A report on a heritage impact assessment for the Schurvekop Coal Mine Project near Bethal in the Mpumalanga Province


Archaetnos cc was appointed by GCS to conduct a heritage study for the proposed Schurvekop Coal Mine Project. This is located close to Bethal in the Mpumalanga Province.

The fieldwork undertaken revealed four sites of cultural heritage significance. These are discussed in the report.

At this stage it is not known what the exact location of infrastructure is and therefore the exact impact on the sites cannot be determined. A secondary impact is however expected and therefore the mitigation measures are proposed by keeping this in mind. The developer also needs to take note that all archaeological and historical sites may not have been identified. It also is possible that subterranean archaeological sites may be found later on. On identification of these it needs to dealt with by an archaeologist.

Report by

Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L. Akad. S.A.)