A report on a heritage impact assessment for the Umthombo Schoongezicht Colliery, close to Delmas in the Mpumalanga Province


Archaetnos cc was appointed by GCS to conduct a cultural heritage study for the proposed Schoongezicht Colliery. This is located close to Delmas in the Mpumalanga Province.

The fieldwork undertaken revealed four sites of cultural heritage significance. These are all grave yards belonging to the Historical Age. These are discussed in the report.

It seems that only one of the sites will be directly impacted on by the development, as one falls on the edge of the development and the other two falls just outside thereof. There will however more than likely be a secondary impact on these. Mitigation measures are proposed. The development may continue after implementation of these.

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 be dealt with by an archaeologist.

Report by

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