A report on a heritage impact assessment (HIA) for the proposed Photo-Voltaic Solar Power Generation Plant on Konkoonsies 91, Pofadder District, Northern Cape


Archaetnos cc was appointed by EScience & Associates, on behalf of Aurora Power Solutions, to conduct a Heritage Impact Assessment for the proposed Photo-Voltaic Solar Power Generation Plant on the farm Konkoonsies 91, in the Pofadder District of the Northern Cape Province. A similar study was done on the farm for Aurora during January 2011, during which a number of archaeological sites were recorded. Based on the results of the earlier work Aurora has positioned their plant in order not to impact negatively on these sites. The 2012 assessment was necessitated by the fact that a second area on Konkoonsies, for the expansion of the Solar Plant, has been selected for development.

A number of archaeological sites, features and objects of some significance were identified during the assessment, some falling outside the study area. All the sites and finds date to the Stone Age. The report gives a discussion of the finds and observations made during the fieldwork and also gives an indication of the methodology followed. It also indicates how to deal with any archaeological material that may be unearthed or disturbed during the development activities.

Mitigation measures to minimize the impact of the development on the sites that were located during the assessment are put forward at the end of this report. Once these have been implemented the development, from a Cultural Heritage perspective, can continue.

Report by

A.J. Pelser - Accredited member of ASAPA