A report on a heritage impact assessment for the proposed Sasol CSP Project near Upington in the Northern Cape Province


Archaetnos cc was appointed by WSP Environment and Energy to conduct a cultural heritage study for the proposed SASOL CSP Project. This is situated on the farm Van Rooys Vlei close to Upington in the Northern Cape Province.

The fieldwork undertaken revealed numerous features of archaeological nature. It is difficult to name these sites due to the lack of vast amounts of cultural material. One of these dates to the recent historical past or Historical Age and the rest to the Stone Age. The features are discussed in the report.

It seems some of these features will be directly impacted on by the development. On others there might be a secondary impact. 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. Apart from natural factors this is also due to certain farms not being accessible. 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.) - Accredited member of ASAPA