A final report on a heritage impact assessment (HIA)for the City of Tshwane bus rapid transit line 2a Tshwane, Gauteng


Archaetnos cc was appointed by Iliso Consulting (Proprietary) Limited to conduct a Heritage Impact Assessment for the City of Tshwane Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Lines 2A and 2B. These lines, which includes a number of Stations, runs between Pretoria Central and Menlyn via Hatfield through the following roads:, Skinner Street, Kotze Street, Jorissen Street, University Road, Festival Street, Arcadia Street, Grosvenor Street, Burnett Street (2A), Lynnwood Road, Atterbury Road, General Louis Botha Drive, Aramist Avenue and Lois Avenue (2B).

The line development is located within an urban setting and as a result the area has been extensively disturbed in terms of the archaeological context of the area’s past. However, from a historical point of view the line does cross through areas with high heritage significance, specifically in terms of the built environment. This report deals specifically with Line 2A.

From a Cultural Heritage point of view the development can continue, taking into cognizance the conclusions and recommendations made at the end of this document. It is clear that the development is located mainly in an urban setting and that the area has been heavily disturbed and changed in character in the past through various developments, including residential, industrial, retail, infrastructural and commercial enterprises. Even existing historical structures have been impacted on to a large degree. Very little of the original natural or archaeological and historical landscape still exist and any evidence of pre-historical settlement have been extensively disturbed or destroyed over the last 150 years or so. However, portions of the development are located in a historically built landscape and some structures older than 60 years of age do exist in the area. The impacts of the development will however be minimal, and will mainly entail visual impacts and a possible change in the historical sense of place. Other impacts, such as increase in traffic and pedestrian numbers could result in vandalism, accidental damage during construction work and security risks, and these aspects will have to be addressed.

An Architectural Historian has been consulted to do a detailed Assessment of the Heys Memorial Hall building as well as the Pretoria Science and Technology Museum building. These buildings have a relatively high heritage significance and needs to be preserved.

Report by

A.J. Pelser - Accredited member of ASAPA