A final report on a heritage impact assessment (HIA)for the City of Tshwane bus rapid transit line 2b 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, run between Pretoria Central and Menlyn via Hatfield through the following roads: Paul Kruger Street, 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 2B.

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.

Report by

A.J. Pelser - Accredited member of ASAPA