A report on a heritage impact assessment for the proposed Groot Marico extension 2 township development on the remaining extent of portion 127 and portion 282 of the farm Wonderfontein 258 JP, near Groot Marico, Northwest


Archaetnos cc was appointed by Maxim Planning Solutions, on behalf of Sun Success Construction cc, to conduct a Heritage Impact Assessment for the proposed development of a township (Groot Marico Extension 2) on the Remaining Extent of Portion 127 and Portion 282 of the farm Wonderfontein 258 JP, near Marico in the Northwest Province. The development project forms part of the Emergency Settlement Upgrading program of the Department of Human Settlements.

The area has been extensively disturbed through informal settlement and housing (the main reason for the proposed development) and if any sites, features or objects of a cultural (archaeological and historical) nature or significance existed in the area during the past it would have been disturbed or destroyed to a large degree. One site (a fairly recent cemetery) was identified during the assessment of the area, located just outside the development footprint. The report discusses the results of the assessment and background research on the archaeology and history of the area, and provides recommendations regarding any mitigation measures that might have to be implemented.

If the recommendations put forward at the end of this document are implemented, then, from a Cultural Heritage point of view, there would be no objection to the continuation of the proposed development.

Report by

A.J. Pelser - Accredited member of ASAPA