A desktop heritage assessment study for a prospecting rights application on various farms Barberton area, Limpopo Province


Archaetnos cc was requested by MSA Geoservices (Pty) Ltd trading as The MSA Group to conduct a scoping level desktop heritage assessment for a Prospecting Right Application (PRA) near Steynsdorp in the Gert Sibande District Municipality of the Mpumalanga Province. The project reference is J2511 Barberton PRA, and is done on behalf of Dalinox Pty Ltd. The area where potential mining will be undertaken is located on various farms (5) in the area. The aims of the study were to determine if there are any possible archaeological and historical sites, and features in the area that need be taken into consideration when prospecting work commences and that could be potentially impacted upon by future mining operations.

Various sources were consulted for the desktop study. From this it is clear that there are a number of possible heritage resources in the larger geographical area, and possibly some sites within the boundaries of the prospecting area. It is envisaged that a number of previously unknown sites might exist here.

A number of recommendations are put forward at the end of this report. If these are implemented, from a Cultural Heritage point of view, there would be no objection to the proposed prospecting.

Report by

A.J. Pelser - Accredited member of ASAPA