A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed Tumela Central Shaft Project at the Amandelbult section of Rustenburg Platinum Mines, close to Northam, Limpopo Province
Archaetnos cc was requested by WSP to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed Central Shaft at the Tumela Mine. This is part of Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited which is owned by Anglo American Limited. The site is situated close to the town of Northam in the Limpopo Province. Apart from the position of the central shaft, three different options for the placement of the waste rock dump were also investigated.
A survey of the available literature was undertaken in order to obtain background information regarding the area. This was followed by the field survey which was conducted according to generally accepted HIA practices, aimed at locating all possible objects, sites and features of cultural significance in the area of the proposed development.
All sites, objects features and structures identified were to be documented according to the general minimum standards accepted by the archaeological profession. Co-ordinates of individual localities were determined by means of a Global Positioning System (GPS). The information was added to photographs and the description in order to facilitate the identification of each locality.
During the survey no sites of cultural heritage significance were located. Therefore there is no preference for any of the options indicated. The proposed development may continue.
It should be noted however that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical sites, features or artifacts is always a distinct possibility. Care should therefore be taken when the development commences further that if any of these are discovered, a qualified archaeologist be called in to investigate.
It is also important to take cognizance that it is the client’s responsibility to do the submission of this report via the SAHRIS System on the SAHRA website. No work on site may commence before receiving the necessary comments from SAHRA.
Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)