A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for the Continental Limestone Mine, close to Thabazimbi, Limpopo ProvinceSummary

Archaetnos cc was requested by African Litany to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment for a mining right application for Continental Limestone. The operation is planned on different portions of the farms Nooitgedacht 136 JQ, Buffelskraal 544 KQ and Krokodilkraal 545 KQ. This is located in the Thabazimbi Local Municipality, Limpopo Province.

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 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.

Report by

Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)