A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for a proposed new TSF pipeline at the Two Rivers Platinum Mine, close to Steelpoort, Limpopo Province
Archaetnos cc was requested by GCS to conduct a cultural heritage impact
assessment for a proposed new TSF pipeline at the Two Rivers Platinum Mine. This
is close to Steelpoort in the Limpopo Province. The pipeline is associated with the
proposed building of the new Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) for which a Heritage
Impact Assessment Report was done in October 2012.
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
All sites, objects features and structures identified were to be documented according
to the general minimum standards accepted by th e 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 was located in the area to
be developed. A few stone tools were however found. The development may
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 that if any of these are
discovered, a qualified archaeologist be called in to investigate.
Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.) Accredited member of ASAPA Professional member of SASCH