A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed Eskom Geluk Rural Powerline, close to Brits, Northwest Province
Archaetnos cc was requested by Landscape Dynamics to conduct a cultural heritage
impact assessment for the proposed ESKOM Geluk Rural power line. This is close
to Brits in the Northwest Province. Three options for the route were 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
During the survey no sites of cultural heritage significance was located in the area to
be developed. Two sites, fairly close thereto were however identified. These may
influence the placement of the line and therefore option 2 is recommended. No
mitigation is necessary on this option and the development may therefore continue
on this option.
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.)