A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment in support of the strategic environmental assessment for the proposed integrated rapid transport network (IRPTN) for the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng Province
Archaetnos cc was requested by Gudani Consulting to conduct a cultural heritage
impact assessment in support of the strategic environmental assessment for the
proposed integrated rapid public transport network for the City of Tshwane
Metropolitan Municipality. This is in the Gauteng Province. The investigated routes
included the TRT trunk route, TRT stations, TRT terminals, TRT bus stops, TRT bus
feeder routes (with emphasis on Phase Line 1, 2A and 2B), TRT Atteridgeville link,
TRT Grosvenor link and the TRT NMT routes.
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
As the lines will run in the centre of current roads, no impact here is foreseen.
Therefore, although cultural heritage sites and features were identified, these will all
most likely only be impacted on indirectly. The development may therefore continue.
However, in certain cases the road will be widened. As the detail of these roadwidening sections are not available yet, no specific impact could be indicated.
Therefore the possible impact on heritage resources identified is indicated. The
heritage resources indicated are only ones that may be impacted on and the
developer is therefore warned to ensure that impact on these are minimised. Should
it be realised that a specific heritage resource will definitely be impacted on directly,
a heritage specialist will have to be contracted in order to recommend specific
mitigation measures. Those that will in the end not be impacted on, should just be
left as they are.
It should be noted however that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or
historical sites, features or artefacts 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. A watching brief is
therefore proposed as the most viable way of ensuring that heritage sites and
features are protected.
Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)