A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed Rustenburg Local Municipality – Bokamoso Housing Project: Environmental Authorisation for a housing development, temporary waste water treatment plant and other associated infrastructure, close to Rustenburg, Northwest Province
Archaetnos cc was requested by SRK Consulting to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment (HIA) for a proposed housing development, called the Rustenburg Local Municipality – Bokamoso Housing Project. This is planned to the east of Rustenburg in the Northwest Province. A survey of the available literature was undertaken in order to obtain background information regarding the proposed project area and the surrounding environment. 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 project area. During the HIA survey one site of cultural heritage significance was identified within the project boundary, but a second was found nearby. These are discussed in the report and the necessary recommendations are given. After implementation of these, 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 possibility. As such, care should be taken when the construction phase of the project commences. If any historical sites, features or artifacts are discovered, a qualified archaeologist should be commissioned to investigate. It is also important to take cognisance of the applicant’s responsibility to submit this report via the SAHRIS System on the South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA) website. No work on site may commence before receiving the necessary comments from the SAHRA.
Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.) Accredited member of ASAPA Professional member of SASCH & Cherene de Bruyn (BA), BA (Hons) Archaeology