A report on an archaeological impact assessment for the proposed Kudu-Halfgewonnen south traction 88kv Lilo Eskom line, Mpumalanga ProvinceSummary

Archaetnos cc was appointed by Texture Environmental Consultants to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed ESKOM Kudu-Halfgewonnen South Traction 88kV Lilo line. The line will run between the proposed Haasfontein Substation on the farm Geluk to the farm Koornfontein. This is to the south of the Komati Power Station, southeast of Emalahleni in the Mpumalanga Province.

Four options for the route and two options for the substation were investigated. The fieldwork undertaken revealed no sites of cultural heritage significance. The main reason for this is the disturbance of the area due to agricultural activities. From a heritage perspective there is therefore no specific preference for any of the proposed routes and substation positions.

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.

Report by

Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.) Accredited member of ASAPA Accredited member of SASCH