A report on a heritage impact assessment for the proposed upgrading of the Rimer’s Creek WTW, Barberton, Ehlanzeni District Municipality, Mpumalanga ProvinceSummary

Archaetnos cc was requested by Clean Stream Environmental to conduct a heritage impact assessment (excluding palaeontology) for the proposed upgrade of the Rimer’s Creek Water Treatment Works (WTW). This is in Barberton, Ehlanzeni District Municipality, in the Mpumalanga Province.

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 proposed development.

All sites, objects features and structures identified were to be documented according to the general minimum standards accepted by the 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. The area however is rich in history and some historical and archaeological artefacts were identified. Therefore caution should be taken before development commence.

Possible mitigation measures are proposed. This includes social consultation and a watching brief during construction on site. On implementation of these, the proposed development may continue. It is also important to take cognizance that it is the client’s responsibility to do the submission of this report via the SAHRIS System on the SAHRA website. No work on site may commence before receiving the necessary comments from SAHRA.

Report by

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