A report on an archaeological heritage impact assessment for the proposed Kudu-Halfgewonnen South Traction 88kv Lilo Eskom line and Kromklip Tee-Van Dyks Tee, 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. Another section to be investigated was the Kromklip Tee to Van Dyks Tee, consisting of a 2 x 88kV line.
This is to the south of the Komati Power Station and the east of Ogies, south of Emalahleni in the Mpumalanga Province.
For Kudu-Halfgewonnen, 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.
For Kromklip-Van Dyks, one option was investigated. Two sites of heritage significance were identified. The necessary mitigation measures are proposed. Only after implementation of these the project may continue.
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.) Accredited member of ASAPA Accredited member of SASCH