A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed Palmietfontein Portion 57 Housing Development, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng ProvinceSummary
Archaetnos cc was requested by BIGEN AFRICA SRVICES (Pty) Ltd to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment (HIA) for a proposed housing development at Palmietfontein Portion 57. This is in Ekurhuleni on the east Rand of the Gauteng 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 no sites of cultural heritage significance were identified within the project boundary. Therefore no specific mitigation measures are needed and 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 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.)