A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed EMP amendment for Vlakfontein Mine – South Block Pit, close to Ogies, Mpumalanga ProvinceSummary

Archaetnos cc was requested by Gudani Consulting Environmental & Social Scientists to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment (HIA) for an amendment of the EMP for the South Block Pit at the Vlakfontein Mine. This is close to the town of Ogies 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.
During the survey no sites of cultural heritage significance were located. This is no surprise as the entire area consisted of disturbed landscape. The proposed development may therefore 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 further that if any of these are discovered, a qualified archaeologist be called in to investigate and that the HIA be amended if necessary.
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.)