A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed Township development on the farm Borthania 9 in Kgotsong, Bothaville, Free State ProvinceSummary

Archaetnos cc was requested by Mashalaba & Associates Consultants to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment (HIA) for a proposed housing development on the farm Borthania 9. This is at the town of Bothaville in the Free State Province. Two different areas were investigated.
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 two sites of cultural heritage significance were located. Both of these were on the first area surveyed. None were identified in the second area. The necessary mitigation measures are recommended. After these have been implemented, the proposed development 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 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.

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Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.) Accredited member of ASAPA (Accreditation number: 166) Accredited member of SASCH (Accreditation number: CH001)