Report on a heritage impact assessment related to the proposed railroad links for the grootehoek Coal Mining Company’s (GCMC) Waterberg Project near Lephalale in the Limpopo ProvinceSummary

Archaetnos cc was requested by Cabanga Concepts GCS to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed railway links associated with the Grootehoek Coal Mining Company’s (GCMC) Waterberg Project. This is situated west of the town of Lephalale in the Limpopo Province.
During the survey of the 2 alternative railway links being considered for the proposed development, no sites of cultural heritage significance were located. A number of sites, identified during a previous survey on the GCMC Mining Right Application Area, were however confirmed during this assessment. These sites need to be dealt with in accordance with Kruger’s (2012) Heritage Impact Assessment Report.
As far as the railway link alternatives are concerned, either of the alternatives may continue. This report is therefore seen as ample mitigation.
It should be noted that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical sites, features or artifacts is always a distinct possibility. The state of the environment also makes it possible that not all sites were identified. Care should therefore be taken when development commences that if any of these are discovered, a qualified archaeologist be called in to investigate the occurrence and adapt this report.
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.)