A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed Murrayhill Township Development at the Special Forces School, North of the City of Tshwane, Gauteng ProvinceSummary

Archaetnos cc was requested by Strategic Environmental Focus to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment (HIA) for the proposed Murrayhill Township Development. This is a development done for the Department of Defence, north of the City of Tshwane in the Gauteng 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 one site of cultural heritage significance was located. An area containing buildings older than 60 years was also identified. Mitigation measures are proposed. A large section of the surveyed area however seem so disturbed to a large extent and therefore finding nothing else is no surprise. The proposed development may therefore continue after implementation of the mitigation measures.

Care should nevertheless be taken as heritage features are frequently not found due to environmental and other factors having an effect on the survey. It should also be noted that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical sites, features or artifacts is always a distinct possibility. Therefore, when the development commences and any of these are discovered, a qualified archaeologist should 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

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