A report on a cultural heritage assessment for the proposed construction of a 132kv overhead powerline and switchyard station for the authorized Solis Power I Csp Project near Upington, Northern Cape ProvinceSummary

Archaetnos cc was appointed by Savannah Environmental (Pty) Ltd to conduct a cultural heritage assessment study for the proposed construction of a 132kV overhead power line and switchyard station for the authorized Solis Power I CSP Project. This is situated on the farm Van Roois Vley and Erf 1080 close to Upington in the Northern Cape Province.

No fieldwork was undertaken since the area has been surveyed at least twice before and a Phase II mitigation study has also been conducted there. The results from these were utilized in compiling this impact assessment report. During these studies numerous features of archaeological nature was revealed. Two of these date to the recent historical past or Historical Age and the rest to the Stone Age. One of the historical sites is a grave yard. The features are discussed in the report.

It seems some of these features will be directly impacted on by the development. On others there might be a secondary impact. Mitigation was already done on this area previously and this is taken into consideration in this assessment. Additional mitigation measures are nevertheless proposed. The development may continue after implementation of these.

The developer also needs to take note that all archaeological and historical sites may not have been identified. It also is possible that subterranean archaeological sites may be found later on. On identification of these it needs to be dealt with by an archaeologist.

Report by

Prof. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.) Accredited member of ASAPA Accredited member of SASCH