A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed Irene Ridge Development in Tshwane, Gauteng ProvinceSummary

Archaetnos cc was requested by Leonie Marais-Botes Heritage Consultants to
conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment (HIA) for the proposed Irene Ridge
development. This is in 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
During the survey no site of cultural heritage significance was located. A large section
of the surveyed area however seem so disturbed to a large extent and therefore finding
nothing 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 Accredited member of SASCH