A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed further development on Portion 385 of the Farm Waterkloof 305 JQ, Rustenburg, North West ProvinceSummary
Archaetnos cc was requested by Hydro Science to conduct a cultural heritage impact
assessment (HIA) for a proposed mixed development on portion 385 of the farm
Waterkloof 305 JQ. This is in Rustenburg in the North West province.
The methodology for the study includes a survey of literature and a field survey. The
latter was conducted according to generally accepted HIA practices and was aimed
at locating all possible objects, sites and features of cultural significance in the area
of proposed development.
If required, the location/position of any site was determined by means of a Global
Positioning System (GPS), while photographs were also taken where needed. The
survey was undertaken by doing a physical survey via off-road vehicle and on foot
and covered as much as possible of the area to be studied. Certain factors, such as
accessibility, density of vegetation, etc. may however influence the coverage.
All sites, objects, features and structures identified were documented according to
the general minimum standards accepted by the archaeological profession. Coordinates
of individual localities were determined by means of the Global Positioning
System (GPS). The information was added to the description in order to facilitate the
identification of each locality.
During the survey three buildings of cultural heritage significance were identified.
The area, however, is mostly disturbed by former and recent human interventions
and nothing else was found.
Mitigation measures in relation to these three buildings are recommended. The
proposed development may continue after implementation of these.
It should be noted that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical
sites, features or artifacts is always a distinct possibility. Due to the density of
vegetation, it also is possible that some sites may only become known later on.
Operating controls and monitoring should therefore be aimed at the possible
unearthing of such features. 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.
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.
Prof. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.) Accredited member of ASAPA Accredited member of SASCH