Heritage impact assessment report for the Northam Magnetite Mine


Archaetnos cc was requested by Eco Partners to conduct a cultural heritage resources impact assessment (HIA) for the Bakgatla VTM Magnetite Mine, close to Northam. The project area lies to the south of the town of Northam in the Limpopo Province.
The field survey for the project was conducted according to generally accepted HIA practices and was aimed at locating possible objects, sites and features of cultural significance in the area of proposed development. One regularly looks a bit wider than the demarcated area, as the surrounding context needs to be taken into consideration.
Six sites of cultural importance were identified on the farm. It is therefore recommended that these be mitigated as indicated in the report.
It should also be noted that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical sites, features or artefacts is always a distinct possibility. 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.

Report by

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