A draft report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed Rainbow Junction development, City of Tshwane, Gauteng Province


Archaetnos cc was requested by GIBB Engineering & Architecture to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment (HIA) for the proposed Rainbow Junction Development. This is in the City of Tshwane in the Gauteng 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. It differed however from the usual methodology in the sense that three known sites were assessed and nothing else was being investigated. An earlier HIA study was however used in assisting with this one.
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. This is in accordance with the general minimum standards accepted by the archaeological profession.
The area in which the three investigated sites are situated, is mostly disturbed by recent human interventions. This report recommends mitigation measures for the three indicated sites. Only after these have been implemented, the proposed development may continue. The mitigation measures are discussed in the report.
It should be noted that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical sites, features or artifacts is always a distinct possibility. It therefore is possible, although unlikely, that some sites may only become known later on. 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.

Report by

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