A report on a cultural heritage assessment for the expansion of mineral residue deposit at the Goedehoop North Colliery, close to Emalahleni, Mpumalanga ProvinceSummary

Archaetnos cc was requested by Geovicon to conduct a cultural heritage assessment (HIA) for the Expansion of Mineral Residue Deposit at the Goedehoop North Colliery. The aim was to locate and evaluate as much as possible cultural heritage resources in the area. The Goedehoop North Colliery is situated south-east of the town of eMalahleni (Witbank) in the Mpumalanga 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 development.
During the survey one site of cultural heritage significance was located. Mitigation measures for this site is proposed, after implementation of which the development may continue.
It should be noted however that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical sites, features or artifacts is always a distinct possibility. Care should therefore be taken when the development commences further that if any of these are discovered, a qualified archaeologist 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