A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed drug Rehabilitation Centre on portion 47 of the farm Wagenpadspruit 354 JQ, close to Rustenburg, North-West ProvinceSummary

Archaetnos cc was requested by Hydro-Science to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment (HIA) for the proposed development of a drug rehabilitation facility on portion 47 of the farm Wagenpadspruit 354 JR. This is located approximately 35 km south-east of Rustenburg in the North-west 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, no site of cultural heritage significance was located in the area to be affected by the development. The area mainly consist of old agricultural field, which means it has been disturbed, thus finding no sites of heritage significance is no surprise. The proposed development may therefore continue. Mitigation measures are proposed as a protocol during construction activities.
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.
For any future development planned outside of the area that was surveyed, a new HIA should be conducted.
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