A REPORT ON A HERITAGE IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR THE PROPOSED DEVIATION OF GROOTPAN-KLIPSPRUIT AND COLOGNE-WILGE 132KV LINES, CLOSE TO OGIES, MPUMALANGA PROVINCE
Archaetnos cc was requested by Setala Environmental Services to conduct a Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) related to the proposed deviation of the Grootpan-Klipspruit 132kV and Cologne-Wilge 132kV power lines. This is close to the town of Ogies, 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.
The two power lines to be deviated will be on a double circuit structure where both lines are mounted on the same structure (pylon). Two alternative deviation routes were investigated. During the survey no sites of cultural heritage significance were identified. Since the entire area that were investigated is disturbed, chances of locating such sites are very slim. From a heritage perspective, the proposed development may therefore continue on any of the two alternatives.
It should be noted however that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical sites, features or artefacts 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 assessment 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.
Prof. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.) Accredited member of ASAPA Accredited member of SASCH