A SECOND REPORT ON A CULTURAL HERITAGE IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR THE PROPOSED TUMELA 15 EAST DROPDOWN AND DISHABA 62 EAST RAISE BORE PROJECTS, CLOSE TO NORTHAM, LIMPOPO PROVINCE
In November 2017 Archaetnos cc was requested by SRK Consulting to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment (HIA) for the proposed Tumela 15 East Dropdown and Dishaba 62 East Raise Bore Project. Due to changes in the project scope, Archaetnos was again requested to do an HIA in April 2018. The project lies to the north-east of Northam in the Limpopo Province. The study forms part of the Final Scoping Report for the environmental authorisation process.
The Amandelbult Complex identified two replacement projects to maximise existing infrastructure to supplement the overall declining production profile to sustain production of the existing underground operations. These projects are associated with the existing Tumela and Dishaba operations at Amandelbult. The projects are known as the Tumela 15 East Dropdown and Dishaba 62 East Raise Bore projects. Both projects are planned as short-term production gap fillers for
Amandelbult and, will ensure sustainable production.
The methodology for the study includes a survey of literature and a field survey. The latter was conducted according to generally accepted HIA practices and was aimed at locating all possible objects, sites and features of cultural significance in the area of proposed development.
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. The survey was undertaken by doing a physical survey via off-road vehicle and on foot and covered as much as possible of the area to be studied. Certain factors, such as accessibility, density of vegetation, etc. may however influence the coverage.
All sites, objects, features and structures identified were documented according to the general minimum standards accepted by the archaeological profession. Co-ordinates of individual localities were determined by means of the GPS. The information was added to the description in order to facilitate the identification of each locality.
Public consultation will be done by the EAP.
During the survey no sites of cultural heritage significance were identified within the immediate project area.
- This report is seen as ample mitigation, since nothing of heritage value were identified in both the surveyed areas.
- The proposed development may continue.
- It should be noted that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical sites, features or artifacts is always a distinct possibility. Due to the density of vegetation it also is possible that some sites may only become known later on. Operating controls and monitoring should therefore be aimed at the possible unearthing of such features. 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.
- In This regards the following ‘Chance find Procedure’ should be followed:
- Upon finding any archaeological or historical material all work at the affected area must cease.
2. The area should be demarcated in order to prevent any further work there until an investigation has been completed.
3. An archaeologist should be contacted immediately to provide advice on the matter.
- Should it be a minor issue, the archaeologist will decide on future action, which could include adapting the HIA or not. Depending on the nature of the find, it may include a site visit.
- SAHRA’s APM Unit may also be notified.