A REPORT ON A CULTURAL HERITAGE IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF A FILLING STATION IN BOSHOEK, NORTH WEST PROVINCE
Archaetnos cc was requested by Hydro Science CC to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment (HIA) for the proposed development of a filling station in Boshoek. The town of Boshoek lies to the north-west of Rustenburg and falls within the Rustenburg Local Municipality, in the North West Province.
The study area is known as portion 135 of the farm Boschhoek 103 JR. It lies towards the north-east of the R565 road, running through Boshoek. Adjacent properties are all either residential or light industrial.
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 Global Positioning System (GPS). The information was added to the description in order to facilitate the identification of each locality.
During the survey no site of cultural heritage significance was identified. This is due to the entire area being disturbed by former and recent human interventions.
It is therefore recommended that the proposed development may continue. This report is seen as ample mitigation.
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.
It is also important to take cognizance that it is the client’s responsibility to do the submission of this report to the relevant heritage authority. No work on site may commence before receiving the necessary comments from this authority.