A report on a heritage impact assessment for the Sylvania Lannex Tailings Dam on the farm Grootboom Annex 335KT, near Steelpoort, Mpumalanga Province


Archaetnos cc was appointed by Prescali Environmental Consultants (Pty) Ltd, on behalf of SAMANCOR Eastern Chrome Lannex Section, to conduct a heritage impact assessment on the farm Grootboom Annex 335 KT, near Steelpoort in Mpumalanga Province. The development of the Sylvania Lannex Tailings Dam is being proposed.

In the area impacted upon by the proposed development a number of sites of some cultural heritage significance were found, dating to the Stone Age period. The report gives a discussion of these sites (scatters of eroded out stone tools) and also gives an indication of the methodology followed. It also indicates how to deal with any archaeological material that may be unearthed during quarrying activities in the future.

The sites are of medium cultural significance. Mitigation measures to minimize the impact of the development on these sites, or occurrences, are put forward at the end of this report. Once these are implemented the proposed development may continue and the sites may be demolished.

Report by

A.J. Pelser & A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)