A report on an archaeological impact assessment (AIA) for proposed mining operations on the remainder of the farm Paling 434, Hay Magisterial District, Northern Cape


Archaetnos cc was requested by Cultmatrix Heritage Consultants, on behalf of Kai Batla Holding Pty Ltd, to conduct an Archaeological Impact Assessment on the remainder of the farm Paling 434, in the Hay Magisterial District of the Northern Cape (near Postmasburg). New mining operations on the farm are being planned. Manganese was mined in the area in the past.

A number of sites of cultural (archaeological and historical) heritage significance were found in the area, dating to the Stone Age and more recent Historical period. Some of the historical sites are related to past mining activities on Paling. The report gives a discussion of these sites and also gives an indication of the methodology followed. It also indicates how to deal with any archaeological material that may be unearthed during future development activities.

The sites are of low to high significance. Mitigation measures to minimize the impact of the development on these sites are put forward at the end of this report. Once these have been implemented the development can continue.

Report by

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