A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed Phalaborwa Extention 7, Housing, Phalaborwa, Limpopo Province
Archaetnos cc was requested by Imvelo Environmental Consultants to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment (HIA) for the proposed Phalaborwa Extention 7 Housing Development, Phalaborwa in the Limpopo Province. The Township development consists of 591 residential units.
The client indicated the areas where the proposed development is to take place and the survey
was confined to this area. A survey of the available literature was also undertaken in order to
obtain background information regarding the area.
During the survey five areas of cultural heritage significance were located in the indicated areas. One of these is of high/medium cultural significance, three of medium significance
and one of low significance. However it may be possible to prevent direct impact on the site of high/medium significance and this is recommended. Should it not be possible, this site should be mitigated, along with the three sites of medium significance.
The proposed development may only continue after proper implementation of the mitigation measures recommended. It should be noted that the subterranean presence of archaeological and/or historical sites, features or artifacts is always a distinct possibility. Care should therefore be taken when work on site commences that if any of these are discovered, a qualified archaeologist be called in to investigate.
Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.)