A report on a cultural heritage impact assessment for the proposed upgrading Volksrust and Vukuzakhe Wastewater Treatment Plant, Volksrust, Mpumalanga Province


Archaetnos cc was requested by Umsinsi Environmental Specialist to conduct a cultural heritage impact assessment (HIA) for the proposed Upgrade Volksrust Vukazakhe Waste Water Treatment Plant, Volksrust in the Mpumalanga Province. The Upgrade includes the construction of a 600mW generator and a pipeline (315mm) of 1,5km long.

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 two areas of cultural heritage significance were located in the indicated areas. One of these is of high/medium cultural significance and the other one of high cultural significance. The site of high cultural significance falls outside the direct development area, but inderict impact might occur. The geology of the second sight might effect the suitability for the development to take place and will also only be inderictly impacted on if this is the case.

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.

Report by

Annie Radford - Affiliated Member of ASAPA & Dr. A.C. van Vollenhoven (L.AKAD.SA.) - Accredited member of ASAPA