A report on a heritage impact assessment for the proposed Lanseria commercial crossing development on various portions of Bultfontein 533 JQ, Nooitgedacht 534 JQ and Nietgedacht 535 JQ, near Lanseria Gauteng
Archaetnos cc was requested by the Cavaleros Construction Co (Pty) Ltd to conduct a Heritage Impact Assessment for the proposed Proposed Lanseria Commercial development, situated on various portions of Bultfontein 533 JQ, Nooitgedacht 534 JQ and Nietgedacht 535 JQ, in Gauteng. A large-scale warehousing and other industrial development are being planned.
The area has been fairly extensively disturbed in the recent past by rural and urban residential developments, agricultural activities and other recent activities such as roads and other commercial and industrial developments. If any sites, features or objects of a heritage nature or significance existed in the area during the past it would have been disturbed or destroyed to a large degree. The only sites of significance recorded in the area are a number of informal cemeteries, one which will have to be relocated. The others might fall outside the development boundaries, although this will have to be confirmed. Ruins of farmsteads and related structures are also scattered throughout the area. Recommendations regarding the mitigation of impacts on these sites are given at the end of this report. It should also be mentioned that members of the Mahlangu family still reside in the area, and they will be relocated as well. Some of the graves in the one cemetery belong to the family.
If the recommendations put forward at the end of this document are implemented, then, from a Cultural Heritage point of view, there would be no objection to the continuing of the proposed development.
A.J. Pelser - Accredited member of ASAPA