Scoping report and heritage impact assessment for the Kyalami Strengthening Project, Midrand, Gauteng


Archaetnos cc was appointed by Savannah Environmental (Pty) Ltd to conduct a scoping survey and specialist input for the Kyalami strengthening project. This included a proposed new substation and the associated power lines.

The scope of the survey was to investigate the areas for three alternative substation sites and five alternative transmission line corridors. The aim was to evaluate these alternatives in order to indicate a preferred substation site and power line development corridor from a heritage perspective.

The investigated area mainly consists of the site where the Leeuwkop prison is situated, but some of the alternative power line corridors run into the surrounding residential areas. This is in Midrand, Gauteng.

From the fieldwork undertaken no real difference between the indicated sites and corridors could be determined. However, some of these areas may have a high potential of revealing heritage resources during the construction phase as sites may be buried. These possibilities are indicated.

It is concluded that from a heritage perspective, none of the alternative sites for the substation or the alternative corridors for the power lines is preferred and that any of these could be used.

Report by

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