ICDP Moodies Scientific Drilling Project Barberton WHS






Tuesday, November 2, 2021 to Wednesday, November 2, 2022




For scientific drilling at drill site BASE-2, located 51m from geosite 208 and 66m from geosite 148 within a SAHRA Geosite polygon, which forms part of the Barberton Makhonjwa World Heritage Site.


1. This permit is issued to Prof Nicolas Beukes (University of Johannesburg).

2. If the permit holder is not to be present on the site at all times then SAHRA must be provided with the names and qualifications of the authorised representatives.

3. Excavation activities will include core drilling of 5cm diameter and 500m length.

4. Adequate recording methods as specified in the Regulations and Guidelines pertaining to the National Heritage Resources Act must be employed.

5. Half of the core will be stored at the national South African Donkershoek core storage facility outside Pretoria, and the other half at the Core Repository for Scientific Drilling at the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) in Berlin. A permit must be obtained from SAHRA for export of the core.

6. A final permit report on the results of the activities must be emailed to on or before 02 November 2022 using the template in the following link: SAHRA reserves the right to withhold further permits if progress is not deemed satisfactory. Permit reports can be made available to researchers on request within three years of the lapsing of this permit.

7. Reprints of all published papers or copies of theses and/or reports resulting from this work must be lodged with SAHRA.

8. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to obtain permission from the landowner for each visit, and to ensure that he or she has an understanding with the landowner concerning: the number of visitors and workers; conditions for camping on the property; speed limits on access roads; possible prohibitions on off-road driving; size, type and number of vehicles permitted; possible prohibitions on trespassing beyond the site; disturbing fauna, flora or substrate; erection and demolition of structures on the site; appropriate hours of visiting and working on the site; use of firewood, electricity and water; lighting fires and the prevention of uncontrolled fires and any fencing necessary to protect livestock. Conditions of access imposed by the landowner must be observed.

9. The permit holder shall be responsible for the activities and impacts of all colleagues, students and employees under his or her supervision.

10. The permit holder must take measures to ensure the safety of any person who may enter the site as part of their team or as their visitor.

11. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to protect sites during and after drilling and to ensure that, where appropriate, drill holes are filled in to the satisfaction of SAHRA and the landowner.

12. SAHRA shall not be liable for any losses, damages or injuries to persons or properties as a result of any activities in connection with this permit.

13. SAHRA reserves the right to cancel this permit by notice to the permit holder.

14. This permit is subject to a general appeal and may be suspended should an appeal against the decisions be received by SAHRA within 14 days from the date of the permit. SAHRA may not be held responsible for any costs or losses incurred in the event of the suspension or retraction of this permit.

15. Request to renew permits must be done at least two months prior to the expiry of the existing permit.



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