Lions Smelter







Wednesday, November 3, 2021 to Tuesday, November 30, 2021





This permit is issued to Anton Pelser of APAC to conduct Test Excavations to investigate claims by the Mdluli and Ntswane families of their possible ancestral burials at Glencore's Lion Smelter, Steelpoort, Limpopo Province.

1. This test permit is issued under Section 35(4) of the National Heritage Resources Act (25 of 1999) for test excavations to establish and investigate the possibility ancestral burials as per the two families' request.

2. Upon discovery of any part of human remains or confirmation of a burial all activities must cease, the burial and human remains must be secured adequately. The remains may not be removed without a specific permit from SAHRA.

3. The discovery and confirmation of a burials triggers section 36 (3) of the National Heritage Resources Act (25 of 1999) for burials older than 60 years but less than a 100 years old. The SAHRA's Burial Grounds and Graves (BGG) Unit must be contact for further assistance (Thingahangwi Tshivhase/Mimi Seetelo 012 320 8490).

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

5. A permit report on the results of the test excavations must be emailed to on or before 31 March 2022 using the template in the following link:

6. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to obtain permission from the landowner for each visit.

7. 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.

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

9. 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.

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



PDF of Permit: 

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