Relocation of 24 graves with test excavations from Samancor Chrome Limited on the Farm Spitskop 333 Kt, In Steelpoort





Wednesday, March 2, 2022 to Thursday, March 2, 2023



PGS Heritage has been appointed by Samancor Chrome Limited, to affect the relocation of 13 gravesites and conduct test excavations of 11 possible unknown grave areas located on the Spitskop 333 KT, in Steelpoort, within the Fetakgomo Tubatse Locality Municipality Sekhukhune District Municipality Limpopo Province. The above-mentioned grave areas will be affected by mining-related activities of the Samancor Chrome Limited - Eastern Chrome Mines project area. The graves once positively identified will be relocated to a newly identified area on the Farm Spitskop 333KT (S-24.787000 E 30.156833), near Steelpoort in the Fetakgomo Tubatse Municipality, in accordance with the requirements of the Next-of-kin. Local service providers will be utilised. This permit is allocated for the exhumation and relocation of graves that are protected in terms of section 36(3) of the National Heritage Resources Act 25 of 1999 as consented by the next-of-kin (s). Exhumation and relocation of graves that fall outside the said prescript must be authorized by the relevant permitting authorities. The following conditions must be adhered to: 

  1. If the permit holder is not to be present on the site at all times then the heritage authority must be provided with the names and qualifications of the authorized representatives.
  2. Adequate recording methods as specified in the Regulations and Guidelines pertaining to the National Heritage Resources Act must be employed. Note that the position of all excavations and objects collected must be marked on a site plan.
  3. A standard site record form must be lodged on SAHRIS.
  4. Human remains must at all times be handled with respect and graves should not be disturbed except where unavoidable. The consultation procedures as indicated in the Regulations and the National Heritage Resources Act must be observed as appropriate. The recommendations for removal of graves and exhumations and for re-burial stipulated in SAHRA's Policy 'What to do when graves are uncovered', section 3, must be observed as far as possible.
  5. A permit report is due by 31 March 2023. A preliminary report must be submitted within three months from the date this permit is issued. 
  6. All remains recovered, including relics and artefacts must be buried at a local municipal cemetery.
  7. Reprints of all published papers or copies of theses and/or reports resulting from this work must be lodged with the relevant provincial heritage authority and SAHRA.
  8. If a published report has not appeared within three years of the lapsing of this permit, the report required in terms of the permit will be made available to researchers on request.
  9. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to obtain permission from the landowner for each visit, and conditions of access imposed by the landowner must be observed.
  10. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to fill in excavations and protect sites during and after excavation to the satisfaction of the heritage authority and the landowner.
  11. The heritage authority 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.
  12. The heritage authority reserves the right to cancel this permit by notice to the permit holder.



PDF of Permit: 

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