Cleanup begins at city cemetery

2013-05-02 00:00

THE great Mountain Rise Cemetery cleanup has begun.

For the past week, workers have been mowing their way across the front section of the city’s burial grounds.

The rest of the 68 hectares will be cut over the next two months.

Chairperson of the Community Services Portfolio Committee, Manilall Inderjith, was asked whether this was a once-off operation.

He was also asked for assurances that there would be ongoing maintenance of the cemetery.

He said that schedules had been drawn up for a grass-cutting programme to be put in place for the year.

When the municipality went under administration, the previous programmes had collapsed because no money was set aside for this basic service. Mountain Rise Cemetery is in line to become a South African Heritage site as the ANC’s fourth president, Josiah Gumede, is buried there.

The South African Heritage Resources Agency last year announced its intention to have the grave sites of all former ANC presidents declared national heritage sites.

Shortly after this, the Msunduzi Municipality put out an implementation plan for a R2,8 million revamp of the cemetery.

This will include fixing the roads, gates, fences, new ablution blocks and prayer areas.

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