Hollingwood Cemetery talks continue

2015-05-07 06:00

THE Hollingwood Cemetery, which has long been on the Msunduzi Municipality’s agenda to address the shortage of burial space in Pietermaritzburg, is to be developed.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the municipality is ironing out social issues.

“The Hollingwood Cemetery is not currently being used due to social issues that are being sorted out by the municipality with the community. When those issues have been exhausted, the process of developing a cemetery will commence,” said Madonda.

Burials are currently conducted at the Mountain Rise Cemetery reserves. Madonda said that the Mountain Rise, Azalea, Snathing and Willowfountain cemeteries have been closed due to lack of space.

In 2012 Mpinvestfour Investments (Pty) Limited circulated a communiqué to various local funeral homes alerting them of the lack of burial space at Ethembeni Memorial Park.

At the time, the cemetery had about 7 500 graves.

Madonda said that the KZN Department Economic Development and Tourism, through funding from the Human Settlements department, bought Ethembeni for the development of a human settlement.

“When the purchase was done, it was discovered that there are about five hectares that could be used for burying, but there was a G24 notice that needed to be sorted out.

“The municipality, working with the Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), is finalising the G24 contravention. Once this has been finalised, burials will start when the authority has been received from the MEC, as the land was bought for the building of houses.

“There is a portion of the burial site that was sold by the previous owner for private burial,” explained Madonda

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