More time for burials over weekends

2015-10-13 06:00

From the beginning of this month the burial hours at Maitland, Welmoed and Khayelitsha cemeteries have been extended on Saturdays and Sundays.

This is being done for a trial period of six months.

The purpose of the extension is to accommodate more burials over the weekend, to provide a more dignified service in the busiest cemeteries and to avoid congestion between noon and 14:00.

The extended hours will be on Saturdays from 08:00 to 16:00 and on Sundays from noon to 15:00.

Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects, says about 1000 burials a month take place in Cape Town cemeteries.

Saturday is the much preferred day for funerals at the City’s cemeteries.

“We want our cemeteries to be quiet and dignified spaces where people can congregate to bury and mourn their loved ones. But with so many funerals taking place on the same day, this is no easy task. I believe that the extension of the burial booking hours on Saturdays at our three largest cemeteries will go a long way towards addressing this challenge,” says Walker.

Sunday morning burials for specific denominations will still apply.

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