150 000 more grave sites planned for Cape Town

2016-12-01 18:49
Graveyard. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town – In a drive to make more burial space available, 150 000 new grave sites are planned for Cape Town.

The City announced this on Thursday.

But it is still encouraging cremation to ensure that there is ample space for grave sites.

Of the City of Cape Town’s 40 cemeteries, 17 are are full, and only a decade of burials can still be accommodated.

Since 2005, the City of Cape Town had developed more than 73 000 grave sites, it said in a statement. There were plans for another 150 000 grave sites.

In the statement, it said the Klip Road Cemetery in Grassy Park and the Welmoed Cemetery in Blackheath had been extended.

New cemeteries – including in Delft, Khayelitsha, Wallacedene and Atlantis – had either been partially developed or developed from scratch.

Availability of land a challenge

"There are many residents of Cape Town whose cultural and/or religious beliefs require the burial of deceased persons. For many people cremation may therefore never be an option," said mayoral committee member for community services Anda Ntsodo.

"It is our duty to respect the wishes of our communities and it is for this reason that the City commits millions of rands every year to the development of cemetery space.

"In Cape Town, we currently have enough burial space to accommodate another 10 years of burials at the current demand."

Ntsodo said the availability of land posed the biggest challenge when developing cemeteries.

"There are many competing interests for every piece of land in our city, including housing, social facilities, business premises and biodiversity conservation.

"Also, when land is identified for cemetery development, the environmental and land use approval processes take between seven and 10 years on average to complete."

Most funerals took place on Saturdays and in the statement, the City encouraged residents to consider weekday burials so that cemeteries would be less crowded over weekends.

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