Mountain Rise: Msunduzi executive committee approves funding to hire dedicated team to maintain cemetery

2012-10-15 00:00

THE Msunduzi executive committee (Exco) approved funding for the employment of a dedicated team of 20 seasonal grasscutters to work at the Mountain Rise cemetery.

This is as a result of the public outcry over the poor state of the cemetery.

The team will commence clearing the cemetery from this month to May next year. Exco also approved funding for repairs to the cemetery caused by vandalism and neglect.

A comprehensive report from the Department of Parks, Sports and Recreation, which oversees the cemetery, lay bare the extent of theft and vandalism at the graveyard.

There will also be relief for northern suburbs motorists who have long complained about the cemetery being used as a thoroughfare during peak traffic times and of trucks blocking the entrance. Bollards will be used to block certain entrances and there will be more controlled access.

Other instances of theft and vandalism that will receive attention according to the report include:

• Stolen gates and fences to be replaced. These include the gates at the entrance of the cemetery and gates and a fence at the horticultural office.

• The steel palisade fencing around the memorial garden that was stolen is to be replaced.

• There was a spate of break-ins and vandalism at one of the crematoriums where gas bottles and cables were stolen and the building was extensively damaged. (The cost of the repairs estimated at R75 000 will be considered for inclusion in next year’s budget).

• The concrete fence around Mountain Rise cemetery is to be repaired this year and in addition, razor wire will be used to prevent uanuthorised entry.

• Plans are also afoot for guards to be stationed at the entrance for stricter access control.

• Bollards are to be erected at the entrance of the cemetery in Greytown Road to prevent heavy vehicles from turning and parking.

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