New burial land report debated

2015-10-08 06:00

THE city’s plans to buy desperately needed burial land in Lamonts Vale may have been scuppered after it was discovered that only 20% of the land is suitable for burial.

A geotechnical investigation ­revealed that 20% of the land was suitable, 40% was “partially unsuitable” and 40% completely unsuitable. It was initially thought as much as 80% of the land was suitable­.

Councillors decided to stand the matter down until more detailed reports on the land become available.

Although municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi insisted that 60% of the land was suitable, DA councillor­ David Ryder questioned the report.

“The report from the geotechnical investigation states that only 20% is suitable and 40% is partially suitable. Which part of that 40% is suitable then? We must be jolly sure we getting the best return for our money,” said Ryder adding that “very serious” questions arise from the report.

Nkosi said the municipality may have to invest in the land to make it “more suitable”.

Msunduzi Municipality tried to fast-track the purchase of land at Lamonts Vale on the Richmond road for a new burial site, to deal with the “catastrophic” burial situation at the Mountain Rise cemetery.

The report stated if only 60% of land was suitable, it would still provide burial space for the next 45 years.

The rest of the land would accommodate a crematorium, a chapel, parking, and warehouses for foundries, plant and equipment and a municipal depot. Warehouses would also be built and rented out to undertakers. Inter-leading roads and storm- water drainage would also be built

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