Hankey facing grave problem

2015-05-14 06:00
Hankey residents are 
facing a shortage of space for them to rest as the existing cemeteries could be out of room for new graves in as little as a year. 


          Photo:
MONIQUE BASSON

Hankey residents are facing a shortage of space for them to rest as the existing cemeteries could be out of room for new graves in as little as a year. Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

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IT is hard enough to land prime real estate in Hankey during one’s lifetime, but soon it will be even harder to find it for the deceased.

Hankey residents are facing a shortage of space for them to rest, as the existing cemeteries could be out of room for new graves in as little as a year.

This leaves the Kouga Municipality on a time crunch to build a new cemetery for residents choosing to retire and be buried here.

Municipal spokesperson, Mfundo Sobele, says: “The municipality is under pressure. Although there are a limited number of spaces left in the two cemete-ries to cater for the current scenario, they are running out fast.

“We still have some space left at the cemetery in town, but the one in Centreton is running out of space quickly.”

According to Sobele, the municipality is in the pro-cess to appoint a consultant to investigate suitable land for additional cemeteries across the whole of the Kouga region.

“We have already advertised the appointment of a consultant, and the appointment will take place after the Bid Evaluation and the Bid Adjudication Committees have sat,” says Sobele.

An amount of R500 000 has been set aside for this project.

Apart from limited space, cemeteries are unkempt and dangerous.

According to a resident, who wants to stay anonymous, these cemeteries have become a playground for criminals. “They are meant to be tranquil areas where loved ones are laid to rest, but instead all kinds of danger lurk among the unkempt trees and overgrown grass,” he says.

“The lack of security sees cows grazing on the open land, waste being dumped and headstones being vandalised.”

According to another resident she was brought to tears by the state of the cemetery in town as she visited the grave of her late father, while another said she was left distressed by the sight of the long grass growing over gravestones

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