NMB cemetries almost full

2018-06-06 06:00

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In an effort to get more space for graves soon, it is planned to expand the Matanzima (KwaNobuhle) and Malabar cemeteries. Another solution in their search for more space is to offer graves in the footpaths of certain cemeteries.

“In the North End cemetery, where the footpaths are very wide, we have been given permission to make graves available. When the big open roads are no longer accessible to cars, it also helps to keep people away who are up to no good in the cemetery,” said Kops.

New fences are also erected around cemeteries according to a priority list to curb crime and to prevent vandalism.

Lance Grootboom, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Health, said that R8 million was spent on Motherwell’s border fence and another R5 million for a border fence at the Forest Hill cemetery.

“The fences are very necessary. Where fences are errected, the difference can be seen. The cemetery looks more beautiful and cleaner, and it also offers better access control.”

He says both projects should be completed by the end of June.

But damage that has already been done to Motherwell’s unfinished fence can cause the project to slow down.

Residents of an adjacent informal settlement damage the fence to take a shortcut or to use the cemetery’s water.

Grootboom said that concrete would soon be placed under the fence to try to prevent this.

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