Msunduzi eyes new burial site

2015-09-11 09:00
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THE Msunduzi Municipality is expediting 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.

A report to the council states that although only 60% of the land at Lamonts Vale can be used for burials, it would provide burial space for the next 45 years.

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said the matter had returned to the executive committee as a geo-technical investigation had just been completed and a report on its findings was ready.

It was found that only 60% of the land, situated near the Bisley Nature Reserve, was suitable for burial purposes, and not 80% as initially anticipated.

The rest of the land would accommodate services including 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.

It was recommended and agreed that Nkosi be authorised to deviate from standard practices in purchasing the land “as a matter of urgency”.

It was also considered prudent that Mayor Chris Ndlela “fast-track the process” in his political capacity, as there was a dire need for burial sites in the city.

The Community Services Portfolio reported that the current trend of burials in the city was 50 per week

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