Msunduzi gets land for Burial

2015-10-19 11:29
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Pietermaritzburg - Msunduzi Municipality has secured 10 hectares of land at the Ethembeni Memorial Park in an effort to alleviate a shortage of burial space. 

Ten of 30 hectares of land previously secured for housing, will be used for burials, as the land already had an approved environmental authorisation.

There are currently only two operating cemeteries within Msunduzi municipality — eight are closed. Mountain Rise cemetery is in a crisis with burials taking place on road reserves.

The closing of the Azalea cemetery has put pressure on Mountain Rise cemetery. Mountain Rise cemetery already has more than 67 000 grave plots and caters for about 150 burials a month.

“Once again it must be emphasised that council has been advised as far back as 1996 that the existing cemetery space in the city would be inadequate by 2010. Other than obtaining environmental authorisation for Hollingwood cemetery, there has been a lack of progress on this regard to date,” read the report to council

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