Emadlangeni Municipality is currently taking proactive steps, ensuring its community can bid farewell to their deceased in a dignified manner.
This follows the municipality identifying and establishing a new cemetery situated on Plein Street, next to the Municipality Planning Offices. According to Ayanda Mabaso of Emadlangeni Municipality’s Communications office, the reasoning for the new cemetery comes after the Utrecht cemetery on erf 749 reached its capacity with limitations of reserved gravesites, “Hence the municipality is now establishing a new cemetery on erf 750. Erf 750 is a zoned cemetery according to the Emadlangeni Single Land Use Scheme and measures 2.6 hectares.”
During a walkabout at the new site, the Acting Municipal Manager, Stanley De Klerk, highlighted that developing this new cemetery was part of the municipality’s core functions. He elaborates, “The community relies on the municipality to provide burial space for them, to bury their families or relatives in a dignified manner. Our mandate, as the municipality, is to ensure that the community is served with all basic needs and this forms part of it.”
He adds that the municipality has closed the original cemetery, leaving community members from Ward 2 with no option but to bury their loved ones in Khayalethu, which he says in the long term would have resulted in the cemetery filling up faster. “We are hoping that this new cemetery will be utilised by the community for more than 10-15 years to come,” de Klerk said.
Planning and Development Manager, Nontuthuko Mokoena, explained the new cemetery could accommodate a total of 2012 gravesites, consisting of 562 children and 1450 adults. In addition, she further pointed out, the municipality’s future developments will include a crematorium, toilets, and a guardhouse.
The municipality is currently undertaking all the required studies. Mokoena elucidates further, “We are anticipating that this new cemetery will be a state-of-the-art facility since the world has evolved. We are also looking into ensuring that the cemetery complies with COVID-19 regulations, where undertakers will have a washing bay on-site and have showers where they will disinfect. We are hoping that all these plans will be put in the next financial year budget.”
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