CAPE TOWN, The City of Cape Town has appealed to residents to consider cremation where possible as an option to burial as South Africa's second largest metropolitan municipality by population runs out of burial space.
Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Social services JP Smith says burial space is a challenge in most cities in the world and Cape Town is no exception.
The city currently manages 40 cemeteries but says it is under continuous pressure to provide more burial space as it remains the preferred option over cremation. Last year, more than 26,000 deaths were recorded in Cape Town of which more than half resulted in burials.
The city has set aside more than 22 million Ran (about 1.69 million US dollars) to build a new cemetery and to extend existing cemeteries. However, Smith says, the demand for land in the city, whether for housing or community facilities, necessitates the consideration of other burial options.
He says two new crematorium were installed in Maitland in February this year and pilot projects are also testing the feasibility of above-ground burial systems. This includes a mausoleum in Maitland and modular grave units at Rusthof Cemetery.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK