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City plans to extend the number of grave sites <p>​​The City of Cape Town is planning 150 000 new grave sites and assures residents that there is burial space available. </p><p>Between 2005 and 2015, extensions to existing cemeteries occurred at Klip Cemetery (extension north: 3 539 graves, extension west phase 1: 2 190 graves, extension west phase 2: 6 920 graves) and at the Welmoed Cemetery (phase 2: 4 710 graves). </p><p>During that same time period, the following new cemeteries have been wholly or partially developed and are now operational: Delft Cemetery (phase 1: 7 984 graves and phase 2: 19 171 graves), Khayelitsha New Cemetery (9 437 graves) and Wallacedene Cemetery (phases 1 and 2: 19 800 graves). There is ongoing development occurring at existing regional cemeteries, including Atlantis Cemetery phase 1 (up to 50 000 graves) and Welmoed Cemetery (up to 50 000 graves).</p><p>New sub-regional cemeteries include Vaalfontein Outspan Cemetery, Somerset West (which will have capacity for 26 080 graves), and the Metro South-East Cemetery in Mfuleni (which is expected to be able to accommodate 24 800 graves). </p><p>The City has dedicated considerable funds and time to developing cemetery land in Khayelitsha and the community will see development on the Metro South-East Cemetery commencing in the middle of 2017 approaching the winter months. </p><p>‘There are many residents of Cape Town whose cultural and/or religious beliefs require the burial of deceased persons. For many people cremation may therefore never be an option. It is our duty to respect the wishes of our communities and it is for this reason that the City commits millions of rands every year to the development of cemetery space.</p>Around the world, cities are finding it more and more difficult to provide for burial space close to where residents live. In many of the older suburbs of Cape Town, cemeteries have already become full, with no space available for cemetery expansion or new cemetery development. Of the City’s 40 cemeteries, 17 are full.<br><br> <p>‘Our greatest challenge in the development of cemeteries is the availability of land. There are many competing interests for every piece of land in our city, including housing, social facilities, business premises and biodiversity conservation. Also, when land is identified for cemetery development, the environmental and land use approval processes take between seven and 10 years on average to complete.</p><p>‘For residents whose cultural and religious beliefs do not preclude cremation, we strongly encourage this option. Cremation is increasingly becoming a popular option – it is affordable and reduces the demand for burial sites. Currently approximately 40% of our residents opt for cremation, and a slow but steady increase has been noticed of roughly 1,5 % per annum. </p><span> <blockquote cite=""><p>​​​<span class="blockquoteSpan">​​​​​<img class="responsive img-circle" alt="Name Surname" src="" />​​<span></span></span></p><p> ​<em>"The City suggests that residents discuss their preferences with their family, as so often a person dies unexpectedly without having told anyone that they prefer to be cremated. When in doubt, the family normally chooses burial. Burial is generally more expensive and there is often a lot of pressure placed on the bereaved to provide expensive coffins and memorials afterwards. Cremation is a cheaper alternative and ashes can be scattered or buried in a family grave at a fraction of the cost."</em><b>Anda Ntsodo</b><cite>City Mayoral Committee Member: Community Services</cite></p></blockquote>​</span>Due to the high demand for funerals to take place on Saturdays, the City encourages the public to consider weekday burials so that there is less overcrowding of cemeteries and the burial is sure to be done on time and in a quiet and dignified environment.<br><br><p>‘We are aware that some residents are concerned about cemeteries reaching capacity. We wish to assure our residents that we have sufficient capacity within the city for the next 10 years and even beyond that in the case of some cemeteries. Over the coming years, residents may find that the burial capacity is not in their preferred cemetery, but they will be able to inter their loved ones in a cemetery within the city,’ said Councillor Ntsodo. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2016-11-30T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#6199a1b2-2e64-4bd0-abba-c06ea746ee8b;L0|#06199a1b2-2e64-4bd0-abba-c06ea746ee8b|cemetaries;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#51372db9-8158-4984-b5eb-52df2d871648;L0|#051372db9-8158-4984-b5eb-52df2d871648|Cremation;GP0|#64b2591e-28b1-4fe1-8d55-fa078642a54f;L0|#064b2591e-28b1-4fe1-8d55-fa078642a54f|Burial1

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