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Street people help to create dignified burial spaces<p>The City's cemeteries receive a high number of visitors over the festive season as loved ones take time out to visit the graves of family members.</p> <span> <p>The City has appointed 190 staff via the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) street people database to undertake general horticultural maintenance at cemeteries, including weeding and overall cleaning of flower beds, removal of alien vegetation, cleaning of ablution facilities, and picking up of litter. Altogether, 20 cemeteries will benefit from this maintenance project, which will run until the end of February 2017.</p> <p>'We need to ensure that the City's cemeteries are neat and tidy and provide a dignified space for loved ones to pay their respects. The City Parks Department has experienced a number of challenges in ensuring that cemeteries are well-kept and welcoming spaces. We would therefore like to thank the Social Development Department who threw a lifeline by offering the services of EPWP workers to help with the cleaning and maintenance service during this busy period of the year. Parallel to this top-up service, the cemeteries are cleaned as per the maintenance standards on a monthly basis,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Councillor Anda Ntsodo.</p> <p>Residents are reminded that maintenance of headstones and memorial work at grave sites is the responsibility of the family and not the City of Cape Town.</p> <span> <blockquote cite=""><p> <em>​​​​"This particular project holds a number of benefits, especially for street people. It provides street people who are living in shelters or who have been reunited with their families with a much-needed hand up. In turn, such job opportunities will help to reduce the number of people living on the streets and prevent them from migrating back onto the street for survival. Down the line, they will be equipped with additional skills that could help with further employment opportunities,quot;</em>​ <b>Suzette Little</b><cite>City Mayoral Committee Member: Social Development and Early Childhood Development</cite></p></blockquote>​​</span>We often say that when we work together we can all achieve more and this project is testimony to the fact that collaboration between departments results in a win-win situation. Our cemeteries will be much improved, while helping to create employment opportunities for 190 residents,' added Councillor Ntsodo. <p> <strong> <br></strong> </p> <p> <strong>End</strong></p><p> </p></span>2016-11-07T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#8116a21d-447e-4cb0-b50d-1fbd04f4b2f0;L0|#08116a21d-447e-4cb0-b50d-1fbd04f4b2f0|EPWP;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#13dff606-5cfa-42c8-b9da-e6e516e6e771;L0|#013dff606-5cfa-42c8-b9da-e6e516e6e771|Street People;GP0|#3169b465-3a1a-4e23-89d6-ea634fa1cbbf;L0|#03169b465-3a1a-4e23-89d6-ea634fa1cbbf|cemeteries1

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