Andrew Ngozo
2 minute read
27 Aug 2015
4:54 pm

Tshwane cemeteries to go digital

Andrew Ngozo

All 24 cemeteries in Tshwane metro will soon have their data captured electronically to easily store and retrieve information, such as family trees and grave locations.

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This would serve to enhance the Tshwane vision 2055 , mayoral spokesperson Blessing Manale said earlier this week.

“It was introduced to modernise the management of information related to burials within the metro to have efficient, clear and reliable information,” he said.

“Once all teething problems have been resolved, the programme may be implemented in all 24 active cemeteries of the city.”

Manale said the project was mainly based on a computerised application running on a centralised metro server, Rekord Centurion reported.

“This is meant to allow for burial data for all cemeteries to be captured in an electronic format. This approach enables the metro to, among others, store and retrieve the information for use by the metro and its citizens as and when required,” Manale added..

Previously, the records in the registers were only available at the specific cemetery, whereas information captured on the burial management and information system would be shared between all the city’s cemeteries.

According to Manale, data would be captured and backed up daily.

“Data previously recorded in burial registers is also being captured onto the system digitally. To date, the software and setting up of the infrastructure have been finalised and currently the system had been implemented in several cemeteries,” said Manale.

Information contained in 33 registers had been scanned into electronic folders and this information would gradually be transferred to the new system.

“The new system will have many benefits. They include doing away with the old orthodox way of using books, pen and paper; doing away with unreadable fading handwritings; loss of pages in torn registers; avoidance of fraud; and the ability to provide reliable, up-to-date data.”

Manale said an obstacle currently being tackled was the absence of a network connection at some cemeteries.

These included cemeteries and crematoriums in Ga-Rankuwa, Mabopane and Soshanguve, Honingnestkrans, Lotus Gardens and Zandfontein. Olievenhoutbosch and Eersterust cemeteries also had the system implemented.

– Caxton News Service