Gcina Ntsaluba
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19 Mar 2020
5:21 pm

Ekurhuleni running out of burial space

Gcina Ntsaluba

The city says residents might have to consider burying multiple people per grave or making use of cemeteries in nearby towns, as Ekurhuleni currently only has 30% vacant burial space remaining.

Graves and tombstones. Picture is for illustrative purposes only. Picture: Facebook

Cemeteries in the City of Ekurhuleni are approaching full capacity for new burials, with just 30% of the vacant burial space remaining across the municipality. Nhlanhla Cebekhulu, spokesperson for the City of Ekurhuleni, said the Phumlani Cemetery in Etwatwa was closed on 29 February 2020 due to non-availability of burial space. "Nevertheless, the city has reserved a small portion of land at the Phumlani Cemetery for the burial of indigents and paupers only," said Cebekhulu. He said residents in the Etwatwa could use nearby cemeteries such as Lala Ngoxolo in Crystal Park and Petersfield in Springs. Cebekhulu encouraged residents to...