Ntandoyenkosi Dlamini
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8 Sep 2021
06:34

Pietermaritzburg family spends over R15 000 to help fix dilapidated cemetery

Ntandoyenkosi Dlamini

A Pietermaritzburg family has taken it upon themselves to repair part of the Mountain Rise cemetery at a cost of over R15 000.

A Pietermaritzburg family has taken it upon themselves to repair part of the Mountain Rise cemetery at a cost of over R15 000.

Keveshini Moodley and her family recently fixed a dilapidated wall there by replacing and painting it.

“For many years driving past the cemetery when visiting family in Northdale, we have always wanted to do something to improve the look, cleanliness and safety of the graveyard. As a family, we decided it was time to do something even though we did not lay my husband’s father’s ashes there.”
Keveshini Moodley

Moodley said the main reason for doing this was because when her husband’s father died on August 1, it was clear to them that they could not lay his ashes at the Mountain Rise cemetery because of the poor state it is in.

“For many years driving past the cemetery when visiting family in Northdale, we have always wanted to do something to improve the look, cleanliness and safety of the graveyard. As a family, we decided it was time to do something even though we did not lay my husband’s father’s ashes there,” she said.

Moodley added that by fixing the wall they hope to inspire other residents and the Msunduzi Municipality to get involved and help them clean and maintain this sacred resting place.

The Mountain Rise cemetery wall before it was fixed and painted.

She said three young unemployed men assisted them in reviving the cemetery. They are also planning to install a gate for the cemetery as well, she said.

“It cost us over R15 000, but I really don’t want it to come across as if we are doing this for anything in return because we are not.

“There is another upliftment project already under way where we plan to create much-needed employment in PMB and a community centre,” she said.

Meanwhile, Ward 28 councillor Lucky Naicker said he is pleased that the Moodley family has jumped on board to do help because the wall had fallen over and the municipality had done nothing about it for over five years.

“Another big problem in the cemetery is that there are also valuables on the graves, for example Hindu believers normally put brassware on the graves of their loved ones and these can be stolen.”
Ward 28 councillor Lucky Naicker

Naicker said the wall was originally erected by the municipality but was not maintained over the years.

He added that the family reached out to him before working on the cemetery and he gave them permission to do so.“They got a brand-new wall, they painted it and it looks beautiful.

“Another big problem in the cemetery is that there are also valuables on the graves, for example Hindu believers normally put brassware on the graves of their loved ones and these can be stolen,” said Naicker, adding that the family has also organised security personnel to patrol the cemetery.

Naicker said the only remaining issue is the waste and rubble left at the cemetery.

“I have asked the municipality to help us remove it, they promised to do it but it is still not done,” he said.

Msunduzi did not respond to queries by the time of publication.