On Wednesday, the Tshwane Environmental Management Department announced its proactive efforts to locate new plots for cemetery developments, addressing the imminent closure of Ga-Rankuwa and Mabopane cemeteries in 2024. As per Jacaranda FM, this decision follows a recent assessment revealing that the burial space in both cemeteries is nearing its capacity limit.
According to Tshwane spokesperson Lindela Mashigo, the closure of these cemeteries will not only involve identifying new burial grounds but will also accommodate reburials. Additionally, services for reopening and bookings for tombstone erection will continue in both facilities.
Mashigo highlighted the anticipated timelines for the closure of Mabopane and Ga-Rankuwa cemeteries. The lifespan of Mabopane Cemetery will conclude by February 2024, with a potential earlier end in January if burial numbers surpass estimates. Similarly, Ga-Rankuwa Cemetery’s estimated closure is March 2024, with a possibility of an earlier closure if burial numbers are higher than anticipated.
During the transition, burials will be redirected to the Klip-Kruisfontein Cemetery, close to the affected areas. Tshwane’s proactive approach aims to ensure a seamless continuation of burial services for the community while addressing the challenges posed by the limited capacity of existing cemeteries.
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