11 September 2018 Read: 90
The cemetery situated on the Agatha road will soon get a facelift after a project to upgrade and make provision for more graves commenced. It is expected to be completed in November this year. The R3,5 million project was initiated by the GTM Mayor, Maripe Mangena, who said of it as being a means to address some of the complains raised by community members.
Municipal spokesperson, Neville Ndlala, said “the project incorporates the construction of the drainage system to control soil erosion as well as grading and clearing to make provision for new graves. A river stream exists between the area currently used for the graveyard, and the area where the new graves are to constructed. This makes access to the new site impossible.”
Incidentally this “river stream” happens to be a branch of the Great Letaba River. Sections of this river were exposed by Bulletin as being deathly polluted (pun intended).
Ndlala added that as part of the upgrade a 2,4m x 1,8 low level bridge will be constructed across the stream to allow mourners access to the new site which will cover 1,7 hectors. Ndlala further said some of the complaints they received from the community was that the cemetery was full and needed to be extended. The 3,5 million mini tender was allocated to Moepeng trading CC.
In another development upgrades at the Nkowankowa and Lenyenye cemeteries, according to the municipal spin doctor, are also included in the new developments from the community services department. Ndlala in statement said that the cemetery at Nkowankowa has reached capacity and the matter is still pending in the courts over the land the cemetery is to be extended into.
He said that when the cemetery at Lenyenye reached its capacity, a new cemetery was established between Khujwana village and Moime. This is situated on the land which was allocated by the Bathlabine Traditional Authority. During the State of the Municipality Address (SOMA) in May, mayor Maripe Mangena said that “the municipality will construct a tarred road between Moime and Khujwana passing through the cemetery.”
— Jan Mafetsa