No more space for the dead: Johannesburg running out of burial space

No more space for the dead: Johannesburg running out of burial space

- Johannesburg graveyards are slowly running out of space for new graves

- The city is asking residents to start considering other burial options like cremation

- Of the 38 cemeteries of Johannesburg, only 4 have space for new burials

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The City of Johannesburg is asking its residents to bury their dead somewhere else or consider alternative burial options.

The City says its losing space for more graves because of migration patterns, and only 4 of the 38 graveyards have any space for new graves.

According to eNCA, it is suggested that people consider using smaller coffins which will allow for more burial space.

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Other options suggested by the city include cremation or the burying of families in the same grave.

MMC for Community Development, Nonhlanhla Sifumba, say they need to start thinking about the future, when there will be no space at all.

There is currently adequate burial space in the City of Joburg, however, we need to start considering alternatives now, to cater for a future where there will not be enough cemeteries for the anticipated growth in urban centres around the world.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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