The City of Cape Town says the fact that nearly 500 burials were recorded in the last week is a stark reminder of the need for continued vigilance amid the COVID-19 third wave.
According to a statement that was sent out on Tuesday 20 July, the City’s cemeteries have experienced incremental increases in the number of burials in recent weeks. From just over 300 in one week towards the end of June, the number of burials last week was recorded at 483.
CEMETERIES ABLE TO COPE BUT ALTERNATIVES TO BURIAL MAY NEED TO BE CONSIDERED
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien said that, for the moment, the cemeteries in Cape Town are able to cope with the increased demand, however, that does not mean that nothing can be done.
Badroodien said residents are urged to consider burials on weekdays and, where possible, consider alternatives to burial.
“We renew our appeal to residents to please consider burials on weekdays and where possible, to consider alternatives to burial. We also ask that funeral organisers be mindful of the current regulations in terms of the number of attendees and time allowed at the cemetery,” said Badroodien.
CONCERN REGARDING NON-ADHERENCE TO REGULATIONS AT FUNERALS
In recent weeks, the City’s Environmental Health Practitioners have expressed concern about the non-adherence to regulations at funerals.
“This third wave is proving to be devastating, and while we realise how difficult it is to manage funerals in the times we are living in, I appeal to the public to please keep personal safety and the health protocols top of mind at all times,” said Badroodien.
“The City also reminds residents that cemetery visits are not allowed at this time. While memorial work can still continue if the relevant permits have been secured, unveiling ceremonies cannot be accommodated until further notice,” he added.
During the last week, Klip Road cemetery in Grassy Park had 151 burials, Maitland had 126 and Welmoed cemetery had 76.
The Maitland crematorium facilitated 89 cremations, and 48 cremations were transferred to the private crematorium in Durbanville, as one of the cremators at Maitland is closed for maintenance.