New cemetery handed over
The new regional Pinnacle Point cemetery was recently completed and handed over to the Mossel Bay Municipality by the contractors, Entsha Henra.
"As most of the other cemeteries in the Mossel Bay municipal jurisdiction will reach capacity within the next couple of years, this will soon be the only cemetery available for funeral and burial purposes for all of the residents in the greater Mossel Bay municipal area. With land availability being a major difficulty, it is most unlikely that smaller cemeteries will be established in other areas," the director of community services, Elize Nel told the Mossel Bay Advertiser.
The R7 million multi-year project was started in 2006. It excludes the costs of the regulatory environmental impact assessment and other costs for obtaining approval for the development of the cemetery. The cemetery consists of 19-hectares of land for grave-sites and is centrally located just to the south of Louis Fourie Road.
The new cemetery is ready for use although it is expected only to be operational in 2018 or even early 2019, depending on the rate the other cemeteries are used. The new site consists of various rows of space for gravesites, an ablution block including toilets and ramps to make it accessible for all, paved roads and a fence, making the cemetery safe and user-friendly for all.
Contractor Marius Barnard of Entsha Henra (middle) officially hands over the new cemetery to Mossel Bay executive mayor, alderman Harry Levendal. With them are other municipal officials and role players.