BCC works on new ceme­ter­ies

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THE Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil (BCC) has started de­vel­op­ing new ceme­ter­ies that were re­cently gazetted by the Govern­ment.

The de­vel­op­ment comes at a time when the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has said the New Lu­veve ceme­tery, which was the only one func­tion­ing for the past months was se­ri­ously con­gested.

In July, the Govern­ment gazetted the Pu­mula South sub­urb ceme­tery and the Marvel ceme­tery near Ma­hat­shula sub­urb fol­low­ing the clo­sure of West Park Ceme­tery at the end of May. The city has been de­pend­ing on New Lu­veve ceme­tery, but buri­als there have been ex­pen­sive for some as they had to travel for about 25km to bury their loved ones. In the lat­est coun­cil min­utes, BCC said it has now started de­vel­op­ing the new two ceme­ter­ies.

“The gazetting had fi­nally been done and we were now in the process of putting up the re­quired in­fra­struc­ture in li­ai­son with rel­e­vant coun­cil de­part­ments. Fees charged for both ceme­ter­ies will re­sem­ble those of West Park ceme­tery,” read the min­utes.

Coun­cil­lors urged coun­cil to fast track de­vel­op­ments at the new ceme­ter­ies as the New Lu­veve ceme­tery was con­gested.

Ward 24 Clr Gideon Man­gena said most res­i­dents and churches need to be ad­vised to keep burial times to avoid con­ges­tion.

“Res­i­dents were ad­vised to in­form the de­part­ment dur­ing the first burial if they in­tended to have dou­ble buri­als so that the nec­es­sary ar­range­ments could be made in ad­vance,” read the min­utes.

Ward 12 Clr Lil­ian Mlilo raised con­cern that some res­i­dents were in the dark re­gard­ing the cri­te­ria used for one to be buried at Lady Stan­ley Ceme­tery.

“The Act­ing Direc­tor of Com­mu­nity Hous­ing and Ser­vices also ad­vised the rel­e­vant res­o­lu­tion on buri­als at Lady Stan­ley was re­viewed in 2015.

“The bench­mark age of 80 years was also re­viewed. The res­i­dent should have con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly (so­cial, po­lit­i­cal etc) to the de­vel­op­ment of the city in var­i­ous cat­e­gories and should have resided in the city for a pe­riod of more than 20 years,” read the min­utes. — @nqot­shili

Dukwe Pri­mary School in Mangwe Dis­trict

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