With an investment of R40million, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is set to upgrade the security and development of cemeteries across the City before the end of the year.
This was announced by Mayoral Committee Member for Public Health, Cllr Lance Grootboom on Monday, when he visited the Despatch Cemetery to inspect the newly completed R6million fencing project.
This forms part of the City’s commitment to attend to residents’ Integrated Development Plan inputs. The City’s security plans for cemeteries include fencing of all cemeteries following concerns that were raised by residents including access control, animal loitering in cemeteries, vandalism and criminal activities, amongst other concerns.
MMC Grootboom said: “We are here today to officially receive the finished fencing project at the Despatch Cemetery. We are happy to see this project completed within this financial year as this facility was affected by vandalism under the higher levels of the COVID-19 lockdown. This is just one of the cemeteries we are working on, development and refurbishment work is 85% complete at the Gqeberha Cemetery and we are confident the project will be 100% completed before the end of June.”
“We will be doing the security upgrades at the Bucwa Cemetery in KwaNobuhle, Korsten, Govan Mbeki and Colchester Cemetery where land issues are being addressed for that community. Construction has started to fence off the guard house to safeguard against any possible criminal activities in the future. Other security plans include security cameras and security guards that will now be placed at these facilities to make sure that our loved ones continue to rest in peace and in dignity.”
Public Health Executive Director, Sizwe Mvunelwa, said that the upgraded security would assist the City to enforce its bylaws.
“We really want to be a caring Municipality but we can not do this on our own. We need the communities to look after their own facilities as these facilities are there to be enjoyed by the residents. The MMC has mentioned R40million that will be spent this year, that is a lot of investment and we want communities out there to look after these investments. It is not by mistake that we are investing this much, we want the community to know that we are a caring Municipality. As part of this investment we will be developing new berm sections in various cemeteries across the Metro, road infrastructure. This is an ongoing project,” he said.
Issued on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality by Communications and Media Management Officer, Mamela Ndamase. For more information contact 0760254692 or firstname.lastname@example.org.