Heavy rain wreck havoc on cemeteries

Heavy rain and flooding has caused serious damage to the Olefantsvlei cemetery near the Golden highway with sunken grave plots, broken headstones and erosion creating a devastating scene for visitors.

According to Councillor Margaret Arnolds, a member of the Mayoral committee for community development, heavy rains in the city has resulted in the flooding on newly used graves.

“City Parks and Zoo understands that graves are sacred to families who have laid their loved ones to rest, our teams are on standby to restore the sunken soil where family members have identified such at the cemetery”, stated Councillor Margaret Arnolds.

Councillor Arnolds urged family members to visit graves to determine any damage caused by flooding. While work is being done to slowly repair the cemetery it is still a tough sight for relatives visiting the graves of loved ones. Efforts to get a comment from the cemetery management proved futile as their numbers went off after ringing several times.

Residents may to direct their enquiries to the Cemeteries Manager, Mr Reggie Moloi on 011 712-6714 or email rmoloi@jhbcityparks.com or call the Joburg Connect Call Centre on 011 375-5555.

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