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Municipalities running out of burial space

The SA Cemeteries Association says the public needs to be introduced to alternatives to burial. Courtesy of #DSTV403

JOHANNESBURG – The SA Cemeteries Association has reiterated its statement that the public needs to be introduced to alternatives to burial.

Municipalities are fast running out of burial space.

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The association said, however, that local government is not telling people about this.

Its chairperson, Pepe Dass said on Thursday, running out of space for people to be buried is a global problem.

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“We’re all going to die sometime, and this is probably in the next 60-80 years, we’re going to have to look for 57-million graves,” Dass explained. 

He said, “in order to cope with this, we have to tell people there is a problem and that we have to change the ways we normally practice the way we lay our loved ones to rest.”

Dass said the easiest and best response for South Africans at the moment is cremation.