Oshakati Town Council now in grave-digging business

10 Jul 2015 16:10pm
OSHAKATI, 10 JUL (NAMPA) – The Oshakati Town Council has been providing grave digging services to its residents as of Wednesday this week.
Council’s spokesperson Jackson Muma told Nampa on Friday that this service is in line with the Local Authority Act, Section (30) Subsection 1 (d), which stipulates the establishment and maintenance of cemeteries within the council’s jurisdiction.
“The new service, which will be paid for, has been a concern of the public and families who experienced burial procession delays because of grave digging challenges,” Muma stated.
The rates are N.dollars 210 for a stillborn, N.dollars 360 per child and N.dollars 400 per adult.
Muma said the rates include space allocation and digging services.
Before, the municipality only charged for space allocation at N.dollars 47.50 for a stillborn, N.dollars 95.50 for a child and N.dollars 125.50 for an adult.
Such services are applicable to the council’s graveyard in the Othingo area in the western part of Oshakati.
“Grave digging services are an essential service like any other, and are common in many Namibian towns,” he noted.