Oponganda’s main cemetery full

30 May 2017 08:10am
WINDHOEK, 30 MAY (NAMPA) – Oponganda’s main cemetery has reached its capacity for burials and all new burials are now accommodated at Oponganda Extension B.
City of Windhoek’s Public Relations Officer, Lydia Amutenya told Nampa upon inquiry on Monday that burials are already taking place at the new extension.
Oponganda’s main cemetery and Oponganda Extension B are situated opposite each other in Katutura along Otjomuise Road.
“The new extension has a size of 18 hectares which could be used for five to seven years approximately,” Amutenya noted.
She explained that the City of Windhoek is opting for eight-foot graves to accommodate second internments, depending on families; however, there are procedures to be followed in this regard.
“This means two people from the same family, if requested through the City of Windhoek’s laid down procedures, can be buried in the same grave.”
Amutenya also said the Old Location Cemetery in Hochland Pack is nearing its capacity and that a new cemetery is being developed around the Rocky Crest suburb.
She further mentioned that a new furnace has been installed as part of an extension of the existing crematorium at the Pionierspark Cemetery which will be operational soon.
Amutenya added that cremations should be encouraged as it is less costly than conventional burials.
“It has always been the City of Windhoek’s desire to promote cremations as another option, but due to cultural believes it is a struggle at this time irrespective of the education thereof. We will however not give up awareness creation in this regard,” she added.
Cremation remains also take up less space than graves.