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Buffalo City Municipality assists villages as traditional funerals banned

May 4, 2020
Buffalo City Municipality assists villages as traditional funerals banned

East London - The Buffalo City Municipality Covid-19 Command Council’s decision to dig graves for rural areas during lockdown has seen over 20 villages getting assisted.

"The Municipality is using tractor-loader-backhoes (TLBs), to dig graves for villagers as the lockdown regulations prevent traditional burials from being carried out," it said.

"This follows reports that have revealed that funerals have been the biggest distributors of the coronavirus in the Eastern Cape

"Historically people in rural areas do their own digging of graves and graves back-filling.

"This practice is one of areas identified as a risk in the spread of coronavirus as people share the same pick and shovel."

The Buffalo City Metro said that in identifying this risk resolved to assist all rural areas in the BCMM with the attaining of six (6) TLB’s with jackhammer and operators to do the grave digging and back-filling in all rural areas.

"From 20th April to 24th April 2020, a total of 26 graves for villages have been dug. This number has since increased in the last week with more villagers," it added.

"BCM is calling on more residents to use this service which comes at no cost in order to bury their dead while adhering to lockdown regulations.

"Meanwhile, the Municipality is also urging residents to stick to the Covid 19 regulations as stipulated in the adverts (attached) issued earlier, regardless of the country being in level 4.

"A total of 267 burials and 101 cremations have taken place during the lockdown period. Bereaved families are always advised of the COVID-19 Regulations that deals with burials and cremations and so far, there has been compliance."

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