The Ga-Rankuwa and Mabopane Cemeteries, in Region 1, are scheduled to close before the end of the first quarter of 2024, as the two facilities have neared their full life span.
The closure of the two facilities follows a recent assessment conducted by the city in Region 1, which revealed that the burial space for both Ga-Rankuwa and Mabopane cemeteries is reaching its capacity limit.
According to the findings, the lifespan of Mabopane Cemetery is anticipated to come to an end by February 2024; this is dependent on the number of burials. Should the number be higher than anticipated, the lifespan might end in January 2024.
“Meanwhile, the Ga-Rankuwa Cemetery’s lifespan is estimated to end by March 2024; however, it might end sooner than stated if the burial number turns out to be high,” said the city.
The city is obligated to inform members of the public that post-closure, both facilities will cater for reburial and/or reopening services as well as bookings for the erection of tombstones. In addition to the mentioned services, members of the public will continue to have visitation rights to the gravesites.
As and when the two facilities close, residents are informed that burials will be conducted at the Klip-Kruisfontein Cemetery which is the nearest facility that can service the surrounding areas currently. Klip-Kruisfontein Cemetery, commonly known as the Crossing Cemetery is located on the Ruth First Road off-ramp and close to the Soshanguve Crossing Mall.
The city’s Environmental Management Department is working on identifying new plots for the development of cemeteries to cater to future burials.
For enquiries regarding burials in Region 1, members of the public can contact the
following municipal offices:
• Mabopane office on (012) 358 0497
• Ga-rankuwa office on (012) 358 9609