Cemetery still remains a problem

Sam Nape writes:

A democratic municipality enjoys the full participation of its constituencies in service delivery. Unlike in football or any other sport, the community are the players and administrators turn spectators and not vice versa. Less is achieved if the community is reluctant to be aggressively involved, creative, innovative and push for what is to satisfy their needs through its administrators. It’s a municipality for the community and with the community.

The first issue herewith does not need neither the Emalahleni Municipal Manager, nor the Traffic Directorate or a Ward Councillor to make it work hence my concern as an individual. It needs the community with foresight to ease economic bottlenecks, traffic jam puzzles or our visitor’s frustrations on our local poor time management.
The community herewith, especially Thushanang, Ackerville, Lynnville, Schoongezicht and all other areas using the Pretoria Memorial Cemetery are challenged to ruminate over the traffic jam on funeral days and take a long lasting solution.

An economic route joining the taxi commuter to the CBD at peek hours goes through a frustrating time consuming heavy convoy slowly pushing its way to the entrance of the cemetery. Even the “ubuntu” concept loses its impact when the taxi driver dovetails or jackniffing through the mourning convoy to avoid insults and harsh words from his/her late-to-work passengers or cohorts.

A workable solution will be the community’s initiative to request all mourners to use the two, three or so train busses that could have been secured by the bereaved family. Better to have three or four busses from church or hall than fifty or so single passenger cars, some with only the driver jam-packing the graveyard to the frustration of the funeral undertakers who are on a business programme controlled by time.
After the burial the busses will ferry and drop the mourners back to church or civic hall where the parked fifty or so cars will drive to the bereaved family’s place of residence.

Someone is worried about the bus costs. A contribution of about R2 or so per person collected by the bereaved family at the bus entrance will be more than “ubuntu.” Someone is worried about parked vehicle security; the bereaved family will have plans too.

This will be less traffic congestion; it will be business as usual on our confined routes, and a smile in the face of Funeral Directors who will meet their funeral commitments.
Future chances of everyone owning and driving a car to the cemetery are possible, and chances of our traffic coming to a dead standstill are possible too.

The same initiative can be employed to Kromdraai Cemetery forcing a convoy to utilise the national freeway which, when developing new extensions, local authorities faced national road agency heavy restrictions due to municipalities not being responsible to maintain them. Theirs was to construct roads leading to these extensions to evade convoys on national routes constructed for 120km speed limits

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