Double Burials Permitted in Manzini
The Municipal Council of Manzini permits double burials in its cemeteries. Double burial is an arrangement whereby two caskets are buried on top of each other. With double-decker graves, the grave is dug deeper than the usual depth in order to accommodate a second burial. This type of burial, which is voluntary, is usually applicable to married couples or siblings. The first person is buried, a concrete partition constructed on top of the first casket, and, at any point later on, the grave can be reopened and another casket placed on top of the previous casket. Like many other cities globally, the Municipal Council of Manzini welcomes double burials. Double burials help relieve pressure on burial space and allow for more people to be buried on limited cemetery space.
The Municipal Council of Manzini sometimes receives requests for relatives or spouses to be buried alongside graves of long buried relatives or spouses only to find that such space has already been occupied. Often times they then request a double burial; which request requires application of the laborious exhumation process which goes via the Municipality, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and the Regional Administration Office. It is advisable that people decide and notify the Municipality early whenever they would require double-decker burial. This helps ensure that proper arrangements are made when the first loved one is buried. The Municipality, therefore, calls on those interested in double burials in the city’s cemetery to indicate early so that they are given permission in time. Double burial permits do not expire. The payable fee for double burial is E600 and it is paid over and above the normal burial fee.
The normal burial fees presently stand at E1,000 for adults and E500 for children. Exhumation fee is E800. If you are interested in double burial yet you had already buried your loved one by way of a single burial, you still have an opportunity. However, you will be required to first apply for exhumation; and it is advisable to do so early, even before there is a need for the second burial in order to save on time. The Municipality also wishes to remind citizens that the Golf Course Cemetery is no longer utilized for burial. The Municipality continues to receive requests for burial specifically at the Golf Course Cemetery. Only those that applied for reservation of graves or were granted permission for double burial utilize the Golf Course Cemetery. The city presently utilizes the Ngwane Park Cemetery. Burial space is still available at the Ngwane Park Cemetery but it is important that it is not wasted. Cremation is also encouraged for those who do not have a problem with it.
…MANZINI CITIZENS ENCOURAGED TO VACCINATE
…Municipality appreciates Business Eswatini for massive vaccination exercise at Millennium Park
The Municipal Council of Manzini takes this opportunity to appreciate Manzini citizens who have already made the wise decision to take the Covid-19 vaccine. The Municipality also thanks Business Eswatini for partnering with it towards setting up a vaccination station at the Millennium Park early this month. This exercise saw well over 1,000 citizens from the city’s private and public sectors streaming to the Millennium Park for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. That is really commended. On the same note, the Municipality would like to encourage citizens who have not yet vaccinated against the virus to consider doing so. According to the World Health Organization, it is important that as many citizens as possible take the Covid-19 vaccine in order for countries to achieve herd immunity. Covid-19 herd immunity is a situation whereby a substantial proportion of the population (about 70%) is vaccinated against the virus. A number of countries globally are now face That is really commended. mask-free and back to normal life as a result of achieving herd immunity.
The Covid-19 vaccine, according to the World Health Organization, helps train and prepare the body’s natural defense system – the immune system – to recognize and fight off the virus. They prevent people from getting seriously ill or dying from Covid-19. The Government of Eswatini, through the Ministry of Health, is presently rolling out the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine as well as the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Citizens of Manzini who have taken the first jab of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine and are due for the second dose are encouraged to make sure that they do take the second jab as it is now available. On the same vein, all Emaswati 18 years of age and above are encouraged to pre-register for vaccination using the link “eswatinihealth.org”. It is also important that citizens keep taking precautions even after having vaccinated. According to the World Health Organization, while a Covid-19 vaccine prevents serious illness and death, the extent to which it keeps one from being infected and passing the virus on to others is still not known. Citizens, whether vaccinated or not, are therefore urged to continue keeping at least 1 metre physical distance from each other, wearing face masks at all times, frequently washing their hands with soap and water, using 70% alcohol hand sanitizer and ensuring good ventilation when indoors.
…MORE COUNCILLORS PARTICIPATE IN TREE PLANTING CAMPAIGN
The past week saw more Ward Councillors participating in the ongoing tree planting campaign wherein the Municipality intends planting 500 trees in various public places within the current financial year. Ward 1 Councillor Sandile Bhembe took part during planting of the indigenous trees at the Zakhele Old Market premises whilst Ward 2 Councillor Mduduzi Vilane participated during planting at Inkhanyeti School. Ward 3 Councillor Bongani Shongwe planted trees at St Paul’s primary and high schools whilst Ward 4 Councillor Siboniso Nkabinde took part during planting at Ngwane Park primary and high schools, Ngwane Park Youth & Training Centre, Ticancweni Social Centre. Ward 5 Councillor Sandile Nyaweni participated during planting at William Pitcher College, Murray Camp Social Centre and Manzini Infant Practising Primary School whilst Ward 6 Councillor Wesley Dlamini participated during planting at Bahai Centre and Global University College. The city greening exercise is ongoing. The following pictures were taken during the planting exercise…