Crematorium Out of Order – Again

THE country’s only crematorium at Pionierspark Cemetery in Windhoek has broken down again.

The Windhoek municipality said the 40-year-old crematorium has not been functional since 14 December last year and that it was beyond their control.

The municipality spokesperson, Lydia Hamutenya, said families that use crematorium services will, in the meantime, “have to bury their dead” because there was no other alternative.

Although Hamutenya could not say when the facility would start functioning again, she said repair work was underway and that they were in the process of acquiring a new crematorium, which they expect to be delivered in the first quarter of this year.

The crematorium also broke down in 2013, resulting in bodies piling up.

In August last year, the Windhoek municipality said they were facing an acute shortage of burial space and that bodies might be buried on top of one another. Cremation, the municipality said, is another option to deal with the fast diminishing burial space.

However, the aging facility has often forced families to compromise their cultural and religious beliefs due to the constant breakage that has been reported.

According to the municipality, black communities were increasingly choosing cremation due to financial constraints.

Source : The Namibian