Crematorium back in operation

WINDHOEK: The City of Windhoek has announced that the crematorium in the capital is back in operation after being out of order for a number of weeks.

The City of Windhoek’s Manager of Corporate Communication, Marketing, Tourism and Customer Care, Joshua Amukugo said during a media briefing in Windhoek on Tuesday repair work on the crematorium has been concluded, and it started operating on Monday.

Amukugo said the City is in the process of installing a new crematorium.

“The new crematorium was procured from Germany last year and is expected to arrive in the country in May this year,” said Amukugo.

He noted that building work for the new crematorium is currently underway and upon its completion, the old crematorium will serve as a backup.

The crematorium complex, situated at the Gammams Cemetery, was established in 1974 and is Namibia’s only crematorium.

Amukugo said between 20 and 30 bodies are cremated every month.

“With the rate of cremations now having picked up, any breakdown, however minor, leads to a backlog of cremations which disrupts this service provision,” he stated.