The new Wallacedene and Welmoed Extension cemeteries are now fully operational and offer a wider choice of burial options and associated costs, if burial is the preferred choice of interment.
Burials at both cemeteries began at the beginning of November 2011 and take place Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 16:00, Saturday from 09:00 to 13:00, and only by special request on Sundays.
The cemeteries offer a choice between berm graves and private full monumental graves.
Berm graves are private graves and allow a second burial of a family member above another coffin. Demarcated by headstones only, these are often the more aesthetically and financially attractive option, and they conserve space.
Full monumental graves are vertical and/or horizontal private memorial works, which may include a headstone, cross or plaque, or a commemorative grave demarcation like a slab, railing or stone chips.
Full monumental graves are laid head-to-head and are flanked by pathways. They take up maximum space and attract the highest price. Full monumental graves can be reopened to accommodate a second or third burial.
The Wallacedene Cemetery is in Castro Street, Wallacedene, a densely populated residential area about 40 km from Cape Town. This cemetery serves the local communities of Wallacedene, Bloekombos, Scottsville and Scottsdene. Up to five burials can take place per day. For bookings contact Tagelaan Boltman or Derek Sebybo on 021 929 4561/2.
The Welmoed Extension Cemetery is an extension to the existing cemetery in Van Riebeeck Road, Eerste River. Up to 10 burials can take place per day, with a view to increase this limit. For bookings contact Cathny Esterhuyse on 021 900 1902.
New cemeteries are also being planned in Vaalfontein (Somerset West) and Metro South East (Mfuleni) to cater for future demand for burials.