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From: Delia Robertson <>
Subject: Re: [SOUTH-AFRICA] Graves-non list
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 05:49:58 +0200
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Rod,

Rod Gebhardt wrote:
> Good Evening to all listers,
>
> This might not be a list topic but could be of interest to quite a few out there.Can anyone help me get out of a corner and regain my sanity. I got involved in a discussion on the topic of graves and the ownership thereof. We have been going around in circles with no end in sight. Our main points of contention are:
>
> 1] If you purchase a grave, or plot as some like to call it, what does one actually get, besides a hole in the ground?
>
If you buy it in advance, you don't even get the hole, just the space.
And that, in fact, is what you are purchasing.
> 2] For how long does the "plot" remain yours and can or is it passed on from family to family, the same as normal fixed property?
>
Up until now, the plot has remained the property of the owner and
his/her heirs/descendants. A certificate of ownership is received at
the time of purchase. But in some cases, old cemeteries have been
"reclaimed" for development. It is a global issue.
> 3] Is there a time span on the specific plot one purchases, thinking of instances when a local council "reclaims" the ground of very old graves for use either as new grave sites or for building purposes?
>
We are fast getting to the point of limited ownership . . . in fact,
there is a debate going on in government at all levels - especially in
the older towns/cities - because they are growing so fast, so many
people are dying (AIDS), and there is, literally, no more space for
burials. There is going to be a strong push in the not-too-distant
future, to encourage cremation - and eventually, I think, cremation will
be the only way to "go".

Hope this helps.
Kind regards
Delia Robertson


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