Harare City Council intends to raise over $10,4 million from selling graves after it reopened one of its closed cemeteries and established 5 000 burial units.
City of Harare is reopening Warren Hills Cemetery, which was closed four years ago, with the remaining space reserved for the Harare Provincial Heroes’ Cemetery.
A grave at Warren Hills Cemetery costs $2 084 and estimates show that Harare City may generate upwards of $10 million once all the 5 000 burial units have been bought.
The reopening of the cemetery brings some relief to Harare City, which has been struggling to provide burial space, resulting in private companies stepping in to establish cemeteries on the outskirts of the city.
Most burials in the city were now being conducted at Granville Cemetery, popularly known as KuMbudzi, situated along the Harare-Masvingo Highway after Warren Hills Cemetery was declared full.
Some of the burials are now being done at Zororo Memorial Gardens near Chitungwiza, Glen Forest Memorial Park in Hatcliffe and Restland Memorial Park in Dzivaresekwa.
In a statement, City of Harare confirmed the reopening of the cemetery.
“Council has reopened the Warren Hills Cemetery and has added 5 000 more graves, said the council. Residents applying for burial space for their loved ones can pay for burial space at the Harare Gardens offices during the #Covid19 lockdown period,” said the city council.
Harare City Council hiked prices for graves by about 530 percent this year.
Burial charges for adults in Area A+ graves including Warren Hills and Greendale Cemetery are $2 084 up from $391; Area A costs $1 045 from $196 previously, while in Area B costs $800 from $150.