Mossel Bay amends grave site tariffs after public outrage

The municipality angered residents when it hiked the cost for a grave site from R1,900 to R5,070.

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CAPE TOWN - The Mossel Bay municipality has amended its tariffs for gravesites after outrage over increases to offset the costs of a new cemetery.

The African National Congress (ANC) and the Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (Icosa) in Mossel Bay recently opposed the tariff hikes.

Following a meeting on Thursday, council has now resolved to reduce the prices, backdated to the first of this month.

Before the massive tariff increase, a gravesite cost R1,900. The municipality angered residents when it hiked the cost to R5,070.

After reversing the decision, a grave site now costs less than before the price hike at R1,056.

The municipality says it will be subsidising 80% of the actual cost of a grave site.

The new tariff for a double grave for the indigent is R493.

Mossel Bay municipality's Colin Puren said: “The amended and new tariffs will again be exposed to a public participation process where members of the public can give their inputs.”

Icosa, which challenged the increases, says it's pleased the municipality has backtracked on the tariff hikes.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)