Mobeni Heights Crematorium reopens after gas shortage

Mobeni Heights Crematorium reopens after gas shortage

Durban's Mobeni Heights Crematorium is functional again as of Thursday. 

Furnaces breaking down in Mobeni Heights

The facility had been out of commission for several weeks after running out of gas reserves.

There have been recurring problems with the crematorium.

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Last year, it was out of service for some time while a R3.5 million furnace was being acquired and installed. 

Some families seeking to cremate their loved ones had to turn to private facilities, some of which reportedly charge three times more.

eThekwini spokesperson, Msawakhe Mayisela says the Covid-19 pandemic has put immense pressure on the Mobeni crematorium.

"This was as a result of the gas being depleted because of a high number of bodies that were cremated in that crematorium because of Covid-19, which exceeded our plans.

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"So now we are grateful that we are about to finalise a contract of three years that is going to be helping us to ensure that we have got an inexhaustible supply of the gas in that much-needed facility." 

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