Grave Shortages in South Africa

The high death rate in South Africa has caused a serious shortage of burial spaces. The city of Durban passed a law allowing the city to dig up graves that are more than 10 years old in order to prioritize space for agriculture and housing. Paying a fee to renew grave leases, biodegradable coffins and tombstone standardization are commonplace. Citizens and religious leaders have campaigned against grave recycling, as it is against their culture. Except for special circumstances, Sunday burials are now banned to allow for better planning and time-keeping.

To read more about the South African grave shortages:
http://www.npr.org/2011/05/24/136288903/pressed-for-space-south-african-city-recycles-graves

http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/kwazulu-natal/sunday-burials-face-ban-1.1110444

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