Chinotimba Cemetery has through the help of well-wishers gone through a face lift aimed at sprucing up the place to be user friendly.
The rehabilitation spearheaded by Mr Greg Paymans of Three Monkeys included ablution facilities, restoration of running water supply, erection of an informative sign, refuse bins and fencing of the cemetery.
Part of the sponsor’s commitment include providing security personnel at own expense to man the area until Council provides one.
The Director of Housing and Community services Mr Brian Nyamande commended Paymans for his gesture which answers to the needs of the community.
“This is a noble project which has been long awaited as it will certainly redress the outcry of residents, regarding the state of the cemetery which concerns could not be swiftly attended to due to lack of resources on Council’s side.
“The refurbishment of ablution facilities at the cemetery was done in collaboration with a local business man and his family. This is a welcome move as it will give convenience to the residents visiting the cemetery.
“As a Local Authority we encourage our stakeholders to come forward and join hands with the Council for the development of our town,” said Nyamande.
The works began in November 2021 and are still on-going with the donor working closely with Council’s Engineering Services Department on the necessary modalities and guidelines during the rehabilitation exercise.
Ward 10 Councillor Nkanyiso Sibindi, revealed that the graveside had become an eyesore which needed urgent attention.
“The site had dilapidated into an abnormal state which resulted in a public outcry by residents, we commend our donors for their act of generosity which will restore the dignity of the site,” added Sibindi.
The Donor moved on site and a number of refuse bins mounted strategically around the area to cater for all the litter.
An informative sign has also been erected at the site.