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Crematorium located in Cato Ridge, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal





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Afzelia Environmental Consultants (Pty) Ltd has been appointed by Miroja Projects (PTY) Ltd to conduct an environmental impact assessment for the proposed development of a Crematorium in Cato Ridge, situated in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, located in the Province of Kwa-Zulu. Description of the process Bodies will be received into the crematorium facility for cremation in caskets. Two crematory (or cremation furnaces) will be installed at the proposed facility. Each crematory is comprised of two chambers –a primary and secondary combustion chamber- each chamber is fitted with burners. Caskets are placed one at a time into the primary chamber, burners in this chamber are played on the coffin and air lances to break up the remains and promote combustion. The combustion gases from the primary chamber are then fed into the secondary chamber, which is heated with afterburners and supplied with secondary air to complete combustion and reduce the emissions. The secondary chamber has a residence time for the gases of two seconds. The average combustion time has been estimated to be approximately 75 minutes.


Environmental Impact Assessment in support of the Atmospheric Emissions Licence Application for the Operation of a Crematorium located in Cato Ridge, Durban, Kwazulu-NatalIn is estimated that, on an annual basis, the eThekwini municipal region currently faces the need to dispose of some 80 000 to 90 000 human corpses (eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality 2016, 356). It is clear from various reports (Ngcongo 2005, Leuta and Green 2011), articles in the press (eThekwini Municipality 2012, Mbonambi 2013, Abraham 2016, Khanyile 2016, Health Systems Trust n.d.) and the eThekwini Municipality’s IDP (eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality 2016) that the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality is facing a burial crisis and urgently needs to address this situation. With KwaZulu – Natal Province having the highest HIV prevalence rate and eThekwini having the fourth highest rate at a municipal level at 41.1% (National Department of Health 2015), the situation is can only be exacerbated. The proposed establishment of a crematorium in Cato Ridge is an alternative to burial and as such will assist towards alleviating the situation.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 12:31






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