Harare Hikes Burial And Cremation Fees

Harare City Council has hiked burial and cremation fees, the Daily News reports. According to the publication, these are the new charges for burial plots and cremation:

Reservation of area A+ at Warren Hills, Greendale and Pioneer Cemetery sites has risen to $1 788 for residents up from $293, for non-residents it is now $2 386 from $391, $3 582 for non-Zimbabweans up from $587 and for the Jewish section it is now $2 983 up from $489.

Reservation of a grave ranged between $150 and $391 in 2019 but has now risen to between $916 and $2 386.

Cremation of a Hindu adult was $196 but is now $1 196, while a Hindu child’s body now costs $597 up from $98 to cremate and non-Hindu’s have to fork out $1 788 from $293.

Burial charges of ashes ranged between $98 and $391 but are now priced between $597 and $2 386.

Council also noted that cremation of non-Zimbabwean non-Hindu adults will now cost $4 211 up from $690 while a non-resident non-Hindu child will be cremated for $2 105 up from $345.

When contacted for comment, Harare’s spokesperson Michael Chideme dismissed reports claiming the hike was in anticipation of COVID-19 deaths and said the hike was due to inflation which according to Zimstats soared to 756% in April 2020

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