THE community of King William’s Town benefited from a cemetery clean-up campaign on Saturday. The aim of the clean-up is to create a safe environment and lobby community involvement.
The campaign was started by as a result of community members Joanne Stolk and her mother, Diane Hughes. Stolk had originally visited the cemetery for genealogy research when she noticed that it was unsafe and very overgrown.
“The basic aim was to create a safe environment at the cemetery and get actively involved with making a difference in our town. It has just become too easy for people to sit back and complain. This was the perfect opportunity for the public to become involved in a local community clean-up project,” Stolk said.
Buffalo City Municipality’s cemeteries unit also assisted with the clean-up on Saturday. Staff worked overtime, together with other sponsored garden services, to ensure a clean environment.
Ward 37 councillor Ntombekhaya Ntshebe also partook in the campaign.
“I feel great about this, I even brought my kids along to help. As the ANC, we have the ‘Thuma Mina’ [Send Me] mandate and we must help lead,” Ntshebe said.
The Amathole Museum’s Curator of History Stephanie Victor also lent a helping hand in the project.
“The records are computerizsed and there’s more detail about a person’s cause of death. This kind of detail can help with tracing diseases,” said Victor.
Other community members, such as Jillian Wilson, came with her daughters to find and check on the condition of their loved ones’ graves. memorials.
“I haven’t been here since 1987. My grandpa and grandma are here.
“I believe that a lot of people would be here today but no longer live in King. It has been unsafe to come because the grass was so long, but now we can,” Wilson said.