Exploring the feasibility of green burials in the City of Tswane Metropolitan Municipality

Mathane, Tlou Phillemon
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The traditional burial methods currently used in South Africa do not promote environmental sustainability. Yet, globally, some cities have begun to use the green burial method to address some of the concerns regarding the environmental risks. The green burial method goes a long way in contributing towards the preservation of the natural systems for future generations. This research report sought to investigate the extent to which the green burials concept would be supported in the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (CTMM). Using a qualitative method, employing interviewsfor primary data collection, this research found that the green burial method receives overwhelming support from the CTMM functionaries, particularly for environmental sustainability. This research recommends that the CTMM engage communities about the green burial method, with a view to enabling the rolling out of the implementation of the green burial method in the near future
A research report submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Urban Studies in Urban Management to the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2022