PE crematoriums taking strain

* Editor's note: The following content may be disturbing to some viewers. Port Elizabeth crematoriums are overstretched due to the high number of COVID-19 deaths. They're saying families from all cultures are now opting for cremations rather than burials. eNCA's Nceba Ntlanganiso attended a cremation. Courtesy #DStv403

* Editor's note: The following content may be disturbing to some viewers.

DESPATCH - Port Elizabeth crematoriums are overstretched due to the high number of COVID-19 deaths.

They're saying families from all cultures are now opting for cremations rather than burials.

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Crematorium manager Adriaan van Tonder says since COVID-19, the number of cremations has tripled. 

"It's very hard for us... to see all those people died of COVID-19," Van Tonder said.

It's not just old people, little ones also. Babies, children, grannies, and grandfathers. It's hard for us."

A man who lost his wife says they decided against a funeral because it can be a COVID-19 super-spreader event.

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"It feels better not having that way and having a cremation where you can have a small memorial service at home with close family," said Alan McKelvey.

* eNCA's Nceba Ntlanganiso reports.

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