Securing a grave in Karoo town in Wolwefontein, Eastern Cape, South Africa is quite a problem, so if you plan to die there- as reported in the May 11, 2011 Dispatch Online- you have to give at least 30-day notice to concerned authorities to allow them enough time to give you a decent grave.
Boring through a hard stone layer to make a grave into the ground takes about a month.
Take the case of Zenzile Alwin Ngqeza, 86. who died unprepared. They found no available grave for him and none could be dug so quickly. So it was decided that he be laid to rest in the prepared waiting-grave of Gertie Petersen, 101. which grave lay beside her dead husband, Hendrik.
Meantime, Granny Gertie believes the grave is still hers.
She said smiling that she’s going to lie with Hendrik.
But it was decided that the change be kept secret from the old woman and that the municipality’s jackhammers be made to function at the soonest time possible for a replacement grave for Gertie Petersen.