Previously dominated by males, grave digging is the kind of job that would send chills down the spine of many people. It is simply not for the faint hearted.
However for Muntu Magalela (56), a mother of two from Rondebult in Boksburg, grave digging is surely a stroll in the park for her.
“It was not an easy task at first but throughout the years I have become so accustomed to this job,” she said.
Magalela has been working for the City since 2009, when she was employed as a licenced tractor driver to cut grass.
Over the years her scope of work has expanded and now includes grave digging and trimming at the Cambrian Cemetery in Rondebult.
According to the City, she digs and trims 20 graves a day, but now due to the Covid-19 pandemic the number of graves increased to almost 30 per day.