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Funeral Services and Related Activities in South Africa 2022

Yasmin Mahomedy | South Africa | 28 January 2022

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Report Coverage

This report focuses on the funeral services industry and related services in South Africa. It includes information on the effects of the pandemic on the industry, developments, notable players and key trends. There are profiles of 17 companies including major players such as AVBOB, Doves and Mosaic Funerals, burial societies such as Tshebedisano Burial Society And Calgro M3, which develops memorial parks.

Funeral Services and Related Activities in South Africa

The funeral services industry in South Africa has been growing at around 12% annually. While undertakers and funeral parlours played critical roles during the pandemic, there were many challenges, especially for small funeral operators. Industry players say that growing demand for burial space needs to be addressed urgently. The bulk of the industry is made up of small businesses serving local communities. A significant number of these do not have certificates of competence and operate in the informal funeral services sector.

Pandemic Challenges

The funeral industry has been overwhelmed with the increase in deaths over the past 18 months. Regulations for funerals have been changing according to the Disaster Management Act regulations alert levels and new requirements for handling bodies of people who were infected with the virus were introduced. Funerals have been identified as high-risk sites of COVID-19 infection. Funeral parlours have significantly increased burial and cremation prices during the pandemic, citing increased costs.

Repatriation

With South Africa’s large community of immigrants, the repatriation of bodies is a critical part of the industry. The costs to Zimbabwe, for example, average about R10,000 by road, and R15,000 by air, which include the costs of paperwork, embalming and a coffin. High costs and red tape mean that many bodies are secretly transported.

Table of Contents

PAGE
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 5
2.2. Geographic Position 6
2.3. Size of the Industry 7
2.4. Key Success Factors and Pain Points 10
3. LOCAL 10
3.1. Key Trends 16
3.2. Notable Players 17
3.3. Corporate Actions 18
3.4. Regulations 19
3.5. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 22
4. AFRICA 23
5. INTERNATIONAL 24
6. INFLUENCING FACTORS 26
6.1. COVID -19 26
6.2. Economic Environment 27
6.3. Labour 28
6.4. Environmental Issues 30
6.5. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 31
6.6. Load Shedding 31
6.7. Input Costs 31
6.8. Government Tenders 33
7. COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT 34
7.1. Competition 34
7.2. Ownership Structure of the Industry 35
7.3 Barriers to Entry 35
8. SWOT ANALYSIS 36
9. OUTLOOK 37
10. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 37
11. REFERENCES 38
10.1. Publications 38
10.2. Websites 38
APPENDIX 1 39
Summary of Notable Players 39
COMPANY PROFILES 46
21st Century Life (Pty) Ltd 46
AVBOB (Begrafnisdiens) Ltd 49
Batho Batsho Bakopane Funeral Services S A (Pty) Ltd 59
Calgro M3 Memorial Parks Bloemfontein (Pty) Ltd 62
Calgro M3 Memorial Parks Holding (Pty) Ltd 64
Calgro M3 Memorial Parks Nasrec (Pty) Ltd 66
Doves Group (Pty) Ltd 68
Econo Funerals (Pty) Ltd 72
Grobbelaars and Church Street Funeral Services (Pty) Ltd 74
Group Burial Association 76
Icebolethu Group (Pty) Ltd 78
Independent Crematoriums S A (Pty) Ltd 81
Legacy Pet Crematorium (Pty) Ltd 83
Martin's Funerals Franchising (Pty) Ltd 85
Mosaic Funeral Group of Companies (Pty) Ltd 88
Sonja Smith Funeral Group (Pty) Ltd 90
Tshebedisano Burial Society CC 92