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Funeral Services and Related Activities in South Africa
BY Kate Shand
South Africa
08 May 2020
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Funeral Services & Related Activities


South Africa’s high mortality rate and the importance of funerals to the majority of the population have given rise to a large and highly lucrative funeral services industry. The funeral industry includes funeral undertakers and mortuaries, cemeteries and crematoriums, manufacturers of funeral products, transporters of human remains, suppliers of funeral goods, embalmers, and funeral directors. The leading mainstream players include Avbob, Doves and franchisors Martin’s Funerals and the Mosaic Funeral Group. However, the bulk of the industry is made up of small businesses operating informally and serving very local markets.


Industry Trends


The funeral industry is characterised by informality, non-compliance and corruption and many funeral parlours are operating without certificates of compliance. There is a dire need to alleviate the growing demand for burial space and some municipalities are promoting second burials in the same plot and cremations. Funeral parlours say there are increasing requests for luxury funerals that may include luxury cars, helicopter hearses and graveside lounge suites.


Coronavirus


Due to coronavirus, there are strict regulations in place for funerals. South Africans can travel to other provinces for funerals but they will need a permit and must be a close family member. The maximum number of people who can attend a funeral is 50 and the holding of night vigils is prohibited. There are also new requirements for handling bodies of people who were infected with the virus. Coronavirus has created a few opportunities such as live-streaming of funerals.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on South Africa’s funeral services industry, including information on the size and state of the sector, the major players and the effect of issues such as the lack of oversight and coronavirus on the industry. There are profiles of 16 companies including the major players as well as Calgro M3, whose business includes private burial services and memorial parks, crematoriums such as Independent Crematoriums, burial societies such as Tshebedisano and Group Burial Association, and companies that cater for pets such as Legacy Pet Crematorium.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 3
2.2. Geographic Position 5
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 6
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 8
4.1. Local 8
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 12
4.1.2. Regulations 13
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Socio-Economic Development 16
4.2. Continental 17
4.3. International 18
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 20
5.1. Economic Environment 20
5.2. Input Costs 20
5.3. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 20
5.4. Labour 21
5.5. Environmental Concerns 22
5.6. Load Shedding 24
5.7. Service Delivery by Local Government 24
5.8. Coronavirus 24
6. COMPETITION 26
6.1. Barriers to Entry 27
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 28
8. OUTLOOK 29
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 29
10. REFERENCES 30
10.1. Publications 30
10.2. Websites 30
APPENDIX 1 31
Summary of Notable players 31
COMPANY PROFILES 36
21ST CENTURY LIFE (PTY) LTD 36
AVBOB (BEGRAFNISDIENS) LTD 38
BATHO BATSHO BAKOPANE FUNERAL SERVICES S A (PTY) LTD 47
CALGRO M3 MEMORIAL PARKS BLOEMFONTEIN (PTY) LTD 50
CALGRO M3 MEMORIAL PARKS HOLDING (PTY) LTD 51
CALGRO M3 MEMORIAL PARKS NASREC (PTY) LTD 53
DOVES GROUP (PTY) LTD 55
ECONO FUNERALS CC 59
GROBBELAARS AND CHURCH STREET FUNERAL SERVICES (PTY) LTD 61
GROUP BURIAL ASSOCIATION 62
INDEPENDENT CREMATORIUMS S A (PTY) LTD 63
LEGACY PET CREMATORIUM (PTY) LTD 65
MARTIN'S FUNERALS FRANCHISING (PTY) LTD 67
MOSAIC FUNERAL GROUP OF COMPANIES (PTY) LTD 69
SONJA SMITH FUNERAL GROUP (PTY) LTD 71
TSHEBEDISANO BURIAL SOCIETY CC 73