Entries by NFDA

NFDA Not Opposed to a Funeral Service Ombudsman

The NFDA is not opposed to the introduction of a funeral services ombudsman- in fact we welcome it. We do, however, have an issue with the way that the Funeral Services Code was gazetted without any consultation. Consultation takes place before the fact, not after. Johan Rosseau of FIRA has stated, on radio, that his […]

Service SETA Training

A special committee has been set up by the Service SETA, made up of four NFDA, four SAFPA and two IFDA members.  This committee will meet once a quarter to assist with training-related activities such as evaluating learning materials, determining training needs in the industry, ensuring training of assessors and moderators, and providing input for […]

Genes Get Active After Death – New Scientist

  When a doctor declares a person dead, some of their body may still be alive and kicking – at least for a day or two. New evidence in animals suggests that many genes go on working for up to 48 hours after the lights have gone out. This hustle and bustle has been seen in mice […]

Watch Out For Burn Out!

Constant calls, 14 hour days, funeral arrangements, comforting grieving families, graveside services—the list goes on. As a funeral director, your week is busy and unpredictable. And nowadays it has become vital that you manage your online presence, too. The role of a funeral director isn’t an easy one. When most of your job revolves around […]

eMalahleni Crematorium Opens its doors

eMalahleni Crematorium will be opening its doors for business within the next week and filling a huge gap in this sensitive area to the citizens of eMalahleni and Mpumalanga. The requirement for a local crematorium was identified more than 2 years ago and since then the dream became a reality for Leon Smit, the owner/operator. […]

Member Matters

By the end of May 2016, 23 more embalmers will have been trained by the NFDA. Remember, if you snooze, you loose. All members should please take note that the following procedure will be followed if a member has not paid membership fees by the end of May: The member will receive a letter indicating […]

Sanlam defends funeral insurance deductions from grants

Life insurer Sanlam has defended its practice of making funeral policy deductions from social grants, noting these deductions are in line with regulations and that the policies are offered to consenting adults. Social grant deductions are one of several payment mechanisms designed to provide “ease of payment and convenience”, as well as access to financial […]

Government says stop selling insurance to the poorest people!

South Africa’s government said it plans to protect the country’s poorest people by stopping insurers from selling funeral cover to welfare recipients. The companies that could be impacted include Sanlam, the biggest insurer based in South Africa, and Lion of Africa Assurance Co. They are among companies selling funeral cover that is paid for from […]