Entries by NFDA


On an average Saturday, there are 80 to 90 funerals held at Avalon Cemetery in Soweto. More during the winter, reckons the guard at the gate. As one funeral group enters, another leaves in a convoy that includes cars and two Putco buses filled with people just released from memorial services. From any one funeral, […]

A deal not to be missed!!

MERCEDES-BENZ and CHRYSLER, JEEP DODGE PASSENGER CARS: (NEW) Offering will be cost less 1% in total. Hence a 7% discount for member and a 1% rebate for NFDA which will be paid on a quarterly basis. *This is not applicable to any new vehicle launched for the first 9 months and will exclude short supply […]

Confessions of a Funeral Director

Last week, a high schooler asked me, “Why are you a funeral director?” After a couple days of thinking about the question, here are ten reasons I’m a funeral director. One: Service A couple years ago, a granddaughter was giving her grandmother’s eulogy at the funeral home.  She shared that before she would take naps […]

SALGA Workshop

The South African Local Government Association hosted a Gauteng State of Cemeteries Workshop on 27 March, which Mike Collinge, Inland chairperson and Ms Marthie Botha attended. SALGA presented a framework for standard by-laws on cemeteries, crematoria and undertakers and mentioned the following challenges: land availability lack of knowledge among communities to alternative ways of internment […]

How Green are our burial practices?

Question we get from time to time, is “How green are South Africa’s burial practices?” and “How do our burial practices compare to that of other countries?” In this presentation we try to answer these questions, while also looking at new burial practices including Alkaline Hydrolysis.

Human Remains as Compost for Crops?

A Seattle, USA architect named Katrina Spade has proposed a new solution for urban food production: convert the recently deceased into nutritious compost to feed the food crops. The project is called the Urban Death Project, and it describes the process of turning dead humans into food as follows: The Urban Death Project is a compost-based […]

Embalming Course

The first 8 learners successfully completed the 2-week embalming course held at Thom Kight & Co, Johannesburg. They have received NFDA certificates and will each have a business card with a unique number. NAME COMPANY COMMENTS Luvo Titi Titi Funerals, Mthatha We are going to advertise on our website that we offer embalming and this […]

Inland Region Golf Day

Planning is underway for the exciting fun day to be held on 23 September at Zwartkops Golf Course. Tee off at 11:00 for 11:30. Halfway lunch and a supper will be served. Dale Hayes, who won the World Cup of Golf for South Africa in partnership with Bobby Cole in 1974, will be the MC at the auction. Since […]

2015 Expo

DATE: 26 – 27 AUGUST 2015 VENUE: SANDTON CONVENTION CENTRE EXHIBITORS: 15 have paid their deposits so far and booked stands. Do you know of anyone who will be interested in exhibiting? Please send us an email. WORKSHOPS: planned to run consecutively with the exhibition in a separate venue. REGISTRATIONS: watch your emails for dates to register online

AIDS Treatment Successes Could Revolutionize Funeral Market.

According to the magazine “Money Marketing” of 31 December 2014 AIDS treatment is increasing life expectancy, and therefore the funeral policy market can expect to see the development of new products which could boost South Africa’s gross household savings by as much as 15%. Life expectancy has risen from a low of 54 years in […]