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 he stopped playing tour golf Hayes has remained involved in the sport in a variety of ways. He has worked as a broadcaster in South Africa and for the Golf Channel, started and edited a golf magazine and helped to found an internet golf shopping business. He is involved in golf course design. Hayes also works as a public speaker and gives golf clinics.

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 2003 to 61 years in 2012. The number of patients receiving ART (antiretroviral treatment) has increased from 50 000 in 2004 to more than 2,3 million in 2013 in South Africa. Researchers from Stellenbosch University and Deloitte believe that there is an opportunity to design products that could encourage policyholders to maintain their payments. Cash-backs on funeral policies could offer opportunities for reinvestment, while surrender values on funeral policies could directly boost the savings of policyholders.

“All things being equal, the new business profitability on our model portfolio of funeral policies could be boosted by as much as 60% under our more aggressive mortality scenarios,” stated Marius Strydom, independent researcher.

At the end of 2013 35 million people were living with HIV globally. An estimated 39 million people have died from AIDS-related causes world-wide. The goals set for the national strategic plan for HIV and AIDS include:

  • reducing new HIV infections by at least 50%
  • initiating at least 80& of eligible patients on antiretroviral treatment, with 70% alive and on treatment five years after initiation.

2015 AGM & Conference

The auction at the gala dinner raised R16 000-00.

Mr Rey von Rönge was awarded Honorary Membership at the gala dinner for the years of faithful and loyal service in the advancement and furtherance of the funeral profession.

17 members committed to sponsoring the 2015 Inland region golf day.

THANKS TO THE DIAMOND REGION AND ESPECIALLY FREDDIE VAN NIEKERK FOR PLANNING AND ARRANGING THE AGM, CONFERENCE AND GALA DINNER. YOU ROCK !!!!

The 2015 Funeral Expo will take place on 25 – 26 August at the Sandton Convention Centre and will be managed by the NFDA executive committee.

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