Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
19 Jun 2020
5:10 am

Undertakers say they’re ready for possible virus mass burials

Brian Sokutu

However, the availability of burial land could pose a challenge, said SA Cemeteries Association (Saca) chair Pepe Dass.

Picture for illustrative purposes. Undertakers carry a coffin during the funeral proceedings for a Covid-19 victim at a mosque in Cape Town, on June 16, 2020. Picture: MARCO LONGARI / AFP

From a blue-chip concern to a small family-owned business, funeral undertakers in South Africa are gearing up to deal with the worst – a spike in the country’s Covid-19 death toll – which, according to experts, is likely to massively increase during the winter. As the national death count on Thursday stood at 1,674, Avbob, one of the largest funeral undertakers, was bullish about its readiness in an event of mass burials. Asked about the cost for bereaved families, general manager Pieter van der Westhuizen said: “Besides the adjustments made to cover inflation, we are not increasing our prices. “Since...