Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
3 minute read
7 Jul 2021
4:26 am

Funeral homes overwhelmed as suppliers run out of boards to make coffins

Marizka Coetzer

Marius du Plessis, marketing and communication manager for Avbob, said compared to June last year, funerals last month went up by about 30%.

Undertaker Lawrence Selaelo attends to a body, 6 July 2021, at Collinge and Co Funeral Directors in Fourways. The funeral industry is overwhelmed with the number of deaths in Gauteng due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Picture: Michel Bega

For the funeral industry, business is not booming but rather bursting out of its seams as the undertakers try and keep up with the high death rate. Johan Rossouw from Funeral Industry Reformed Association said according to its members, the current intake of bodies was nearly three times more than last year. He said the industry was full, from fridges, to mortuaries, to cemeteries which cannot accommodate the current high demand. “One of our 2 000 members in Cape Town handled more than 60 bodies last month. That’s just one of 2 000 other parlours,” Rossouw said. He added another...