Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
14 Jan 2021
5:02 am

Video: Funeral directors fear flood of victims

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Funeral undertakersare preparing for a spike in demand for their services in the next two to three months, while data from the South African Medical Research Council says data suggests that a large percentage of excess deaths can be attributed to Covid-19

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

Funeral directors, who are battling to stay ahead of the flood of bodies, fear that the second wave of Covid-19 is destined to lead to even more deaths than the first. Using trends in the South African funeral industry as a barometer for the rate of Covid-19 deaths, the South African Funeral Directors Association spokesperson Vuyo Mabindisa said the next two months were likely to see plenty more Covid-19 carnage. Business had yet to slow down in the industry since the festive season, when a national shortage of coffins was reported. According to Mabindisa, the usual high death rate in...