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Funeral parlour grouping accuses House Affairs of ‘undermining’ them, threatens to close head workplace


  • Funeral parlours or undertakers have been given a provisional designation to briefly conduct enterprise regarding House Affairs registration of deaths.  
  • The division introduced this on Monday.  
  • Nonetheless, the Unification Process Crew – the grouping of funeral associations and boards – says it should shut down the division’s head workplace on Tuesday.  

Whereas the Division of House Affairs says it has “fulfilled its promise” to the Unification Process Crew (UTT), the grouping of funeral associations and boards have threatened to close down the division’s head places of work in Pretoria on Tuesday.

“Undertakers needs to be allowed to be appointed as designation officers and have their designation numbers with out them being in comparison with having a mortuary which they can’t afford,” stated Muzi Hlengwa talking on behalf of UTT.   

In an announcement on Monday, House Affairs stated it had granted provisional designation for funeral parlours or undertakers to briefly conduct enterprise regarding the division’s registration of deaths.

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It issued a round to employees, the provincial division of well being and metropolitan and district municipalities saying its choice.

The UTT had, final yr, directed an extended listing of calls for to a number of authorities departments to make sure the trade was various and reworked.

From House Affairs, the UTT wished annual provincial schedules for the writing of designation quantity examinations.

News24 reported beforehand that it wished the division to permit funeral undertakers who did not personal a certificates of competence, to put in writing designation quantity examinations and for funeral administrators to be allowed to nominate a proxy to conduct a few of its duties on their behalf.

The Births and Deaths Act stipulates that no funeral undertaker who had not been designated, shall interact within the actions regarding the registration of deaths.

In an engagement with UTT leaders in Pretoria final month, the division stated director-general Tommy Makhode undertook to seek the advice of the Division of Well being and the SA Native Authorities Affiliation to hunt their enter in revising the rules and implementation of points associated to the administration of human stays.

The division stated the events agreed to proceed working collectively to discover a lasting answer to those challenges.

“They’ve agreed that the Division of House Affairs can challenge a provisional designation for funeral undertakers to conduct their enterprise for a interval of 12 months, whereas the events discover a lasting answer,” it stated.

Funeral undertakers have been required to adjust to the next:

– Proof of storage lease settlement as certification of the enterprise relationship for processing or preserving and chilly storage of the deceased with a facility issued with the Certificates of Competence.

– A Certificates of Competence of the particular person (lessor) leasing the premises or half thereof, bearing in mind that the lessor might solely lease premises or a part of the premises with a legitimate Certificates of Competence.

However on Monday, Hlengwa stated they wished a everlasting answer as a way to conduct their enterprise. 

“We aren’t glad. We do not desire a short-term factor. It [the department] is taking us as a right; they’re undermining us,” he instructed News24.

In the meantime, Siya Qoza, spokesperson for Minister of House Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, instructed News24 that they’d famous UTT’s plans.

He stated the division was “placing plans in place to make sure we proceed providing companies tomorrow [Tuesday]”.

“We are going to meet with them in the event that they proceed with their strike motion. We do have a plan to proceed delivering companies to folks,” stated Qoza.

“We do not perceive why different folks needs to be inconvenienced by a matter the place there’s clear and fixed engagement in UTT. What they’re on the lookout for shouldn’t be one thing that may be applied completely with House Affairs.”

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