The South African Cemeteries Association in partnership with eThekwini Municipality
will host its Cemeteries National Annual Conference at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban From 11th-13th March 2015. SACA invites all Municipalities,
Civic Organisations, NGO’s and Religious leaders to attend the event.
The Theme: “The Burning Issue”
In addition to the program, there will be a trade exhibition which allows delegates to network with
each other and our suppliers and hopefully result in valuable business relationships being formed.
South African Cemeteries Association (SACA) conducted a National Training Workshop on Cemeteries/Crematoria in May 2016 at the SALGA offices in Musgrave, Durban. The event was attended by representatives of the various municipalities in South Africa. The training initiative was hailed as successful based on the attendance, the seamless hosting of the event and the overall impact resulted from this.
The topics which were covered:
- Legal Aspects of Burials
- Establishing Cemeteries
- Establishing Crematoria
- Burial and Legislation
- Regulations Relating to the Management of Human Remains
- Exhumation and Reburial of Human Remains
- Regulations Regarding Forensic Pathology Services
- Measuring a plot
- Grave probes
- Grave Layout
- Grave Digging Practices
- Soil type
- Equipment use and maintenance
- Manually digging a grave
- Child grave
- Machine digging a grave
- Shoring Techniques
- Signs of grave collapse& collapsed grave consolidation
- Assessing and protecting the adjacent grave sites
- Backfilling graves; Re-opening of graves and shallow graves
- Hazards in a cemetery
- Risk assessment
- Risk control
- Emergency procedures
- Confined spaces
- Air Quality
- Infection transmission and control
- Manual handling
- consulting with team mates about safety
- Dealing with angry people
- Dealing with the bereaved
- Sharing information in the workplace
- Communication when observing
- Identifying specific needs of families and communicating with the funeral director
At the end of the training workshop each delegate received a certificate of attendance by SACA.
The benefits of ensuring your membership with SACA, as well as attending such workshops are evident in the improved management and co-ordinating all related services. Further, this forum enables members/municipalities to share ideas, experiences and solutions to pertinent issues, in the endeavour to improve service offered. Thus, it is recommended that members from your municipality to enrol with SACA for our next training workshop. Training can be done at your municipality (includes 10/15 delegates) or you can join us at our next workshop.
For further details on the upcoming workshops register with SACA on our website or call Nisha on (031) 3320769 or 0814972383
What SACA Offers Members
SACA offers members an opportunity to enhance the industry through participation in learning and development, networking and information sharing. SACA holds a library of information to assist our members on the day to day management of any Cemetery or Crematorium related issue.
SACA acts as a voice for our members as the core of the Cemetery and Crematoria Industry. We represent our members on a national level through liaison with Government bodies, industry suppliers, media and the community.
SACA encourages best practice within the industry through the development of industry guidelines, benchmarking and collecting key industry statistics. We actively seek ways in which we can raise the profile of interment practices through media coverage and government liaison. We encourage positive working relationships with industry suppliers.
SACA keeps the communication and information sharing open. Our website and newsletter communique updates our members on SACA’s representation, changes within the industry and legislatively.
SACA continues to look at ways in which we can increase benefits and knowledge to our members and support the industry. We are currently exploring a number of opportunities and communicate the progress of all new innovations to our members regularly.
The South African Cemeteries Association is a non-for-profit professional organisation that exists to provide leadership, professional services and communication to the Cemetery and Crematoria industry and its affiliates.
As an SACA member you will receive the following:
- Part of a National body empowered as a voice for industry lobbying
- Copy of SACA News issued quarterly
- Access to Member contact details for organisations throughout Southern Africa
- Access to exclusive Member login section of website
- Membership to exclusive rewards program offering a wide range of discounts
- A certificate acknowledging your status as an SACA member
- Discounted registration fees to Conferences, Workshops and Training
- Networking with other SACA Members for the sharing of ideas and industry assistance
- Professional development and access to training opportunities
- Media liaison and media statement access
- Access to Codes Conduct and Industry Best Practice Policies
- Access to environmental and technical guidelines
- Advice on specific industry issues
- Information Help Desk available
- Access to industry benchmarking and statistics
- Voting rights at the Annual General Meeting or other extraordinary meetings for Ordinary Members
- Opportunity to be involved in a range of sub-committees and projects
- Opportunity to seek lobbyist support from the Association
- Opportunity to become an Executive Committee Member for Ordinary Members
- Opportunity to have input and an active role in the SACA Strategic Plan
VARIOUS ACTS / REGULATIONS /BYLAWS / POLICIES RELATING TO CEMETERY ADMINISTRATION.
- Health Act No. 63 0f 1977 and amendments.
- Regulation 237 of the Health Act. Funeral Undertakers
- Human Tissue Act No. 65 of 1983 and amendments
- Removal of Graves and dead bodies. Ordinance 7 of 1925 and amendments.
- Inquest Act. No. 58 of 1959
- Archives Act.
- Births and Deaths Registration Act No. 51 of 1992 and amendments.
- Extension of Security of Tenure Act. No. 62 of 1997
- National Heritage Resources Act no. 25 of 1999
- Crematoria Ordinance 18 of 1965 and amendments
- Indigent Social Policy
- Paupers Policy [ Section 48 of the Health Act, 1997, as amended]
- Heroes Acre Policy
- Area of High Profile within a cemetery Policy
- Civic Funeral Policy
- State Funeral Policy
- Council Approved Cemetery and Crematoria Bylaws
- Council Approved Tariffs
- Code of Practice Cemeteries and crematoria
- Council Approved Cemetery Booking Procedures
- OHS Act.