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National Workshop 2016

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
    • Constitution
    • 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
  • Exhumations
  • Hazards in a cemetery
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk control
  • Emergency procedures
  • PPE
  • 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