Delegates attend Cemeteries and Crematoria Inaugural Pan African Conference

Delegates also asked very pertinent questions at the three-day conference.

More than 250 international and local delegates gathered in the city of Durban for the South African Cemeteries and Crematoria Inaugural Pan African Conference, which was held recently.

Mayor of eThekwini, Cllr Zandile Gumede officiated the opening of the conference at Durban’s ICC. The three day conference afforded experts and relevant stakeholders an opportunity to discuss challenges faced in the provision of sustainable interment services nationally and the extent of challenges beyond national boundaries.

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The subject of scarcity of land and burial sites, environmental obligations and sensitivity to traditions, beliefs and customs of the people of Africa were also examined extensively.

Delegates and speakers deliberated on alternative burial methods and options, the cultural constraints of alternative disposal methods and the burial practices amongst indigenous communities in South Africa and in Africa. The conference also heard responses from the Traditional and Religious leaders as well as a presentation from the Commission for Linguistics Rights.


Elaine Naidoo
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