Shortage of coffins in South Africa


With the country hit by a second wave of COVID-19, undertakers are seeing more and more bodies. In the first week of this month, funeral parlours witnessed an increase of more than 70% in burials.

With the emergence of the second wave of COVID-19, the number of coronavirus-related deaths is growing at an alarming rate.

Most deaths have been reported in the Eastern Cape followed by the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

The funeral industry said it’s running short of coffins as spokesperson Vuyo Mabindisa explained: “However, the South African Funeral Practitioner’s Association has investigated to see if we can get other suppliers in neighbouring countries.”

During the first hard lockdown, millions of flowers went to waste, said Ansen Lamprecht, florist wholesaler and owner of Ansen Flowers, as demand and prices crashed. So cautious producers cut back on planting.

“Now suddenly, from two weeks ago before the real big spike, end of December, the demand is so big,” he said. “There are too many funerals, everybody is looking for coffin sprays… [but flower growers] didn’t plan for that.”

Source: Taxi times