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BUILDINGS & GROUNDS

Cemeterian Operations
and Management Training:

Cape Town, South Africa
By George Barnes, Barnes Cemetery Training and Consulting Services

F

or over 11 years, I have
enjoyed offering Cemeterian Operations and
Management Training
on behalf of the Ontario
Recreation and Facilities
Association (ORFA) to
more than 700 participants throughout
Canada. In October 2016, and for the
very first time, I received a request to
offer this training internationally to the
Amabhubesi Conferencing and Training
Company in Cape Town, South Africa. I
have successfully presented this training
all across Ontario and Canada, including
Fort McMurray, Humbolt, Saskatchewan
and the Waswanipi First Nation in
Quebec, but I never expected that I would
be offering this program half way around
the world!
During my past trips, I've been surprised and enlightened by the burial processes in other provinces, which are often
different than in Ontario. I have compared

what I know and my experiences over the
years with the actual realities in other
provinces and nations. This has caused
me to pause and think about new ways
of managing cemeteries and dealing with
burials and also to appreciate the difficulties and challenges that cemetery operators face around the world.
In February 2017, I made the trip to
South Africa to deliver the training program. This trip prompted me to think
about how cemeteries are operated, how
interments are dealt with internationally and the many issues and challenges
faced by cemetery operators world-wide,
sometimes as a result of social or economic stresses.
During the training program, I met
Susan Brice, the Cemetery Coordinator
for City Parks, City of Cape Town. During
her presentation, she indicated that the
City of Cape Town cemeteries have 1200
full interments per month. The amount
of land required for burials makes up

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roughly seven rugby fields each year.
The Maitland Cemetery in Cape Town is
4 km long and 120 hectares with more
than 800,000 interments! Interments are
limited to a maximum of 30 on Saturdays
in each of its six cemeteries.
Cape Town is rapidly running out of
available cemetery land and it is estimated that with their existing inventory
and land, there is only space left for
burials for a few years. They do perform
about 500 cremations per month, which
is a cremation rate of about 40 per cent,
however, the majority of the population
there does not accept cremation as an
acceptable or desirable disposition. (In
Ontario, the cremation rate is about
60 per cent and in British Columbia that
rate is about 75 per cent). This has created a significant land use issue.
Although cemeteries in South Africa
do not meet the stringent legislative standards for ensuring safety and dignity
that we have here in Ontario (under the



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Summer 2017

Risk Management Guidelines for Water Recreational Equipment Areas
Water Use in Turfgrasses
Cemeterian Operations and Management Training– Cape Town, South Africa
The Benefits and Challenges of Daylighting Recreation Facilities
Effective Human Resources Management
Energy Champion – Time to Plan
Rules for Flying the National Flag of Canada
Preparing for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games
Health & Safety (PSHSA) – Preventing and Managing Heat Stress
Member Profile – Jim Bryson, City of Stratford
Index of Advertisers
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Risk Management Guidelines for Water Recreational Equipment Areas
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Water Use in Turfgrasses
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Cemeterian Operations and Management Training– Cape Town, South Africa
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - The Benefits and Challenges of Daylighting Recreation Facilities
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Effective Human Resources Management
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Energy Champion – Time to Plan
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Rules for Flying the National Flag of Canada
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Preparing for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Health & Safety (PSHSA) – Preventing and Managing Heat Stress
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Member Profile – Jim Bryson, City of Stratford
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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