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THE CEMETERY PROFESSIONALS WHO PARTICIPATED IN
THE PROGRAM ARE AS DEDICATED AND EXPERIENCED
AS ANY CEMETERY OPERATORS IN OUR AREA, BUT
THE LACK OF LAND AND INCREASING MAINTENANCE
DEMANDS ARE PLACING GREAT FINANCIAL STRESSES
ON THE MUNICIPALITIES AND GOVERNMENTS THERE.
provincial Funeral, Burial and Cremation
Services Act), the level of maintenance
required is tolerated due to the low
income level of the majority of South
Africans and the social decision not to
select cremation.
Interment rights are sold in Cape Town
for about the equivalent of $200.00
Canadian with a significant demand
for financial assistance to meet these
expenses. Challenges arise because of
the cultural demand for in-ground interment versus cremation and the inability
to move cemetery operations farther from
cities because families need to be able
access the cemeteries from their homes.
The cemetery professionals who participated in the program are as dedicated and
experienced as any cemetery operators in
our area, but the lack of land and increasing maintenance demands are placing
great financial stresses on the municipalities and governments there. This has created conflicts about where to spend their
limited finances and resources.
The training offered exposed participants to the cemetery standards, legislation and procedures that we have

for Ontario cemeteries. Topics such as
risk management, health and safety are
universal for each municipality in South
Africa, yet the actual implementation
varied greatly.
Graves are dug by hand by numerous
employees making only a few dollars
a day. In many areas, security has to
be provided to prevent looting and to
deter squatters. Open graves cannot be
left overnight, even if covered, to avoid
materials from being stolen or used to
build temporary shelters. There is no
grass in the cemeteries, and as such, no
need for mowing. Graves are covered
with a concrete grave cover and the sand
around graves does not support grass
growth. In cemeteries where grass does
grow, it is sprayed with a non-selective
herbicide to eliminate maintenance
requirements.
Although processes, such as grounds
maintenance, grave openings and maintaining cemetery records are similar to
those in Ontario, the training allowed
the participants to see how other operators manage cemeteries and also
exposed them to alternative methods

of performing cemetery operations. In
addition, the legislative obligations and
responsibilities that cemetery operators
have to the public were discussed.
In addition, this training provided an
opportunity for cemetery operators to
learn cemetery work processes that are
accepted world-wide and also share their
knowledge with the other participants in
the group. As a result of this program, the
Amabhubesi Conferencing and Training
Company are planning to bring this training to all provinces in South Africa, similar to the program that has been offered
by ORFA across Canada for many years.
Since my return, I have received
a request from South Africa to host a
two-day tour in Canada of cemetery
operations demonstrating best practice
of cemetery methods. The proposed delegation will consist of a group of senior
executives and management who are
involved in planning, operations and
maintenance of cemeteries. This request
demonstrates the urgency in dealing with
the political and cultural challenges that
face the cemetery operations and management of South Africa.
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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
Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Intro
Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - cover1
Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - cover2
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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 - 18
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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