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Funeral costs increase by as much as 25% because of PPE expenses

11 August 2020 5:52 PM
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Avbob general manager Pieter van der Westhuizen says have hired more people and converted shipping containers to cold rooms.

South African funeral parlours increased the burial and cremation prices by 25% since the arrival of COVID-19. Avbob general manager Avbob Pieter van der Westhuizen explained that the reason behind the increase is due to extra costs for personal protective equipment (PPE) that is needed when burying a deceased person with COVID-19.

If a deceased or person passed on because of COVID-19 there are unfortunately additional expenses for PPE, not because they died this time of the year. That would be unreasonable and unfair.

Pieter van der Westhuizen, General manager - Avbob

RELATED: Ramaphosa reinstates ban on alcohol, COVID-19 death toll surpasses 4,000

Westhuizen says when the lockdown initially started the number of deaths decreased but shot up in July to 60% increase compared to previous years, but he argued that these deaths are not all related to COVID-19 but that there are other contributing factors to the increase.

I just want to make it clear that we do not know whether it is related to COVID-19, it’s an official number that is coming through on a daily basis.

Pieter van der Westhuizen, General manager - Avbob

Westhuizen says due to the steep rise in deaths they have had to hire more people to assist and had to come up with a strategic plan of converting shipping containers to cold rooms.

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11 August 2020 5:52 PM
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#Covid19
FUNERALS covid
funeral parlours

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