Bianca Naidoo, a widow, discusses how she has managed to make it through the past six months following the passing of her husband, Riky Rick.
The news of the rapper’s death left many people numb, shocked, and heartbroken when it was announced in February 2022 that he had committed suicide in the studio.
The surviving spouse of the deceased person recently discussed how she has been coping with the loss of her husband and how the children have been a source of strength for her. This came at a time when the deceased person’s family and friends are working through the grieving process.
Bianca has two children: a son named Maik who is eight years old and is the product of her relationship with the rapper, and a daughter named Jordan who is the product of a previous relationship.
It’s true that some days are simpler than others. I am able to get through it because I have such an incredible support system around me, and the kids also provide me with a lot of strength. She explained, “On the days that I am not okay, I give myself permission to be not okay.”
“I was very open about what happened to dad from the very beginning, from the very first day on. I talk a lot with children, and I listen a lot.” Now that they have gained the confidence to express themselves, they each process things in their own unique way. They are aware that, should they have any questions, they are welcome to come and ask them as well as discuss the matter, and I believe that both of them are there. The only thing that matters is that I am truthful,” she went on to say.
Riky Rick was a devoted member of his family and a beloved member of the community.
Beginning Your Own Undertaking and Funeral Home Business.
Beginning your own funeral parlor business follows the exact same steps as beginning any other kind of business, with the exception of the requirement that you have a Certificate of Competence. To get started, pick a legal structure for your company, such as a sole proprietorship, a closed corporation, or a private company.
You are required to register your company with the South African Revenue Services, Employees tax (PAYE), Value-Added Tax (VAT), and Unemployment insurance fund before you can start a business in South Africa (UIF).
Obtaining Your Certificate of Competence:
In order to comply with laws and regulations governing the industry, one must submit an application for a Certificate of Competence before opening a funeral home. You are required to publish two notices in two different official languages in newspapers that circulate in the area where such premises are located before submitting an application for a Certificate of Competence. These notices must be published in the same newspaper.
This must be completed at least 21 days before the application can be submitted. The applicant submits a written application to the Local Authority in whose area of jurisdiction the funeral undertaker’s premises will be located in order to obtain a Certificate of Competence.
The following items must be submitted in addition to the application:
A detailed account of the property, including its location.
At a scale of one hundred to one, a comprehensive ground plan of either the proposed construction or the existing buildings.
A block plan of the premises, on which the direction north is shown, that indicates which adjacent premises are already occupied by the applicant or other persons and for what purpose such premises are being utilized or are to be utilized in the future.
Information about any person other than the owner of the premises or any of his employees who has prepared corpses on the premises in the past or who will do so in the future.
No person is permitted to prepare any corpse unless they are doing so on the premises of a funeral undertaker for whom a Certificate of Competence has been issued and is in effect, as per the provisions of regulations R 237 of February 8, 1985. This is subject to the regulations’ provisions.
Taking care of other pressing concerns
As the proprietor of a funeral home, you will be required to deal with a number of different insurance companies. It is critical that you have a solid understanding of how the coverage for the funeral insurance works. Your staff needs to be aware of how to help a family make a claim on their insurance policy. The following are some additional topics that you should be familiar with:
The Process of Death Registration.
Purchasing of Cemetery Plots
Documents pertaining to identity are being revoked.
Discussions and agreements with the Church and its Minister. Crematorium protocol.
Health Department documents.
How much financial resources are needed?
Research is the only way to establish both how much capital you will require and what kind of infrastructure will be necessary. Both of these things will need to be determined. There is no one-size-fits-all formula that can tell you exactly how much money you will need to launch a company.
The amount necessary to launch a funeral home hinges on the services that you plan to provide, such as viewings, fees for professionals, and costs associated with transportation. Additional costs may be incurred for services such as cremation, funerals held at the graveside, obituary announcements, online memorial programs, and assistance in acquiring legally required documentation such as death certificates, permits, and other similar items. Every funeral home ought to have an itemized price list available for their clients.
Guide to the composition of a business plan.
Read the guide provided by Entrepreneur titled How to Write a Business Plan: Step-by-Step Guide for additional information on how to write a business plan that covers all aspects of the business. Sample Business Plans: If you would like additional information on the components that your business plan ought to contain, click here.
Conduct studies on the market.
Because of this, you need to conduct research on the market, talk to the proprietors of funeral homes, and ask questions like “how many funeral homes are there in the area?” What percentage of deaths result in cremation versus burials? Writing your own business plan is the first and most important step you need to take.
In doing research, you need to study the market in the area in which you are panning to operate your business. The services that are provided have a responsibility to be tailored to the requirements of the community. Determine what your unique selling proposition is in comparison to that of the other funeral homes. You will find that this is helpful in preparing your marketing strategy, which is an essential component of any business plan.
Cremation units must be constructed to exacting quality and safety standards, but they are not manufactured in South Africa because they are not produced there. All of these units are imported, and the price for one unit, excluding the cost of emission control systems and installation, ranges somewhere around R1.2 million.
Set up costs
According to Theo Rix, the Managing Director of Independent Crematoriums of South Africa, “the cost to set up a fully functional crematorium in South Africa is around R7million.” [Crematoriums are used in South Africa] He says that although the majority of people believe that this is an easy way to make money, the reality is that it is not.
It is possible that obtaining the necessary permits and permission from the relevant local municipalities and government authorities could take up to two years. We don’t make an effort to complete the paperwork on our own because it’s such a huge undertaking.
According to Rix, “We employ attorneys to get the process going on our behalf so that we can focus on other things.” Rix explains that in order to cremate more than sixty bodies in one month, you will need to have more than one viable unit. Because you don’t want to be too close to another crematorium, location is extremely important. According to Rix, the recommended cost for each cremation is R1000 (this does not include the urn or the service).
In order to start a new crematorium business, you will need to submit an application for a license to your community’s municipal government. The application does not cost anything, but it does require a significant amount of time and effort on your part to complete. In addition, in order to acquire permission, you will be required to make initial contact with both the Department of Environmental Health and the Cemetery Board that serves the local municipality.