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1 Presentation on the South African Federation of Burial Society (SAFOBS) Secondary Co operatives to the Burial Society Indaba Burial Society Indaba Date: 28/10/2011

2 What is a Co-operative? “an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically controlled enterprise.” A membership based business organisation that must generate income for its sustainability as well as its members. A membership based business organisation that must generate income for its sustainability as well as its members.

3 Principles of Cooperatives Cooperatives operate on the basis of principles and ethics of good practice; Open and Voluntary Membership Open and Voluntary Membership Democratic Member Control Democratic Member Control Member Economic Participation Member Economic Participation Autonomy and Independence Autonomy and Independence Education, Training and Transformation Education, Training and Transformation Cooperation among Co-operatives Cooperation among Co-operatives Concern for Communities Concern for Communities

4 Purpose to which Coops began to address the problems of economic and social development i.e Popular ownership of capital and equal opportunity of education and employment for all of society Popular ownership of capital and equal opportunity of education and employment for all of society Confront the potential poverty caused by replacement and displacement of labour Confront the potential poverty caused by replacement and displacement of labour Community as a means for human development Community as a means for human development

5 Types of Coops Service Cooperatives – are cooperatives established by members to receive decent services i.e SACCO’s, Consumers, Housing etc Service Cooperatives – are cooperatives established by members to receive decent services i.e SACCO’s, Consumers, Housing etc Worker Cooperatives – are formed by members to create decent employment to themselves i.e construction cooperatives, agricultural cooperatives etc Worker Cooperatives – are formed by members to create decent employment to themselves i.e construction cooperatives, agricultural cooperatives etc

6 Key activities when forming a cooperative Development of an idea into a business plan Development of an idea into a business plan Verify and identify your market – do a feasibility study Verify and identify your market – do a feasibility study Ensure that among the cooperative members a skills base for the industry Ensure that among the cooperative members a skills base for the industry Check the funding possibilities for your idea Check the funding possibilities for your idea Register yourselves as a cooperative Register yourselves as a cooperative

7 Support Opportunities to Cooperatives in SA SAFOBS-Secondary co operatives SAFOBS-Secondary co operatives SANACO – cooperatives movement SANACO – cooperatives movement Thedti – has an oversight policy responsibility Thedti – has an oversight policy responsibility National Development Agencies (NDA) National Development Agencies (NDA) Development Finance Institutions (DFI) Development Finance Institutions (DFI) Provincial Agencies Provincial Agencies Government departments Government departments Municipalities Municipalities

8 SAFOBS believes that... Cooperatives can create more work and wealth opportunities to the majority of the people Cooperatives can create more work and wealth opportunities to the majority of the people Cooperatives can assist the government to reach its targets and ultimately eradicate poverty Cooperatives can assist the government to reach its targets and ultimately eradicate poverty Cooperatives develop communities socially, economically and culturally Cooperatives develop communities socially, economically and culturally

9 Continue Promote the concept and practice of a burial society – becoming the organized voice of the burial societies; Promote the concept and practice of a burial society – becoming the organized voice of the burial societies; Educate and train members in burial society organization and management; Educate and train members in burial society organization and management; Share information through quarterly publication of Burial Society Voice newsletter Share information through quarterly publication of Burial Society Voice newsletter Minimize of funeral costs, through bargaining and own insurance schemes. Minimize of funeral costs, through bargaining and own insurance schemes. Engage in socio-economic projects, including consumer co-operatives, coffin production and sale and financial co-operative projects. Engage in socio-economic projects, including consumer co-operatives, coffin production and sale and financial co-operative projects.

10 Thank You! Build the co-op burial society movement! Build the co-op burial society movement! Contact: Contact: Thulane Mabuza Tel: +27 (0) Fax: +27 (0) Mobile: +27 (0) &


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