Over the past year, the funeral industry has been hit hard by the influx of deaths caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. As frontline workers, Icebolethu staff have experienced immense and unprecedented pressure, putting their physical, mental and social well-being at risk.
The GCEO of Icebolethu Group, Nomfundo Mcoyi said, “the management of Icebolethu Group recognises the importance of mental and physical health given the service Icebolethu provides to the greater community. This service has most recently exposed our dedicated staff to excessive stress and prolonged working hours due to the second-wave of Coronavirus. In understanding that our greatest asset is our staff members, we arranged for full wellness day held at Giba Gorge, Pinetown on 21 April 2021”.
The wellness day included a 5KM Hike at Giba Gorge, a presentation on the importance of physical fitness by Ayanda Fitness Guru, reflections on the effects of the 2nd and how best we can prepare ourselves mentally and physically for the possible third wave by Dr. Nomcebo Nene and the Icebolethu readiness plan for a potential third wave. The staff members also received an invigorating talk on leadership during a pandemic and the importance of being emotionally and mentally prepared by Karabo Mokoape.
Icebolethu staff participated in fun team building exercises and aerobics. Each staff member received a care kit which included a stress ball, towel, water bottle, lunch cooler, sanitiser and a mask.
“I wish to take this opportunity to thank our corporate sponsors; South African Funeral Services (SAFS), African Unity Life (AUL), Old Mutual, Discovery, LOM Event Solutions, Ilanga Newspaper and Capital Printers. It is a pleasure working with strategic businesses, such as yours, in creating a conducive economic environment to grow industries and find solutions to the general and unique challenges faced by the businesses in our country”, said Nomfundo Mcoyi.