Our Story

JD Funeral Parlour, founded in 1981, Rockville, Soweto by Joyce Dibane Tsotetsi. 

JD Funeral Parlour was founded in 1981 in Rockville, Soweto by Joyce Dibane Tsotetsi. As a woman, this set the business apart in that she ventured into a male dominated industry bringing sensitivity and personalized service to the industry. The core of JD Funerals service defines the company’s mission of providing dedicated quality, dignified and personal service to families.

In 1983 as a result of expansion, the company relocated to its present location in Molapo, Soweto. This move marked a vote of confidence the clientele had in the work undertaken by the establishment. Growth and development continue to encapsulate the vision of the company in the following areas:

Observing current and international trends in undertaking.
Benchmarking against our own standard thus striving for continuous improvement.
Ensuring sustainable skills transfer as well as hands on training and development of our employees.

Sourcing staff from within Soweto and in turn participating to job creation – we employ 30 dedicated full time and 30 part time support staff who are all highly skilled and passionate about their work. Some of our staff have been in service since the company’s inception.

Development, involvement and support of community-based initiatives – we have sponsored youth sporting events, HIV/AIDS awareness workshops, Non-Profit organizations community activities and the burial of disadvantaged individuals. JD recently assisted in the sponsorship of the annual “Love Them All” beauty pageant which recognizes the radiance and individuality of physically and mentally challenged youth. We also recently sponsored a community HIV/AIDS awareness workshops at the Jabulani Community Development Centre.



JD’s commitment to the provision of superior quality service has seen a growth in requests for funeral services in and around Gauteng, other provinces and neighboring states such as Lesotho and Mozambique. This in turn has allowed the company to develop its scope and offer a wider range of services.