Doves Group was established in 1883 as a funeral directing organisation in Durban initially named Doves Funeral Services. Doves Group emerged in 1959 when Homes Trust Funeral Services, through a series of acquisitions, acquired industry respected funeral directing companies such as Goodall & Williams, Doves, Doves & Adlam Reid and Jones & Rice. During the 70’s, Saffas (South African Federation of Funeral Assurance Societies) also became part of Homes Trust Funeral Services.
In 1989, the senior management team purchased the company from Metropolitan Life and changed its name to HT Group. HT Group established its own insurance company, HTG Life in 1993 (now known as 3Sixty Life). The name was subsequently changed to Doves Group in 2004. Numsa Investement Company acquired 100% shareholding in Doves Group through Brevity Trade 12 (now called 3Sixty Global Solutions Group).
Doves Group is one of the largest funeral directing companies in Southern Africa and a major role player in the progressive development of the funeral industry. Doves Group was the founding member of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) and is currently the member of South African Funeral Practitioner’s Association (SAFPA) and the Funeral Federation of South Africa (FFSA). Doves Group has influenced the present day structure of the funeral industry. Doves Group runs a national network in excess of hundred and sixty branches in all the nine provinces, providing insurance, funeral services and related products. Doves Group in an authorized financial services provider with its funeral insurance underwritten by 3Sixty Life.
Chief Executive Officer
Minki Rasenyalo is the first black woman to be appointed CEO of Doves Group. She has led the company’s growth and refocused Doves Group into financial services since 2010 when she took over. Minki joined Doves Group in 2009 as General Manager for Doves Coastal.
Minki started her management career at Royal Sechaba Catering in March 2003 as a Project Manager and then progressed to become an Area Manager, a position she served until June 2006. Minki moved to Fedics where she was appointed as Operations Manager at their KZN Region from June 2006 to January 2009. She holds a BSc in Dietetics, completed in 1996 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics in 1997 both from the University of KwaZulu Natal. Minki also studied and completed her BTech in Business Administration in 2006 at Durban University of Technology.