MASVINGO – Some 2 000 Zimbabweans living in Cape Town, South Africa have started a thriving burial society that has repatriated 13 bodies back home in the 12 months that it has been in existence.
Zimbabwe Burial Society has also buried over 100 members in the short space of time.
The burial society pays an average R50 000 to members during the time of bereavement. Members neither pay subscriptions nor joining fees. They only pay R50 each when there is a bereavement.
The Society was registered in April 2020.
ZBS secretary-general Nicodimus Guni told The Mirror that the society is open to all Zimbabweans in Cape Town.
“ZBS was registered in April 2020 and is overseen by a 12-member committee. Elections are held annually to choose executive members.
“We don’t have monthly premiums or joining fees. Every member contributes R50 when and only when a member dies. This is given to the deceased’s family for funeral costs. Membership is open to any Zimbabwean in Cape Town,” said Guni.
External auditors are part of the accounting system.
“We work closely with the Zimbabwean Embassy and the South African Home Affairs Department and this makes funeral or repatriation process smooth.
“We therefore pay for everything from body removal, embalming, paperwork and repatriation,” said Guni.
ZBS chairperson is Gideon Siyapeya from Chipinge, who is deputised by Virginia Mazhindu (Chivhu), Chris Kuvarega (Bindura) is the secretary and deputised by Maria Ndebele (Bulawayo), Talent Chienza (Chipinge) legal affairs, Garikai Wachena (Mberengwa) is the auditor, Mike Chigwevere (Gokwe) treasurer, Honour Raisi from (Manzvire) is the program director, Priscilla Muyengwa (Norton) does marketing, Nathan Mukono (Buhera) handles logistics, Joyce Chedu (Rusape) is a committee member and Nicodimus Guni (Zaka) is the secretary-general.
“We have a lean organogram and everything is done transparently. We have a Facebook page and inquiries can be made there,” said Guni. https://masvingomirror.com