“Insure your kids”

2015-07-23 06:00



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Following revelations that some of the victims of the Osi Tavern did not have funeral insurance policies, some leading funeral parlour directors have warned the community that this should be a wake-up call to be covered.

Death knows no age limit, they hold.

Eight young girls perished after a staircase collapsed in the wee hours of that tragic morning.

Chrsi Stali, a former MEC for Culture and Sports in the province, and who now runs the Eyodidi Funeral Services, was one of the directors who sponsored some of the funerals of the victims.

“All business owners were approached by the South African National Civics Organisation (Sanco) and Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF) to help but very few came out to help,” said Sitali.

He said their targetted budget was R90 000 but in the end they managed to only get a paltry R25 000.

“This meant that I had to carry the remainder of the budget but KDF leaders were begging me to help out and I took a decision because I know umntu akalahlwa,” he added.

He said families must prioritise “funeral insurance covers, regardless of the age of the relative.”

“We are a community that goes big on funerals and we must be ready for tragedies likes these,” he said.

KDF chairperson Ndithini Leon Tyhido said Stali has shown “volumes of ubuntu and understanding of the dire situation the bereaved families were in.”

“We need selfless business people like Stali in rebuilding our communities,” he said.

Tyhido took a swipe at big conglomorates like SA Breweries, Shoprite, Woolworths, the banks and other business.

“When Table Mountain burns they are quick to raise millions, when eight children from poor families die there is utter silence,” he fumed.

The six deceased were buried in Elliot, Tsomo, Mount Fletcher, Idutywa and Queenstown last Saturday.

The women were between the ages of 15 and 23.

Nomafrench Mbombo, MEC for Health in the province, visited the tarvern after the incident.

Mbombo strongly condemned the selling of alcohol to children and said the liquor licence of the owner of the tavern would be suspended pending the investigation.

“It is tragic and unfortunate that young people lose their lives in such a way. It is illegal to sell alcohol to underage children.

It also seems this place was open when it should have been closed, she added

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