Plan for death in advance

2015-07-23 06:00

Mlungiseleli Mhlauli, Zanele, Asanda and Elliot Nquma in front of their offices in Makhaza, Khayelitsha.

Mlungiseleli Mhlauli, Zanele, Asanda and Elliot Nquma in front of their offices in Makhaza, Khayelitsha.

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When he saw the need to help poor people give their loved ones a a proper send off, a security company owner branched off into the burial business.

Elliott Mnquma of Ilizwe Securities and African Compass Trading, said he was touched every time a “bereaved family would come knocking” to his door for help.

“I have helped a few families bury their loved ones but I came to a decision that I must come to a stop through education,” said Elliott.

Since he employs an army of security personnel, most of them would come to him when a family member died.

“I started by educating them about the importance of having funeral policies and that gave birth to the idea that I should start a burial scheme.

I hope this will help a lot of people realise that they must be ready for any eventuality,” he said.

Assisted by his wife Asanda,they have transformed their old house in Makhaza into an office where “members come for advice”

“The community has receive this service with open arms and they are inquiring daily about the services we offer,” said Asanda.

Elliott revealed that most of their clients are from the Eastern Cape and as such they have advanced plans to build a huge mortuary in the villages near eNgcobo.

“We noted that rural families are struggling when it comes to having funerals, so we will be taking the service to their door steps,” said Elliott.

He said black communities must be taught the value of ensuring lives because they have a “huge culture on funerals”

“They must plan for this,” he said

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