Doves Funeral Assurance Zimbabwe, in collaboration with its South African partner, has introduced a funeral policy for Zimbabweans working in South Africa.
The Zimba-Mzansi funeral plan also caters for cross border traders plying their trade between the two countries.
The Forced Migration Studies Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg estimates that between 1 million and 1,5 million Zimbabweans are living in South Africa.
“Doves Zimbabwe has come up with an innovative plan meant to guarantee peace of mind and security in times of bereavement and after. All services will be seamlessly provided in conjunction with Doves SA,” Doves said in a statement.
“The funeral plan caters for any Zimbabwean living in South Africa without the necessary SA papers. Parents resident in Zimbabwe whose children are studying in South Africa can also be covered under the facility.”
According to Doves Zimbabwe, should a local citizen die in South Africa, the nearest Doves SA will ensure the deceased is removed from the place of death to the parlour.
Preparation of the repatriation paperwork and transportation of the deceased to the nearest Zimbabwe border or airport, will be done by Doves SA.
A sizeable part of the Zimbabwean population is resident outside the country, with the highest concentration being in South Africa, the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Australia and western Europe.
A number of Zimbabweans have in the past been stranded in South Africa and United Kingdom following their untimely death as a result of high repatriation costs.