Funeral Company to Offer Free Burials for George Collapse Victims, South Africans Impressed

Funeral Company to Offer Free Burials for George Collapse Victims, South Africans Impressed

  • Funeral company AVBOB announced that it would be doing the funerals for South Africans who died during the George building collapse for free
  • It spoke after President Cyril Ramaphosa's visit and said it would also be assisting victims from other South African countries
  • Netizens were pleased with the gesture from AVBOB and applauded it for the free funerals

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Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, covered accidents, outbreaks, nature and natural disaster-related incidents at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News for seven years.

Avbob offered free funerals for local victims of the George building collapse
Avbob extended a helping hand to the victims' families. Images: Willie Van Tonder/AFP via Getty Images and Lulama Zenzile/Die Burger/Gallo Images via Getty Images
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GEORGE, WESTERN CAPE – AVBOB extended a kind gesture to the families of the victims who died during the George building collapse tragedy. It offered to bury the victims for free.

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AVBOB to offer free burials for victims

According to SABC News, AVBOB spokesperson Gert Niehaus said the company would do the funerals for free. The families would have to pay for the travelling costs. He also noted that AVBOB would offer coffins, embalming, and proper documentation for victims from neighbouring African countries. The company will provide special transport prices for both local and international victims. So far, the death toll stands at 33.

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South Africans cheer for AVBOB

Netizens on Facebook expressed appreciation for AVBOB's gesture.

Kagisho Malese Chukudu said:

"Offering help to those who need it most is another way of showing or demonstrating humanity and sharing support through difficult times."

Nombuso Fazie said:

"AVBOB is giving back to the community."

Fafama Dalasa said:

"AVBOB, thank you for the help."

Prosper Mabhena said:

"One day, some South Africans will find themselves in foreign lands, working for peanuts. These guys who died deserve to be respected."

Not everyone was pleased

Dexter Mohalane said:

"You know, some businesses will amaze you. They sometimes fail to bury their customers who pay them monthly when they miss one of two premiums, but they offer to bury people who aren't even insured with them."

Siyabonga Ka Nobhijela said:

"It shouldn't be a surprise if AVBOB has links with the property developer or the contractor of the collapsed building."

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SAPS will formally begin investigations into the collapse

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that the South African Police Service will start investigating the collapse formally.

The building will be handed over to the police and the Department of Labour for investigation.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email:

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