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Balerato and Tshwaraganang burial societies celebrated over the weekend.Photo by Sammy Moretsi  ~ 

THE two burial societies were united in joy and held a lovely joint celebration. On the day they did not talk about burial policies but focussed on showing their support in numbers.

One burial society, called Balerato, which means “they have love”, invited another burial society, Tshwaraganang, which in Tswana loosely translates as “stand united”, to share their party at the beginning of October.

Balerato was celebrating their one year anniversary. It was formally started in 2016 with 15 members from Bekkersdal, Westonaria and Simunye on the West Rand.

Chairwoman of Balerato, Priscilla Mriba, told SunStokvel: “We have been preaching love and how to stand united in times of grief and joy.

“We don’t allow any member to cause a rift among us. We can share the money from the funeral policies but what is life enriching is to share friendship and respect,” Priscilla told SunStokvel.

“Most importantly as women and mothers we have been preaching how to foster peace and love among ourselves and also teach our kids to invest in their success through education and not boast about things of the world,” she added.

Balerato members contribute R250 a month and their joining fee is R250. When a beneficiary of the main member passes on, the families receive R8 000.

Tshwaraganang members each contribute R150 a month, and their main members get R3 500 for a funeral. Their joining fee is R100.

Both societies meet every first week of the month and they have common wishes to travel as far as Durban and Cape Town.

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