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    Monday, 21 November 2016

    Doves to open $1.5m funeral parlour in Beitbridge


    NKULUMANI MLAMBO

    BEITBRIDGE – The oldest funeral services' company in the country and one of the biggest by market share, Doves Holdings has built a state of the art funeral parlour in the border town of Beitbridge, group chief executive officer Dr Talent Maziwisa has said.
    He said the $1.5million parlour is meant to serve the local community and the diaspora especially South Africa where the company has more than 161 branches nationwide.
    "The Beitbridge parlour will principally service the local community; we envisage the establishment to become a key conduit in tapping into the Zimbabwean diaspora community through repatriations from South Africa.
    "We have entered into a service delivery agreement with Doves South Africa. This strategic partnership feeds into our strategic goal of growing our footprint beyond our borders into the SADC region and as far afield as the United States and the United Kingdom – where we have a healthy diaspora community," said Dr Maziwisa.
    The Beitbridge parlour will be opened at the end of November and it will be offering services like hospital or home removal of the body and has a modern mortuary with a standby generator in case there is no electricity.
    Doves also do body washing which includes shaving, special reconstruction of bodies for those who would have been killed in road accidents, embalming of bodies.
    There is also a room for body viewing and chapel for church service at the parlour as well as buses to ferry mourners. The parlour has modern hearses and caskets which suit every customer depending on the type of policy they hold.
    Doves is embarking on a growth strategy which will see the company having a branch in every district in the country said Dr Maziwisa.
    The funeral services company boasts of 26 branches throughout the country and is adding more each quarter.
    "As part of our expansion program we have invested in new parlours, buses, new age Ford Transit 2016 model hearses, state of the art Hyundai removal ambulances and funeral services equipment i.e. tents, chairs, mobile toilets and lowering devices. This has, in turn, improved efficiency and service delivery to meet our clients' needs.
    "In addition to completion of a state-of-the-art parlour in Beitbridge which is  set  for  opening end of this month, Chiredzi will be ready by end of  year," added Dr Maziwisa.
    Doves Holdings was incorporated as a professional funeral services company in the country in 1902 and has grown from strength to strength.
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