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BLLAHWU Counters Rivals With Lucrative Funeral Scheme

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Motshegwa
After years of unfruitful efforts to get back their Botswana Land Board & Local Authorities & Health Workers Union (BLLAHWU) Burial Society, the trade union has finally responded with a counter funeral scheme for members that is being seen as simply lucrative.

BLLAHWU Funeral Scheme, under written by Metropolitan, offers P40,000 to members, spouses and up to eight children.

The union has been wiser this time. Instead of repeating the mistake of having the scheme registered as a society, BLLAHWU legally own the scheme through the union’s investment arm.

“Since June, July and August, we have been touring the country addressing our members about the new product for them, and they just love it; in fact when we suggested that they could have separate forms for it, many wanted it to be compulsory, considering the huge benefits,” an upbeat BLLAWHU secretary general Ketlhalefile Motshegwa said about the funeral scheme that also pays P60, 000 each for accidental deaths.

“We wanted something that will really be a solution to the workers, a product that is flexible enough to even allow members to include their parents, the in-laws, and extended family members, and we got it for them, at last,” Motshegwa told The Monitor.

Alongside the funeral scheme, BLLAHWU have also launched a legal cover for their members, something the secretary general feels is a solution to the members’ social

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lives issues.

“Being workers, our members spend a minimum of eight hours away from homes, but they have social matters to attend to as well, which could cost money, like mortgage bonds and transfers, family matters such as division of joint estate, criminal and civil matters-all these things could cost one a lot of money.

 We shopped for the most affordable rates, using the power of group membership, for the benefit of our members,” Motshegwa said.

According to Motshegwa traditionally trade unions have done well in legal representations of their members in courts for labour related matters, but the social life aspects, BLLAHWU decided to chip in and provide an affordable legal cover, which at just P50 a month, can pay P60, 000 for a legal matter.“The members like it more so that it has a cash back plan, and has no waiting period, plus there are over 40 law firms at the disposal of the members.

This does not mean BLLAHWU will no longer assist members as we have traditionally done in labour related matters, we have not abandoned that mandate,” Motshegwa added.



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