Elaborate tombstones fever
These state-of the-art stones range from R65 000 to R250 000
WHEN Struggle stalwarts such as Winnie MadikizelaMandela and other icons pass away, their families tend to honour them and their contribution by erecting huge tombstones.
In years gone by, people used modest headstones bearing an inscription that best describes the person’s life.
But lately, images including statues and pictures of the dead are used more and more to denote a person’s lifestyle and career.
These state-of-the-art stones don’t come cheap, ranging from R65 000 up to R250 000 depending on what features are required.
Take the tombstone of the late comedian, actor producer and songwriter Joe Mafela.
He died in a car accident almost a year ago in Johannesburg.
The man who was popularised by the SABC1 comedy series called and has one of the most elaborate tombstones at the West Park, where most of the elite are also buried.
His is in black granite made up of a couch big enough to seat two people and a miniature plasma TV screen with a remote control.
According to the company that designed Mafela’s tombstone, it set the family back R250 000.
A spokesperson for Bataung Memorial Tombstones and LIM Funerals confirmed that having a designer tombstone comes with a hefty price because ordinary ones cost between R2 500 and R10 000.
Bataung has designed headstones for Mafela and many high profile South Africans including soccer legend John “Shoes” Moshoeu, television presenter Vuyo Mbuli and rapper Nkululeko “Flabba” Habedi who was stabbed to death by his girlfriend in March 2015.
Shoes’s headstone was also the talk of the town and came complete with a picture of him playing football.
Then there is that South African hero and car racing driver Gugu Zulu who died in 2016 while summiting Mount Kilimanjaro with a group of climbers including his wife.
His tombstone looks like a sign post of Kilimanjaro and also depict a work of his life.
Kwaito star Mandoza’s is a gold life-size statue wearing his signature is black shades and a leather jacket.
Then there was Robbie Malinga’s statue that was dogged by controversy when people criticised it for a lack of resemblance to the late music producer.
The new redesigned Robbie stands holding a music award and a piano keyboard.
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