Elab­o­rate tomb­stones fever

These state-of the-art stones range from R65 000 to R250 000

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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.


LEG­END: Shoes Moshoeu’s tomb­stone in West park ceme­tery

Sandy ‘Bra Ed­die’ Mot­sile Mok­wena’s tomb­stone

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