ARTISTES have been handed a golden opportunity which will see them getting life assurance from Nyaradzo Funeral Assurance company at subsidised rates.
Under the scheme artistes are set to get life cover ranging from $3 to $10.
Nyaradzo Life Assurance Company Bulawayo administrative clerk Bertha Chikore said the project with artistes was run under the company’s new scheme dubbed “score pack plan”.
“This is a new scheme which we unveiled late last year. Under this scheme individuals can pay between $2,90 and $9,81, but
the scheme only covers children below the age of 23 years,” she said.
“As for artistes, we are saying they also need life cover hence as Nyaradzo we are happy to partner with them to give them life assurance at subsidised rates.”
Zimbabwe Actors Equity (ZAE) president Sarah Mpofu-Sibanda, better known in entertainment circles as “Tashie”, commended the project saying it was a lifeline for artistes.
She argued that artistes lived celebrity lives, but most of them did not get decent burials due to lack of proper life assurance schemes hence the funeral parlour had come at the right time.
“Most of us are esteemed in our communities during our lifetime, but are buried like paupers when we die because of lack of proper life assurance schemes,” the actress said.
“We are therefore ready to embrace such a grand opportunity as artistes and we hope this will work out despite a myriad of problems besetting the arts industry.”
Mpofu added that as ZAE they were not compelling artistes to join the scheme against their will, but were concerned that most of the artistes did not have life cover hence they advised individual artistes to consider joining the scheme.
She also told Southern Eye Lifestyle that once they finalise modalities between Nyaradzo and artistes they will launch the scheme in Bulawayo before it is initiated in other parts of the country in a bid to make it accessible to all artistes countrywide.
“We are meeting Nyaradzo authorities on Friday, if we agree on terms and conditions we will launch the scheme in Bulawayo before we introduce it to artistes countrywide,” she said.