Mthunzi Funeral Services Limited Scales Up Tree Planting

Karakadzai (left) symbolically making the donation Karakadzai (left) symbolically making the donation - pic by Enock Phiri

Concerned by continued deforestation, Mthunzi Funeral Services Limited, a subsidiary of Old Mutual Malawi, has taken a step-in enhancing re-afforestation in the country.

The company’ General Manager, Onesimus Karakadzai, says their work being related to use of trees to make products like coffins and caskets, there is a need to encourage communities to plant more trees to restore the environment.

He said they started such initiatives in 2021 to assist citizens to develop a culture of conserving trees and other natural resources.

“As you are aware, our core business is to bury the dead and part of the products we use are manufactured from trees. So, the tree planting ceremony today is to encourage residents to plant more trees and preserve natural resources,” said Karakadzai.

He added that in the near future the company intends to adopt some schools where it will be using school children to plant trees which will assist them to replicate that in their homes.

“You are aware that the effects and impacts of climate change are huge hence our role to bring back the environment,” said the General Manager.

He made the sentiments during the tree planting event at Naperi Graveyard in Blantyre that was attended by various community leaders including ward councilor for the area, Leonard Chimbanga and Group Village headman Zingwangwa.

Chimbanga then encouraged the people to take care of the planted trees as one way of appreciating a gesture from Mthunzi, which had donated 500 seedlings to be planted in different sites in the area.

“Let us show responsibility. I call upon all leaders to join hands in encouraging our subjects to take this initiative seriously. Look at floods and disasters that we continue to face, let us do something,” said Chimbanga.

On his part, Group village man Zingwangwa has warned people who have the tendency of cutting down trees in graveyards saying once caught the culprits will be severely punished.

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