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Government Provides Esigodini Veld Fire Victims With Bereavement Package

The ten men who perished in a veld fire event in Umzingwane District last year will receive assistance, according to the government through the Environmental Management Agency (EMA).

A bereavement package, which includes an education fund to pay for the children of the dead to attend school, will be given to the affected families.

The fire survivor Mhlaliswa Ngwenya will also be given a US$1000 gratitude gift.

Environment, climate, tourism, and hospitality industry minister Mangaliso Ndlovu made the following remarks in a speech delivered on his behalf by Environmental Management Agency board chairman Ambassador Zenzo Nsimbi:

The death of the 10 men was a loss not only to their immediate families but to the entire nation. Such a loss is not felt by the immediate families only but by the entire nation.

This relief involves payment of a once-off condolence token to the next of kin for the three victims without spouses and children, payment of a once-off bereavement relief to the surviving spouses of seven victims, and payment of a once-off token of appreciation to the sole survivor of the fire disaster.

The ten people died at a farm known as Lot 43 of Essexvale, near Falcon College, while trying to put out a raging veldt fire.

Veld fires are a significant problem in Zimbabwe, particularly during the dry season between May and October.

They are are often caused by human activity, such as improper disposal of cigarette butts or burning of fields for agricultural purposes.

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