Doves revels in glory

HARARE - Funeral services group, Doves Holdings, has been recognised by the Marketers Association of Zimbabwe (Maz) and the Zimbabwe Business Awards for its sterling performance in the country’s funeral industry.

The company, which was founded in 1902, was voted first runner-up in the Maz SuperBrands 2017 awards and was a winner in the Zimbabwe Business Awards funder services category while the group's chief executive Talent Maziwisa won the Businessman of the Year accolade in the funeral industry.

“As you are aware, the trading conditions in Zimbabwe have been extremely tough this past year but we managed to keep our promise to our clients regardless,” Maziwisa said.

“As Doves we have a heritage of exceptional service driven by a team of dedicated and committed staff, so I am deeply humbled to receive this award on their behalf.

“This award reaffirms our position in the market as a brand that has stood the test of time and is still going strong 115 years later," he added.

The company comprises four strategic  business units specialising in the provision of funeral services and funeral assurance products nationwide and globally.

Doves also boasts of the country’s  two major giants in coffins and caskets manufacturing, in both solid wood and steel.

Apart from being the preferred funeral service provider for State funerals, Doves has risen to be the unparalleled leader in the funeral services industry in Zimbabwe and the sub-Saharan region.

The leading funeral services group, which recently constructed a $2 million state-of-the-art-funeral parlour in Beitbridge, recorded a 26 percent increase in the net premium written in the second quarter 2017 to $8,4 million compared to $6 683 million recorded in the same period last year, according to figures from the Insurance and Pensions Commission.

The company also recorded a 53 percent  increase in recurring premiums from corporate business to $7,24 million to March this year from $4,73 million in June 2016, while individual life recurring business was $1,08 million in June 2017 up 52 percent from $714 000 in the same period last year.