As the nation mourns the death of five of Charma gal’s dancers, Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU), has decided to introduce life cover for musicians and dancers.
Mourners on Thursday gathered in Gaborone Civic Centre to offer condolences following the tragic death of five of the dancers aged between 24 and 39.
The youthful dancers passed away last week Sunday along the Kang-Gantsi road.
Kgakgamatso Mastokane Konti, who hails from Molepolole and Phemelo Kazuzu Jakobis from Hukuntsi had worked with Charma gal before the group split from Culture Spears.
Other deceased dancers are Mercy Mafoko from Mankgodi, Onalenna Thebeetsile from Francistown and Capril Dikoko from DRC.
The four dancers, Jakobis, Konti, Mafoko and Thebeetsile will be laid to rest on Sunday while DRC national, Dikoko, will be laid to rest in Mogoditshane on a date to be announced.
Speaking to The Voice, BOMU Secretary, Pegson Ntsie, said the organisation intends to dispatch delegates to attend all burials of the departed dancers.
Ntsie also said they would reactivate the Union’s idea of a funeral cover for local artistes. “We had a funeral cover agreement with FSG which artists never embraced,” said Ntsie.
He said the Union would soon revisit insurance companies to negotiate a funeral cover scheme for artists and dancers, to address any further unfortunate incidents in their line of work.