Uk’shona Kwelanga is a uniquely produced series written by one of South Africa’s leading scriptwriters, Bongi Ndaba. Taking place entirely within WhatsApp it follows a family’s conversation in real-time, highlighting the drama families go through when preparing for a funeral, particularly when money is tight.
The drama features a number of well-known local actors such as Makgotso M from Isidingo, Bongani Madondo from Mtunzini and Shabangu and Thembi Mtshali from Stokvel, League of Glory and The Queen.
The plot follows the sudden and unexpected death of Bab’ Langa, which leaves the family shocked and saddened. When they set up a WhatsApp group to plan the funeral of the much-loved elder, tensions soon start to rise as they face financial pressure, family secrets and unanswered questions. Will they have enough money to give Bab’ Langa the funeral he deserves?
Follow the family’s conversations in real-time as they prepare funeral arrangements for the beloved head of the family. Sign up to receive the daily updates as the 7-part drama unfolds on WhatsApp.
Watch the family’s conversations, hear their voice notes and see the shared photos from 4 June as the 7-part drama unfolds on WhatsApp.Here’s how it works:
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The Langa family was not expecting such a sudden death in the family. With little money and no funeral cover, the family is extremely unprepared financially. That’s why it is important to have funeral cover, especially when finances are not easily available.
When the family begin the preparations, they become shocked at how costly a funeral can be. It’s important to be aware of these costs and be prepared for it, financially and logistically.
Siblings, Mandisa and Edward, quarrel more than usual in this difficult time. Grief can be heightened by financial stress, but having the right financial backing can help alleviate some of the emotional pressure.
When costs rise and there aren’t financial resources available, a loan can seem like an appealing solution, but debt should never be the first or only solution. A single member of the family like, Mandisa, should seldom handle all the costs.
As time runs out, the family realise that every hour of the planning counts. That’s why Sanlam My Choice funeral plans pay out most claims within 4 hours. Because there is a lot to do, in very little time.
More about the benefits you can choose:
This benefit provides a pay-out if someone you have covered on your policy dies. This could be your spouse, your children, your parents, your wider/extended family.
Premium Paid-up pays premiums on clients' behalf when the life assured reaches a certain age.
Provides transport for the deceased from a funeral home to a place of burial of choice – anywhere in South Africa. If needed it also pays for a family member to travel with the deceased and covers overnight accommodation.
If you become pregnant or unemployed, you can apply to keep your policy active for up to 12 months and not pay premiums. Your cover will be limited during this time. You can start paying again before the 12 months end. When you start paying your premium again you will still enjoy the same benefits as when your benefit started.
To keep up with the rising cost of living, you can choose to increase your premium every year to increase your cover.
If the policyholder dies before the policy anniversary after their 65th birthday the lives assured covered as at the date of death of the policyholder will continue to be covered without the payment of any premium for 6 months.
A cash back benefit will be paid out to the Policyholder for each 3-year period from the Policy Issue Date if the policy is active.
This benefit offers transport for the deceased from a funeral home to a place of burial of choice – anywhere in South Africa. It also pays for a family member to travel with the deceased and covers overnight accommodation if needed.
If you become pregnant or unemployed, you can apply to keep your policy active for up to 12 months and not pay premiums. You can start paying again before the 12 months
expire and still enjoy the same benefits as when your benefit started.
These benefits can be claimed on your death or physical impairment. If certain conditions are met, your premiums will continue to be paid and all your loved ones who are covered by your funeral plan will still be covered.
If anyone covered by the policy dies in an accident this benefit will pay an amount equal to the Funeral Cover amount.
If you or your spose die this benefit will pay a R1 000 for six months to help your beneficiaries with family expenses.
This benefit provides transport for the deceased from a funeral home to a place of burial of choice – anywhere in South Africa. It also pays for a family member to travel with the deceased and covers overnight accommodation if needed.
These benefits can be claimed on death, physical impairment, retirement or retrenchment. If certain conditions are met, your premiums will continue to be paid and all your loved ones who are covered by your funeral plan will still be covered.
Pays an amount equal to the Funeral Cover amount if one of the people covered by the policy dies in an accident.
If anyone covered by your policy dies this benefit will pay an amount of R10 000 to help you honour the memory of a loved one in a fitting way, for example a tombstone. This amount is paid with the rest of the funeral claim.
If you or your spouse die this benefit will pay R1 000 for six months to help your beneficiaries with family expenses.
Pays R1 000 towards living expenses for six months if you or your spouse dies.
Did Uk’shona Kwelanga help you realise how important it is to have the cover you need, when you need it? We can help. Fill in the form below and a Sanlam consultant will be in touch with you shortly or call 086 123 5433 and we will call you back.