The Neighbour Funeral Group Scheme was established in 2017, initially as an affordable funeral product for the working class and the Christian communities of Southern Africa. Over the years, it has grown into a fully-fledged funeral scheme servicing close to 80 000 members across the length and breadth of South Africa, ensuring that the loved ones of the working class are buried with dignity.

By tapping into the spirit of “neighbourliness” – a common practice in African communities dating back to many centuries ago – Neighbour brings comfort to millions of the working class by providing financial security at the time of loss of their loved ones.

With its origins as a funeral scheme of one of the largest Pension Funds in Southern Africa, Neighbour has spread its wings to the broader working class in Southern Africa, spanning South Africa, Lesotho and Mozambique. Neighbour is administered by Akani Retirement Fund Administrators and underwritten by Old Mutual.

Why choose Neighbour?

We are passionate about what we do. We are like your trusted neighbour who is always there for you in your time of need. We will help you to plan ahead to make it easier to for you to deal with a loss of a loved one or your loved ones should you depart. We want to help you to protect yourself and your family with an affordable funeral cover.


Zamani Letjane

Zamani Letjane

Founder & Managing Director
A serial entrepreneur with more than 30 years in the insurance and retirement administration business, Zamani is one of the founding directors of Neighbour after he identified a gap in the working class and Christian community market.

He is also the Founder and Managing Director of Akani Retirement Fund Administrators, the administrators of Neighbour. He is a certified “fit and proper” person and registered with the Financial Sector Conduct Authority.
Jack Malebane

Jack Malebane

Marketing Director
A veteran marketer and communicator with more than 30 years in the retirement fund administration industry. He is a certified “fit and proper” person and registered with the Financial Sector Conducts Authority.