9 June 2012

Zimbabwe: Businessman Sam Levy Laid to Rest

One of Zimbabwe's wealthiest businessman Mr Sam Levy who died on Tuesday was buried at the Jewish Cemetery at Warren Hills in Harare yesterday. Mr Levy, who owned the upmarket Sam Levy Village in Borrowdale among other businesses in Zimbabwe, died at his Avondale home on Tuesday after battling cancer.

The funeral was attended by Media, Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu, members of the Jewish community, Mr Levy's business associates and his workers.

A prayer service was held at the Sporadic Chevra Kadisha Hebrew Synagogue at the Warren Hills Cemetery before Mr Levy was laid to rest.

Minister Shamu described him as a hardworking businessman who immensely contributed to Zimbabwe at a time when most businesses were shunning the country.

"Sam Levy was a driver in our onslaught to fight illegally imposed sanctions.

"He stood by the Government and he never expounded ideas of foreigners," Minister Shamu said.

Sporadic Chevra Kadisha of Harare head (Jewish Burial Society), Mr Albert Bondi described the businessman's death as a loss not only to the Jewish community, but entire nation.

"We have lost a prominent member of our community. He did a lot for Zimbabwe and we will miss him," Mr Bondi said.

Another member of the Jewish community Mr Victor Alhadeff said prayers will be held at Mr Levy's house every evening to console his family.

Mr Tony Salthouse a tenant at Sam Levy Village described Mr Levy as an icon and honest businessman.

"We came here to pay our last respects. He was an icon, a good businessman.

"He has left behind a large legacy. We're going to miss him," said Mr Salthouse.

Mr Christopher Dingolo the operations director for Mutual Investments - who worked for Mr Levy for the past 43 years, spoke glowingly of his late boss saying he was a principled man.

"I worked with him for a long time before even he married his wife Gloria. He was a good man who did not tolerate dishonesty. He wanted people who are trustworthy," Mr Dingolo said.

He chronicled how they worked together and built his business empire from scratch.

His head driver Mr Michael Matake, described Mr Levy as a kind and loving man.

"He was so kind and used to give people food and pay school fees for their children.

"We have lost a great man who cannot be replaced," he said.

He is survived by his wife Gloria and children -Julia, Isaacs, Maurice and Raymond.

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