THE couple who couldn’t afford their dream wedding recently had a wedding beyond their wildest expectations. Friends and family came to Em’ganwini Cultural Kraal, Mangweni, Mpumalanga on Saturday to see the great wedding of Thulani 32 and Condile Mbokodo 28 . Thulani told Daily Sun he entered the Win a Wedding competition ran by Boxer Super Stores to give his bride what she deserved. When Condile walked into the venue on the arm of her brother, Dumisa Ndaba, the guests got up from their gold chairs and ululated, singing: “Yintle lento, umshado lento.” She was dressed in a white lace wedding gown and a veil. Her bridesmaids were dressed in dark pink, while the groom wore a navy blue suit. Bishop Jerry Khoza told the couple when they had problems they should consult a pastor.”And those who want Thulani must make peace. He is taken,” the pastor told the guests.
After the couple exchanged rings, Thulani presented his wife with a watch. “Whenever I come back home from work, you’re always there. This is not for you to keep time. It’s a reminder that you are special in my life and I love you,” he said. There was a pink, five layer cake with blue ribbon in the bride’s favourite colours. The flowers were pink and the tables had white tablecloths with a touch of gold and blue, and bottles of champagne. A gospel band played before the DJs. The competition, offering R100 000 in prizes, has been running since 2013, and was an exclusive feature in Daily Sun.
The couple said they met in 2014 when Thulani, an accountant at a food manufacturing company, used the bus to go to work and she was a college student. “He was the first to get to the bus,” Condile said. “We didn’t speak until we started greeting. I knew he was the one, I was just waiting for him to make the first move.” It was a long wait. After a year he asked for her number. “He phoned and spoke to me the whole night and told me he loved me. Tasked him to give me some time, but I knew I was in love with him, too,” she said. They have two kids, aged four and one. Thulani paid lobola in 2017 after they had already moved in together. Condile said one morning Thulani called her from work to hear what kind of a wedding she would like. “He told me about the competition he had entered with Boxer. I started fasting and asking God for blessings and indeed God came through.”
They first got a call from Boxer saying they were finalists and then were told they were the winners. “I was shaking. People warned me it could be a scam. I’m glad they Newlyweds Thulani and Condile Mbokodo show off their rings. Photos by Morapedi Mashashe were wrong,” said Condile. “It’s a blessing that I got the wedding and the dress of my dreams. I’m very grateful.” Thulani said: “It has always been my dream to marry her but I didn’t have the money to do it the right way. I’m grateful to Boxer and Daily Sun for reaching out.” Thulani’s mum Evelyn said: “My soul is at rest. Thulani will look after her because he was raised well.” Condile’s mum Nancy said: “I know she’s very happy. The wedding was a sign that our ancestors are happy. We thank God for blessing us with Condile’s wedding. Family members from all over the country shared this day.”