This event has been stressing both me and the fiance since Jan this year, it has consumed us emotionally and financially so when the day of the event finally arrived we both could not wait until it was over. The starring role at this event goes to my mother for planning every last detail of the event, she is such a gem and unbelievably good at putting together a roaring success.

The fiance and I were also happy that some of our friends from Johannesburg took on the 8 hour drive to Esikhawini (my home kasi) to come and celebrate with us. It’s funny because we were so apprehensive about telling our friends about the event because we didn’t want them to have to travel so far for us and were really surprised when they insisted on coming as we really did not want to impose it. Had it just been our families present, we would have been more than happy and we are both so grateful and blessed to have such great people in our lives.

Thank you to Lloyd and Nicole who drove down with my mom’s 50lt pot which my fiance forgot to pack when he left for Durban, to Khetho who drove me from Northriding to the Guatrain so I could catch my flight on Thursday, to Khaya who couldn’t make the event because he was in Europe but sent us a financial contribution that we didn’t ask for that ended up making such a difference on the day, to Londi & Monde who missed their 2pm flight to Durban and were on standby until 9pm and managed to eventually fly out to Durban, to Sivu who left Johannesburg at 3am and drove right through the morning to arrive in Esikhawini at lunchtime all by himself because Andiswa was ill, to Philile who was working night shift on Friday and took a taxi on Saturday morning from Pietermaritzburg and came straight through to the event without having slept and to Nandi, Siphe, Lungi and Nqo who were the last to leave on the day of the event, sjoe!!

Thank you to our families just for being there on the day and supporting us, without them, none of it would have been possible. And now that it’s over, the madness begins again as we start planning ingqiba masondo (umbondo)…

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