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Unathi & Bongani’s wedding that we covered in December was one of the biggest we have covered to date.  The wedding spanned over 4 days.  It started with a Welcome Party at the Mount Nelson in Cape Town on Thursday.  On Friday the same venue hosted the White Wedding.  On the Saturday Unathi’s family welcomed Bongani in Langa and on Sunday the celebrations moved to Paarl where Bongani’s family hosted the traditional wedding for Unathi’s family.

In this blog post, we cover the Welcome Party and the Traditional African Wedding days in Langa and Paarl.  In Part 2, which will be posted next week, we’ll cover

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Three things often stand out in African weddings: the food, the clothes, and the music or dance. Well, the Zulu, one of the largest tribes in South Africa, is no different. Songs, dancing, and an array of foods characterize Zulu traditional weddings. However, the Zulu traditional wedding attire worn by the bride and groom are the highlight of the day. Just like in modern ceremonies, Zulu couples try to look their best in colorful and vibrant traditional outfits.

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ANC warns Mboweni about SARB Twitter spat: Toe the party line

The ANC has admonished Minister of Finance and national executive committee (NEC) member Tito Mboweni for his utterances on Twitter on Tuesday evening when he, once again, expressed his frustrations relating to the role and independence of the SA Reserve Bank (SARB).

After much debate on social media, with ANC leaders wrestling each other over the tweet, the party finally spoke out, calling on Mboweni to refrain from making statements that contradict resolutions made at the party’s Nasrec elective conference.


In a statement on Wednesday, the ANC said leaders of the party were expected to appreciate the need to articulate a consistent, coherent and unifying message on policy positions.

Unfortunate public spats initiated without any form of provocation feed into the narrative of lack of policy certainty. The character of our organisation confers on the membership the authority to determine policy and to hold the leadership accountable.

“Only the national conference has the right and power to review, ratify, alter or rescind any decision taken by any of the constituent structures, committees or officials of the organisation. The constitution of the ANC enjoins only the president, as the political head, to make pronouncements for and on behalf of the NEC, outlining and explaining the policy or attitude of the ANC on any question,” national spokesperson Pule Mabe said.

In the tweet, Mboweni said the party had adopted “a wrong resolution” on the

Mabe added while all party members were entitled to take full part in policy discussions, the party’s constitution stipulated that only the president, as the political head, could make pronouncements on behalf of the NEC, the party’s highest decision-making body in between conferences.

“Any public statement by a leader of the ANC questioning the wisdom of a national conference outside formal structures has the potential to create confusion within and outside the organisation.

“We therefore encourage leaders and members of the ANC to exercise their freedom of speech within the confines of the structures and discipline of the ANC,” he said.

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Emotional next chapter for mom as ‘miracle baby’ heads to big school

Six-and-a-half-year-old Zachary Williams leaned into his mom’s hug one last time before walking up the steps to his brightly decorated class to start Grade 1 at a primary school in the Cape Town suburb of Bellville.

Lee-Anne Scullard gave Zachary a last kiss goodbye as the bell rang, and she and his granny Sheila watched him go back to the classroom.

He had already found his seat earlier, and his bag was neatly lined up.

There was a slight bottleneck at the door as parents and guardians streamed in and out, some embarrassed that they had missed the first bell in the congestion that back-to-school brings.

Zachary waited politely as a future classmate’s dad lingered at the door to make absolutely sure his son had settled in nicely.

“Say ‘excuse me, please’,” said Lee-Anne in a stage whisper, and Zachary disappeared inside to join the teacherHis favourite things to do are swimming, jumping on the trampoline (after mom banned him from jumping on her bed and invested in one), and football.

On Tuesday night, he helped mom do the last of the seemingly endless stationery labelling, and it was off to an early night.

Asked what he was looking forward to the most, he said: “Making new friends.”He knows he is special’

After her chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, she was given the all clear after a few years, and was ready for the reimplanting procedure in 2010.

The procedure was a success and, three years later, she would give birth to a son, Zachary.

To her knowledge, Lee-Anne is the first woman in South Africa to have had a child through this intervention, which is increasingly being chosen by people receiving treatment for cancer.

“He knows he is special,” said Lee-Anne lovingly.

Woman loses her leg in crash after blind date drives drunk, then he forces her to marry him to avoid jail – here’s how spousal privilege works in SA

weddingA woman who lost a leg when her blind date crashed his car says he is trying to force her to marry him by withholding cash for her medical bills so that as her husband he would escape prosecution.
The 28-year-old woman woke up in hospital with her right leg already amputated and her left leg severed shattered following the crash in the early hours of 12 October last year.

It happened just hours after Ms Ma, a Chinese woman, went on an arranged date with a suitor only known as Zhang, who reportedly took her car keys and insisted on driving her home in his car despite being intoxicated.

He crashed into traffic barriers in the middle of the road and flipped his car onto its roof. Both Ma’s legs broke in the process

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