'Thank you, South Africa', says KFC couple as they prepare for second wedding

11 November 2019 - 13:36 By Karabo Ledwaba
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South Africa’s favourite couple has spoken out for the first time since their proposal video at fast food outlet KFC went viral. 

Hector Mkansi and Nonhlanhla Soldaat who officially got married in 2012 have been receiving pledges from brands across SA  to help fund their wedding after their heartwarming video broke the internet.

However this will not be the couple's first matrimonial service. According to the groom the upcoming ceremony will be their second.

Explaining the timeline of events, the groom had this to say:

  • They met and fell in love in 2010
  • In 2011, the lobola negotiations began
  • In 2012 they got married in a ceremony
  • Lived together till last year 2018 then took out remainder of lobola money.
  • Pressure from the church led to them having a formal wedding but not quite what they had envisioned.
  • Groom bought her rings but wasn’t quite satisfied with them
  • "I don’t work so I didn’t have enough cash to give wife Nonhlanhla a befitting wedding/jewellery but wanted to do something small"
  • Skip to this week, "I decided to come to KFC to give her a small surprise with a meal"
  • "Didn’t tell family anything; wanted it to be a complete surprise with everyone"
  • "Team members at KFC helped to bring food with ring. Then I went on my knees with everyone surrounding us"
  • Nonhlanhla (bride): I was totally surprised by the paper wrapped ring/s

In a statement released to SowetanLIVE, the love birds who got engaged on Wednesday say they are overwhelmed by the support and would like privacy while they process the day's events.

“Thank you South Africa. Your kindness has truly warmed us. We would have never imagined that our love story would have touched so many of you. While we appreciate the support, we ask that you please give us a moment to take it all in. We will definitely let you know about our plans around the wedding,” they said.

Ngiyabonga Jehova ukungenza ngibe ubaba wamampela kulomndeni ongiphe wona hlala nathi kuzekube phakathi naphakathi amen and amen #lovely family

Posted by Hector David Mkansi on Friday, January 18, 2019

Brands such as Coca Cola, Kulula, Sun City Resort, Siwela Wines, Castle Lite, Audi, Tsogo Sun, Puma, and Huawei have pledged gifts to make their wedding day special.

Meanwhile, celebrities and personalities such as DJ Fresh, Ami Faku, Precious the Planner, Zakes Bantwini and Donald have offered their talents to make their wedding day sweeter. 

A couple seen getting engaged in a KFC vaal outlet on November 6 2019 has gone viral. KFC is on a mission to find the couple and has asked Mzansi and residents in Vaal area to help them in their search. In the video posted on Twitter, a man is seen kneeling down in front of the woman, who seems surprised and overwhelmed. The proposal was done in full view of KFC patrons.

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