Melusi Dlamini didn’t let the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions stop him from honouring his cultural heritage through 21st-century technology…

Melusi Dlamini and his future bride, Tandile Mafu, met in the church choir in 2016. They began dating two years ago, and Dlamini knew she was ‘the one’.

Dlamini wanted to begin lobola negotiations, but the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa put a stop to all interprovincial travel.

“Usually for lobola negotiations, my family representatives and I would travel from KwaZulu Natal – Vryheid, all the way to where my fiancée stays in the Eastern Cape, iDutywa,” Dlamini explained to All4Women.


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Melusi Dlamini and his future bride, Tandile Mafu (Image supplied)


“But now with the pandemic at hand, and my parents being in their old age, we resorted to Zoom.”

Dlamini says that he proposed the idea to his future brother-in-law, and he agreed that Zoom would be a good way to go. “When he told his uncles and mom, it was well received,” says Dlamini.

When negotiations began, he says he was a bit nervous, but once they got underway, he relaxed. He is happy to reveal that the negotiations were very successful. His fiancée’s family gave their blessing to the couple to get married!

Dlamini and Mafu have set a hopeful date of 31 October for their big day.


Melusi Dlamini and his future bride, Tandile Mafu