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Feminist journalist mocks man for proposing his bride at KFC, dozens of companies and individuals organise a grand wedding for them on Twitter

Now a grand wedding for the couple is being planned, with all expenses and arrangement taken care of by big and small corporates, and generous individuals.

Proving the power of Twitter, supports poured all over from corporates and individuals for a couple after journalist mocked a man for proposing a woman at a KFC restaurant. Now a grand wedding for the couple is being planned, with all expenses and arrangement taken care of by big and small corporates, and generous individuals.

On 7th November, KFC South Africa posted a video on microblogging site Twitter with a video showing that a man was proposing to a woman at one of its restaurants. The official Twitter handle asked Mzansi (South Africans) to help locate the couple, saying they want to bless the couple, adding that there might be a surprise for the person providing the information too. They used the hashtag #KFCProposal in the tweet.

A Twitter user named Anele, whose bio identifies her as a journalist and feminist, didn’t like the idea of proposing in an ‘unromantic’ place like a KFC. She quote tweeted the KFC SA tweet saying “SA men are so broke they even propose at KFC. They have absolutely no class, I mean who proposed at KFC.”


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Little did she know that her mocking the man will turn out to be a big blessing for the couple, as soon people started criticising her for tweet, with the #KFCProposal hashtag. Soon big brands decided to use the opportunity of a trending hashtag, and they came up with gifts for the couple.

Just a day later, after the KFC tweet was retweeted thousands of times including South Africa Cricket, the couple was located. On November 8, KFC SA tweeted that they have located the couple, and the company is organising a Stree Wise Wedding for Bhut Hector and his lovely bride Nonhlanhla.

After this, a person tweeted that he has spoken to the man, and informed that he wants a small event to celebrate his wife but his budget is tight. He said that they need a venue, dress, suit, cake, and food.

Soon after this, offers of gifts started pouring for the wedding on Twitter. Items like clothing, jewellery, footwear and other accessories, gift vouchers, honeymoon packages, food and beverages, expensive liquor, TVs, Mobile phones and other electronic items, phone and TV services, wedding dresses and suits, various services for the wedding, cash donations, everything are being sponsored by various companies.

The owner of a jewellery company named Billdore Jewellers offered to gift two rings worth R45000 (around ₹2.15 lakhs) for the bride and the groom. He is offering rose gold rings with diamonds.

Finance company Capfin offered R50,000 for the couple’s wedding.

Coca Cola, a rival of KFC’s former owner Pepsi, sponsored the soft drinks for the wedding. Even KFC’s rivals also chipped in with contributions.

The most expensive gift so far has come from Standard Bank, with promise to clear a personal loan upto Rand 300,000 (around ₹14.35 lakhs) for the couple.

Nedbank, another bank, offered to waive the start-up costs when the couple buy a house, they also promised home loan at a preferential rate and R20,000 extra.

Capital Hotels offered to host the wedding at one of its hotels.

De Pecan Valley, a wedding venue, also offered to host the wedding, if no one has offered the same yet.

It is not that companies are just gifting for the wedding and honeymoon, a diaper company went ahead and promised to take care of honeymoon results.

Some more notable gifts are given below.

Some Twitter users are meticulously recording the gifts pledged by companies and individuals, one such list can be seen in the tweet attached below.

As for the couple, they are actually already married, and they were planning a second marriage. They had an informal wedding in 2012, and has been staying together. But there were pressures from the church to have a formal wedding, but they could not organise for lack of budget, and Hector was unable to afford a satisfactory ring for his bride. Finally, he bought a ring and proposed his wife at the KFC with the help of staff of the restaurant.

The video of the proposal was captured by a passer-by Kateka Malobola, and shared it on WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram. From there the video had reached KFC South Africa. Apart from winning a voucher from KFC, he was also given gifts by various companies for shooting the video.

The couple thanked the people of Sought Africa for the overwhelming support they have received. “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 in a Facebook post.

And for the person who started it all by mocking the couple, Anele has protected her Twitter account.

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