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Paul Kapelus is a 2008 Tutu Fellow, a social anthropologist and a Director at Synergy Global Consulting

A lobola ceremony in the leafy suburbs of Johannesburg

A lobola ceremony in the leafy suburbs of Johannesburg

What happens when a man from Pretoria, part Afrikaans and part English heritage, decides to marry a woman from Soweto with Pedi heritage?

Well, the first thing they decide is to go through a mahadi ceremony, where lobola is negotiated and agreed. They accept that this is an important process to honour. It brings the two families together in a way that builds resilience for their relationship as a married couple.

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