MALUSI GIGABA GETS HITCHED
As if the strains of Bette Midler’s hit Wind Beneath My Wings weren’t enough to get newlyweds Malusi Gigaba and Nomachule Mngoma to their reception tent, Durban pulled out a cheeky southwester yesterday to help things along. And the bride had a smile that said it all. One of the country’s top designers, Gavin Rajah, who was roped in to conceptualise the event, said the couple wanted their wedding at the Durban Botanic Gardens to be beautiful but “not in your face”.
“I’m thrilled the event looked gorgeous. It’s also great that my client was thrilled and that I delivered their wish. I approach all my designs the same way. The client had an idea and I followed through with my own version,” he said.
Rajah has been working on the wedding since May, and said the couple were very easy to work with.
“They wanted to feel the love and they wanted their guests to feel the love. I think we pulled it off.”
Mngoma’s wedding gown and 6-metre veil were designed by David Tlale.
“It’s a traditionally styled wedding gown taken through the ages to where we are today. It’s a boob-tube dress, and French lace, silks and satins were used,” Tlale said.
Designer Patrick Lusala, who hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo and is based at La Rue boutique in Sandton, designed the groom’s dapper suit.
Gigaba opted for a tailored, Veste en Coupe Lapien-cut coat with an oatmeal waistcoat and coordinating tie. The black formal tailcoat featured a curved end, while Gigaba added colour with charcoal longs and nut-brown Derbie lace-ups.
In attendance were celebrities, socialites and politicians, including ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa and his wife, Zama; Deputy Minister of Agriculture Bheki Cele, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe; and businessman Vivian Reddy and his actress wife, Sorisha Naidoo. Arts Minister Nathi Mthethwa, businesswoman Basetsana Kumalo and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula were also there.
Photographers scrambled to get pictures of the bride as she made her entrance to the gardens in a pearl-white Bentley, decked with white garlands and sporting the number plate “The Bride”.
LUCKY IN LOVE
Malusi Gigaba and wife, Nomachule, just after they were married at the Durban Botanic Gardens