than the mean monthly earnings of African men suggests that economic status may be particularly important in identifying the marriageable pool of African men.”
Between 2010 and 2011, there has been a 49.1% decline in customary marriages in South Africa, which can be attributed to the lack of economically viable African men. By contrast, “there is only weak evidence to link the marriageability of white men according to their economic status to the probability of marriage among young white women.”
“In South Africa today, African adults are far less likely to be married than they are to be unmarried. In contrast, the majority of white adults in the same age cohort are married,” they say.
“A distinguishing characteristic of African marriages – the custom of ilobolo, and in particular the way this custom is currently practiced – may be an important explanation for these racial differences in marriage rates.”
They argue that the commercialisation of the practice of lobola, where cash is paid to the bride’s family in a lump sum before the wedding, instead of the traditional payment of cows, could also play a role.
“I l obolo i s widely supported and respected as a custom, but high ilobolo payments, in a addition to the other costs associated with a wedding, mean that marriage is not an affordable option for many African couple couples.”
However, t the steady decline in marriage does not mean that we are a loveless nation, with many ma young couples choosing cohabitation (k (known as vat en sit in some African culture cultures) over marriage as a more affordable way to love.
South African Afric grooms have to work much harder to be marriage material, but at least we wan want them when they are. Perhaps their Ame American counterparts should
turn their attention atte to our shores. * Ilobolo Ilob is the Zulu term for this cust custom. The anglicised form is “lob “lobola”.