Ndu’s two hearts

Gontse and Ndu­miso are get­ting mar­ried – but they’re invit­ing trou­ble into their hap­pily-ever-af­ter.

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A baby and far too many break-ups later, Gontse and Ndu­miso (Khany­isile Zwane and Andile Sit­hole) are get­ting mar­ried on Thurs­day 20 Oc­to­ber and Friday 21 Oc­to­ber – de­spite all that Gontse’s bick­er­ing par­ents Abel and Glo­ria (Mandla Shongwe and Mar­jorie Langa) or Ndu’s exfling Phindi (Pretty Ncayiyana) throw in their path. “Gontse’s put her foot down with Glo­ria and Abel, so they ac­tu­ally be­have them­selves,” laughs Khany­isile.

IT’S TRA­DI­TION

Ndu and Gontse are proud of their res- pec­tive isiZulu and Se­sotho her­itages, but we won’t get to see their tra­di­tional cer­e­monies for this wed­ding. “There is a sep­a­rate cer­e­mony. The wed­ding party trav­els to KwaZu­luNatal, Ndu­miso’s home, to per­form the tra­di­tional rites. This, how­ever, hap­pens off-screen as the event takes place over a week­end,” ex­plains Bafana Khu­malo, Scan­dal!’s story co- or­di­na­tor. “Af­ter the cer­e­mony, we see a photo of Gontse in her tra­di­tional isiZulu bride dress, the isid­waba. Glo­ria, who is ex­pect­ing that as the mother of the bride she’s go­ing to be at the cen­tre of the tra­di­tional isiZulu wed­ding, is deeply of­fended when she dis­cov­ers that she has to stay be­hind and won’t be go­ing to KZN.” The pro­duc­tion cost for the wed­ding was R100 000. But don’t cry, brides – you’d only bud­get that if you had to pay each of your guests to at­tend for two days, as well as hiring an en­tire film crew to fol­low you around in­side a TV stu­dio. Whew! “Al­ways shop around to get best of­fer and ser­vice. Less is some­times more,” ad­vises line pro­ducer Natalie Prinsloo.

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