Presenter Phindi celebrates two-part SA-UK wedding

2014-10-21 00:00

DURBAN media personality Phindi Gule is counting down the days until she says “I do” to Kevin Burley.

The couple blessed their upcoming nuptials in an intimate ceremony in Luton, north of London, last Sunday.

The ceremony was held in a castle with only 50 of the couple’s closest friends and family — some of whom will not be able to attend the wedding in South Africa.

Gule is the former station manager at VumaFM, was a presenter on Metro FM, East Coast Radio and Gagasi, and recently presented the National Geographic’s World’s Smart Cities documentary on Durban.

On Saturday Gule will walk down the aisle in front of 200 close friends and family at a private venue in Johannesburg.

She would not reveal anything about her pre-wedding function but told The Witness that last Sunday was a special day for the couple.

Gule said: “White weddings happen all the time in the UK and I wanted to show them how Zulus do it.”

She wore a western-inspired dress with a hint of traditional African print while Burley wore a white Dashiki shirt with African print on the collar. Her bridesmaids, Karen and Chloe Thompson, wore pink Dashiki print dresses.

Gule’s 77-year-old mother did not attend the ceremony because of strict doctor’s orders not to fly, but she will be among 200 attending Saturday’s do.

“I can’t wait, Kevin is my best friend. Everyone knows that I am either alone or with him. I do everything with him,” Gule said.

So how did Gule meet Burley, who works in the hospitality industry?

“We met a while ago in Johannesburg and we immediately became friends. He ran the Comrades Marathon and I used to cheer him on along the sidelines and I got tired of cheering him on so he encouraged me to run,” she said.

Eight months later, she ran the Comrades Marathon.

Gule is a true reflection of South African cultures. Her biological father, who died when she was three, was Swati, her mother is Pedi and her late stepfather was Pedi and her grandmother from her father’s side spoke Xhosa.

When it comes to culture the couple have found a way of meeting each other halfway, Gule said.

“English people are strict about time and I rock up at African time so I have learnt to be punctual. Sometimes I get tired of speaking English but Kevin has embraced my culture and my family and I have done the same with his.”

She said she was looking forward to being a wife.

“I am going to look after him, make sure he looks presentable for work and also make a positive contribution to his life. I am looking forward to getting to know his family better,” said Gule.

The couple will be settling in Durban.

• amanda.khoza@witness.co.za

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