Wedding bells for golden oldies

By Drum Digital
16 February 2011

KUGUG’ othandayo! So it’s true you’re never, ever too old to walk down the aisle. The two Soweto oldies have proved that beyond any doubt. After more than two decades apart, Joyce Dlamini (64) and Dan Tshama (65) finally said, “I do” in front of hundreds of well-wishers, their grandchildren and even a cabinet minister! Their story was published in DRUM (Together at last, 3 February), when they told us how their long-lost love had been rekindled by sheer chance when they both found themselves in the Soweto Home for the Aged. Then they announced they would be marrying on Valentine’s Day, and that is exactly what they did.

The wedding ceremony was held at the home, transforming the normally quiet place into a kaleidoscope of colour and activity.

Nurses dumped their uniforms and, like the residents, brought out colourful African wear, while the bridal couple looked stunning in their classic, elegant gear: Dan in a dashing black suit and Joyce in her white full-length dress and veil sponsored by a good Samaritan, Noluthando Gosa of Midrand. Local ward councillor Bongani “Wire” Zondi sponsored Dan with a new pair of shoes. And there to officiate the ceremony for the dashing couple was Rev McAubrey Somthunzi of the Zoé Bible Church.

Dan and Joyce first met in the early ’80s when Dan had just survived a brutal attack that left him blind.

Read the article in the Drum of 24 February 2011 – and share your views below.

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