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By Alfred Moselakgomo and Bongani Mdakane in Mauritius | 2011-10-31 06:21:03.0

THE Long Beach Resort in Mauritius was a hive of activity this weekend when a South African entourage invaded the country for the lavish wedding celebration of a Limpopo property mogul.

The extravagant wedding celebration of Vharanani Properties owner David Mabilu and his long-time sweetheart, Phala Mabilu, is estimated to have cost in the region of R15-million.

The wedding, which was held at the Long Beach Resort, attracted a large contigent of celebrities, such as Sonia Sedibe, ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, Bobby Motaung, Prosper Mkwaiwa and his on-and-off wife Tina, kwaito musician Eugene Mthethwa and Judith Sephuma, among others.

Mabilu's invited guests came in numbers to witness the lovely couple exchanging vows at the hotel that is situated on the beach.

The couple's wedding was blessed by Reverend Sello Mohale of the Methodist Church of SA.

Wedding planner Sophie Ndaba made sure the ceremony looked fabulous and stylish. She also brought along celebrity make-up artist Nthato Mashishi.

Mabilu, who was born into a poor family in Tshiawelo, Soweto, met his other half 13 years ago in Polokwane. They have been inseparable since.

The couple have three children. Stringent African tradition was followed in facilitating the marriage.

Guests danced nonstop to DJs such as Mahoota, Oskido, Christos, Vinny Da Vinci, Black Coffee and others, alongside Mafikizolo, Jaziel Brothers and Tshepo Mngoma, with his string trio.

Mabilu booked 90% of the plush Belle Mare Plage for his guests. But the most expensive room was Malema's - rated at R14,784 a night.

Speaking at the reception, Mabilu - who emerged from humble backgrounds - thanked the wedding organisers and Long Beach management for the "great arrangements" they had made to make his wedding "one of the best in the world".

He also told the crowd how his aunt Salina had struggled to raise him and his five siblings after their parents died when he was still a young boy; and "worked as a cashier at Pep and ensured that we ate and went to school".

- Alfred Moselakgomo and Bongani Mdakane were in Mauritius as guests of the celebrants.

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