WEDDING BELLS FOR PRINCESS

Royalty: Queen Mantombi Zulu and Princess Bukhosi Zulu at the Ukucimela event in North West. PHOTO: Pic: ELISHA MOLEFE. 12/07/2009. © Sowetan.
Royalty: Queen Mantombi Zulu and Princess Bukhosi Zulu at the Ukucimela event in North West. PHOTO: Pic: ELISHA MOLEFE. 12/07/2009. © Sowetan.

THE BAKGATLA-BA-KGAFELA tribe at Moruleng in North West held a colourful Ukucimela (send-off ceremony) in honour of a Zulu princess yesterday.

THE BAKGATLA-BA-KGAFELA tribe at Moruleng in North West held a colourful Ukucimela (send-off ceremony) in honour of a Zulu princess yesterday.

Princess Bukhosibemvelo Zulu, daughter of King Goodwill Zwelithini Zulu, is due to wed well-known local businessman Sipho Nyawo in August.

Kgosi Nyalala Pilane, the chief of the Bakgatla-Ba- Kgafela, said closer ties with the Zulu community would enable his tribe to learn from their experiences with local economic development.

Presently 350 000 members of Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela have embarked on numerous projects, including media courses and event management, initiated by the royal house.

Pilane said: "This was a unique opportunity for the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela to strength ties with the Zulu community and to take pride in our rich tradition."

Prince Lungelo Zulu said the ceremony was something which should have been performed a long time ago.

"It is a soul experience, the bonding is fulfilling and informative and builds a united and free South Africa."

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