Letsema Mbayi-Kwelagobe was good friends with her new husband, entrepreneur Kagiso Kwelagobe, for more than a decade before anything romantic arose between them. According to the newly-wed, she laughingly spurned his advances whenever he suggested that there might be something more going on. Her platonic attitude endured until a tipsy wine-tasting — “more like a wine drinking,” notes Letsema wryly — forced her to acknowledge that her future husband might not be wrong about their amorous potential.
Kagiso proposed to Letsema — a key account manager with a PhD in international development — on a (meticulously planned) surprise getaway to the Mount Grace Hotel in Magaliesburg. The couple celebrated their union twice: once in traditional form, at Letsema’s parents’ home in Selebi-Phikwe, and again a year later in Gabarone, in a church ceremony.