South Africans and other corporate organizations in the country have been pledging to sponsor the wedding of a man who proposed to his girlfriend at a KFC outlet in South Africa.
Corporates including KFCSA, Total South Africa, various entertainers and well-wishers are clamouring to sponsor Bhut’ Hector and his bride Nonhlanhla’s wedding.
A heartwarming video of the proposal went viral on social media, which spurred the fast food chain to start a nationwide search for the couple to “bless” them.
The search was widely supported by other entities including Cricket South Africa, retail giant Pick n Pay, and social media users. In less than 24 hours KFCSA revealed they found the couple, identified as Bhut’ Hector Kansi and Nonhlanhla.
Announcing the news KFCSA wrote in a tweet:
“South Africa, you guys are amazing! We’ve found the beautiful couple, and looks like we’re having a #StreetwiseWedding y’all
We’re meeting Bhut’ Hector and his lovely bride Nonhlanhla we’ll keep you posted. #KFCProposal”.
A 37 seconds video of the proposal posted by KFCSA on Twitter has continued to garner interest with more than 674,000 views by Friday noon.
Soon strangers started offering to help plan the big day, including accommodation for their honeymoon and performances at the ceremony.
“I want to offer my performance at the wedding for free… I love love,” tweeted popular singer-songwriter Zakes Bantwini.
Then companies started throwing in gifts.
“These honeymoon destinations look far. Someone needs to drive them there. We got you,” tweeted South Africa’s official Audi account.
“We would love to make their union even more special by offering them a two-page spread in our magazine so they can tell their beautiful love story!” tweeted DRUM magazine.
Offers of everything from beer to cooking pots to sportswear streamed in on Friday, along with thousands of RAND worth of donations.
Kateka Malobola, a passer-by who filmed the proposal and uploaded it to social media, spoke of his glee following the huge reaction from South Africans.
“I took the video and sent it to a group that I’ve got on my WhatsApp to say ‘check this out!’ and I put it on Facebook and put it on Instagram, and then boom!” he said in a follow-up video.