People in South Africa have been offering to help a newly engaged couple have the wedding of their dreams after a video of the proposal at a KFC restaurant went viral on social media.
The video shows a man kneeling on the floor and presenting a ring to his partner over dinner at a KFC restaurant.
KFC South Africa shared the video and asked for help in finding the couple.
The post was retweeted more than 13,000 times, and the hashtag #KFCProposal started trending.
Mzansi please help us find this beautiful couple, re batla ho ba blesser 😊 DM us any leads, there might be a Finger Lickin' Good surprise in it for you too. Batho ba Vaal re thuseng! We love love 😍❤️ #KFCProposal pic.twitter.com/6bj89dtj4j
— KFC South Africa (@KFCSA) November 7, 2019
One Twitter user on Friday then said he had spoken to the man in the video, named as Hector Mkansi, who said they wanted to have a wedding but he and his fiancé didn’t have the means.
I just spoke to Mr Kansi re his #KFCProposal. He’d like to have a small event to celebrate his wife but budget is tight. We need a venue, dress, suit, cake, and food. I can’t wait to MC this one.
— I AM YOUR MC! (@alphi_s) November 8, 2019
South African social media users then began donating everything needed to make their dream wedding possible – including food, outfits, entertainment and even the honeymoon.
Traditional attire: @byLeo84
We have two chefs who are willing to do the labour for free
We need a sponsor for the food https://t.co/gn8DoJzM6p
— #SidebarWithSindi (@sindivanzyl) November 8, 2019
@KFCSA I will plan, design and coordinate the wedding pro bono and collab with one of the venues, dress & suit designers I work with if the brand covers hard costs I.e flowers, food, non-alcoholic beverages 🙏🏽 Newly Engaged, when is the wedding 🤷🏽♀️#KFCProposal #PreciousThePlanner
— Precious The Planner®️ (@preciousplanner) November 8, 2019
While some of the country’s businesses have now also offered to help create an unforgettable wedding for the pair, it is ordinary South Africans that many are applauding.
Many say the story has been a reminder of the country’s sprit of Ubuntu – the notion that we exist to be in service of each other and in community with one another.
And now also a little gift from me, in true African style, here’s a joyous Xhosa chant often used to show excitement at a couple’s planned commitment and to wish them well, “Nguwo, nguwo ngumtshato!!”
— Zakes Bantwini (@ZakesBantwiniSA) November 8, 2019
— DRUM Magazine (@DrumMagazine) November 8, 2019
— kulula (@kulula) November 8, 2019
— Sun City Resort (@SunCityResortSA) November 8, 2019
I am willing to do their photography for them 😁😁 https://t.co/Ywh2pj9p97
— Austin Malema (@AustinMalema) November 8, 2019
PUMA Boyz keep doing the most #KFCProposal 🙌🏾.
— PUMA South Africa (@PUMASouthAfrica) November 8, 2019
Hey @KFCSA nothing moves us more than a story of love and as a result we would like to send the #KFCProposal couple two devices to capture all of their memorable moments. Please get Hector and Nonhlanhla to DM us. https://t.co/Etne2ulAOl
— Huawei Mobile SA (@HuaweiZA) November 8, 2019