Fanie Fourie's Lobola
  • You can now buy a legally binding ‘lobola agreement’ at various Shoprite and USave stores nationwide.
  • The Lobola Negotiations Agreement for Marriage document is legit and costs R99.
  • The document gives the bride and groom power over the negotiation processes.
  • It is the brainchild of businessman, Jabulani Mahlangu, who felt it imperative that lobola negotiation information be recorded accurately.
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A legally binding ‘lobola agreement’ is now available at various Shoprite and USave stores across the country for R99.

The Lobola Negotiations Agreement for Marriage document is the brainchild of businessman, Jabulani Mahlangu. The document is in partnership with Hortors Stationery which manufactures and supplies legal publications, forms, books and notices.

Mahlangu, who has an accounting background and hails from Sharpeville, South of Johannesburg, came up with the idea after sitting through various family lobola negotiations. He was usually tasked with taking down minutes of the negotiations.

"This is of great importance to our culture that we can't afford to have any information bungled up," he says. "What is agreed upon during lobola negotiations has legal repercussions, so it is important that all information be recorded accurately."

How it works.

The form consists of four sections. The first requires the names and contact information of all parties concerned from both the bride and the groom's side.

Fanie Fourie's Lobola
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The second page notes the full names and identity details of the bride and groom. It is imperative that full details of the bride and groom be recorded.

Lobola Agreement
It is imperative that full details of the bride and groom be recorded says Lobola Agreement founder, Jabulani Mahlangu

"In many instances, people noting minutes will only write the first name of the bride and groom leaving out information that can verify their identities."

It also gives the bride and groom power over the negotiation processes as they authorise the people representing them.

Both parties are also required to note gifts exchanged.

"We always complain as Africans that our culture is dying, but we don't document our practices properly, this is a step in the right direction" says Mahlangu.

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