Pumela Salela and Sobantu Tilayi met over a working breakfast and soon realised they do not want to be apart.
Pumela earned an MBA with distinction through a Nelson Mandela Scholarship and was voted one of the Top 40 young leaders and job creators in SA. Sobantu is an Engineer who tirelessly visits other countries to champion the opportunities in our marine economy. The couple arranged a wedding when their travel schedules saw them only meet every other week.
Organization is Pumela’s strong suit and she and Erna Swart knocked it out of the park. Two weeks after they met, Sobantu invited Pumela to South Africa for a Strategy Session on their relationship. They listed short, medium and long term goals - including asking Pumela’s parents for her hand in marriage - as well as lobola negotiations.
If the couple were sold on each other – the families were too. When Pumela met Sobantu’s family, his sister ‘Nkqunkqu’ broke the ice by telling Pumela they’d already Googled her! Pumela’s fun and highly spiritual nature set the tone for the celebrations of a couple who’ve earned the right to party.