NATIONAL – National Marriage Week will be celebrated countrywide for the very first time in South Africa from 1-7 September 2013.
This initiative, which is a joint venture of INTIEM magazine, ULSANIC, Intimacy4Us and the magazine I do, was created for couples who are willing to celebrate their marriage and take ownership and control over it once more.
Celebrity couples have also joined in the fun and are promoting the concept as they too stand up for marriages and celebrate its importance in our society. Some of our most celebrated celebs in the entertainment industry together with their spouses had great fun during the July promotional photo shoot. These well-known ambassadors are each passionate about their involvement!
Top-class actor, Jerry Mafokeng of Cry, The Beloved Country fame has been married to his wife, Claudine for 33 years and said, being married provides stability, companionship and identity. “I am one of those people who just cannot stand loneliness. Marriage gives you the opportunity to come home to where you are loved, understood and supported. It is a feeling of ‘belonging’…”
Another actor, song writer and videographer, Denvor and his wife Michelle Pokaners say: “ We laugh often, we cry often and we’ve eaten many bags of salt together.”
Afrikaans singing sensation, Pieter Koen’s wife, Lotie finds that the challenges they are faced with, makes their marriage exciting. “Although we sometimes fight, making up is so much nicer.”
Wilhelm, husband of Lynné de Jager (Mrs South Africa 2012), says it is very nice to have his best friend with him the whole time. And Leslee Neshehe, wife of the soapie actor Mutodi, says: “The nicest part of being married to Mutodi is that he makes me laugh the whole time. We have lots of fun.”
The actors Altus Theart and Zetske van Pletzen’s dreams for their marriage include “to chase each other around in our wheelchairs at the old age home when we are old”, and Nico and Liezel van der Merwe (managing editor of INTIEM) feel that marriage is a safe harbour. “We refer to our marriage as our love nest and we are there for each other when the world out there gets wild.”
Those ambassadors, as well as well-known celebrities such as Jakkie and Anel Louw, Joe and Ivana Manza, Liesel Krause-Wiid and Siebert, Mapaseke and Thabo Mokale, Schalk and Mandi Baard, Jak de Priester and Michelle, Mapaseka and Thabo Mokwele, Heinz and Alette Winckler, Queenie and Mio Khondleka, and Lloyd and Janice Cele are all actively participating in Marriage Week. They don’t hesitate to proclaim that, although marriage requires work, it is still one of the most rewarding relationships that you will ever have with another person.
Readers who wish to participate in National Marriage Week, may register on http://www.mymarriage.co.za/ . It is free and you will receive the following benefits:
- Receive a daily marriage action plan in your inbox 1-7 September
- You will receive social media icons you can use on Facebook daily to show that you are ambassadors for Marriage Week.
- You will receive press releases that you can send to your local newspaper in order to create awareness for the campaign.
- Download posters that you can give to your church and community to create awareness.
- Receive a digital certificate to confirm that you were part of Marriage Week.
- You will get access to a list of professional counsellors nationwide.
- You receive a free digital booklet containing marriage tips.