The Star Newspaper said the sleepy village was transformed into a lively setting as tents were erected.
On Thursday, a huge 1 500-seater tent was placed on the Mnyakanya High School’s sports ground. Smaller tents were scattered around the village, which forms part of the Nkandla Local Municipality, in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
Florists and decorators were hard at work putting in the flooring for the VIP tent and setting up 50 VIP tables to each seat 10 people.
A Durban-based florist and décor company, Zwi’s Florist Décor, had been working flat-out for two days to make sure everything is ready in time of the wedding reception.
Where the president and his bribe will sit has been described as a “throne set-up” with chrome chairs and tables.
Special chairs have also been placed to seat the two children Zuma has had with Ngema, and the reception tent was being vamped with sound and mobile airconditioners.
The bill for the event, according to the Presidency, will be footed by Zuma himself.
At Zuma’s renovated homestead, away from the eyes of journalists, workers were also busy.
The event was due to begin this morning with a traditional wedding at the Zuma homestead. In the evening the wedding entourage will move to the nearby Mnyakanya High School for the reception.
Tomorrow, the bride will give gifts to members of the Zuma family in a tradition known as umabo.
The woman with whom the president is tying the knot is a businesswoman from Umlazi.
Although they have been engaged for a while, news of the nuptials emerged only last weekend, shortly after the president’s 70th birthday bash.
The bride-to-be has already been using the president’s name since lobola was paid.
One of the guests said no formal invitations were issued.
It was all done by word of mouth as it was supposed to have been a small, intimate affair, with no more than 150 guests.
It is understood that most of the ANC’s top leadership has been invited.
However, Cosatu’s Zwelinzima Vavi, who appeared to have a great time with Zuma at his birthday last week, will not be there.
Vavi said on Thursday: “I will be in a march against labour brokering in Flagstaff.” The Star