South African Athletics

Comrades champion to tie the knot

2015-06-15 09:37
Gift Kelehe (Lloyd Burnard)

Cape Town - Just two weeks into his 90th Comrades Marathon victory celebrations, Gift Kelehe has announced his imminent marriage to local Pietermaritzburg lass, Nombuso Maphanga.

Kelehe runs for Samancor Running Club and is a member of the SAPS Tactical Unit in North West Province. Kelehe and his brother Andrew Kelehe, made headlines this year, after they became the first two brothers in Comrades history to win The Ultimate Human Race, after Andrew's epic win in 2001.

Gift Kelehe, a 39-year-old police officer, met his wife-to-be at the SAPS Mankwe Training Academy in Rustenberg during a training course in 2012.

Gift says, ‘When I met Nombuso for the first time at Mankwe, I knew then and there that this beautiful lady will become my wife one day. I am glad that this day has arrived.’

Nombuso, 31, who is also a police officer, hails from Esigodini in Pietermaritzburg. The traditional wedding celebrations will take place in the Esigodini community next Saturday.

Gift says, ‘As per our culture and tradition, we have invited our friends, family and the community to celebrate this special moment with us.’

Comrades Marathon Association chairperson, Macdonald Chitja says, ‘On behalf of the CMA Board and the greater Comrades family, I would like to wish Gift and Nombuso a happily married life. This is a special time for the Kelehe family. Gift has a lot to celebrate and we congratulate him on his amazing achievements.’

Samancor Running Club Manager, John Hamlett has praised Gift, saying, ‘It’s a double celebration for our 2015 Comrades Champ. Gift has worked extremely hard and diligently to achieve his dreams and the team is incredibly proud of him. We wish him and Nombuso the very best in their future together.’

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