TV presenter Minnie Dlamini and her photographer fiancé Quinton Jones have apparently sold their wedding rights to MultiChoice for a whopping R6-million.
As if that was not enough, Dlamini is also said to have scored a lucrative sponsorship deal for the couple’s engagement and wedding rings, as well as other jewellery items from Sandton’s top jewellery designer, Jenna Clifford.
Dlamini had been keeping scores of her fans on social media well-informed about her wedding, even disclosing that she was planning it herself.
The wedding is scheduled for September and would be covered live on one of M-Net’s channels on DStv.
Sunday World has learnt that the couple approached MultiChoice executive Nkateko Mabaso early this year with a proposal to get the Randburg-based pay TV channel to acquire exclusive rights to their wedding.
It is understood their proposal, including a special show to be called Minnie’s Wedding Special, was approved.
In addition, Dlamini and Jones’s production company will be in charge of producing the show – from preparations to the traditional wedding and the final day of the white wedding.
According to their friends, the duo demanded R6-million in total, with R3-million going into production and the other half into the sale of the exclusive rights.
Lesley McKnight of Jenna Clifford Jewellers confirmed that they have already been interviewed for the TV programme as the designers of the wedding ring and jewellery.
“She will be wearing our jewellery on the wedding day and we are currently designing her wedding ring.”
Dlamini’s publicist Sarit Tomlinson from Capacity Relations confirmed that her client was in discussions with MultiChoice over the rights to her wedding.
“We are currently in discussions with a lot of people for partnerships on the wedding. The discussions with MultiChoice are still ongoing and nothing has been signed yet.”
Asked about the R6-million price tag, Tomlinson said the figure for the wedding rights has not been finalised.
Tomlinson also confirmed that Dlamini’s jewellery was designed by Jenna Clifford, but disputed that the engagement ring was also part of the sponsorship. “It was not a sponsorship, Quinton paid for it and it was very expensive.”
She said Dlamini’s production company will be involved in the production of the proposed wedding show.
Jones’s phone was answered by Dlamini, who put it down after she was told about the story.
M-Net’s head of communications Nondumiso Mabece said: “We have been in talks with Minnie Dlamini around a wedding special. We are not paying for the said wedding. Further details around the show’s content and broadcast details are yet to be finalised.”