The practice of ukuLobola is a time-honoured tradition where a man who intends to marry a woman pays a bride price, traditionally in the form of cows, to the woman's family.
iLobola is still practiced by thousands of South Africans today, the tradition is about bringing two families together.
Software Developer, Robert Matsaneng has created an app that calculates the value of one's lobola. Speaking to Stephen Grootes on _The Midday Report, _Matsaneng explained what criteria the app uses to calculate lobola.
I've got physical attributes like height, weight, waist size and I used those to calculate a BMI and from that I just try to figure out what your body looks like and in the algorithm it playa part in how much you get.— Software developer, Robert Matsaneng
Matsaneng's app also factors in whether the woman has been married before or not and how many children she has.
Sam Cowen spoke to Primedia Broadcasting's Peter Motsamai who dismissed the app, and it's criteria as "rubbish".
According to my tradition, the lobola is to make contact between two families. When we do lobola, we are not selling the wife, we're trying to bring two families together. The waist size [etc] is rubbish.— Primedia Broadcasting driver, Peter Motsamai
In the last week the app has received a mixed reaction from South Africans, who have taken to social media to express their opinions.
@samcowen That lobola app is nonsensical a woman's BMI has nothing to do with how much lobola they worth.— Andile Mlondo (@AndileMlondo) January 22, 2015
Hmmm... According that lobola app, I'd only go for 8 cows. Expected more, to be honest.— Mvelase (@MvelaseP) January 22, 2015
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