Cops and lovers - Cupid strikes again!
Of the more than 25,000 orders that NetFlorist received, 80% were from men for their sweethearts
The way they met is straight out of a romance novel so it's no surprise that red roses, chocolates and plush stuffed animals were a must for Durban couple Duran Naidoo and Sayuri Govind on Valentine’s Day.
Naidoo was the policeman who arrested the man Govind represented at a bail application in 2011.
Cupid ruled in favour of a love match.
“She brushed me off at first. I then met her at court again and she finally agreed to go on a date,” Naidoo told Times Select.
Although Naidoo has already won Govind over and sealed the deal with an elaborate proposal at a Madame Zingara show, he still spoils her.
“I was never a romantic guy but when I saw how much she loves the romance and what it does for her, I started doing it. I want to make her happy always,” he said.
Govind smiled coyly when she walked into the reception of her office on Thursday and saw the delivery that awaited her. She received a bouquet of flowers, a Love Teddy and a chocolate box on Valentine’s Day.
“Although he spoils me every year, I am always surprised. I absolutely love the romance,” she said.
She was especially pleased that he had chosen her favourites, Turkish Delights.
Rose to the occasion
Like Naidoo, SA men pulled out all the stops on Valentine’s Day.
Of the more than 25,000 orders that NetFlorist received, 80% were from men for their sweethearts.
The online florist and gift delivery company delivered almost 890,000 roses on Thursday.
The most popular gift year-on-year for Valentine’s Day is a dozen red roses in craft paper.
One rose farmer, Riana du Plessis of Versilia Flowers in Krugersdorp, supplied Netflorist with 40,000 stems of the red flower associated with love.
“We supplied 350,000 red roses to florists for Valentine’s Day,” Du Plessis said.
One man spent R4,300 on a lavish flower arrangement for his Valentine.
“The Red Rose extravaganza is 100 red roses that are perfectly complemented by gum leaves and elegantly arranged in a large glass cylinder vase. This unforgettable arrangement is guaranteed to leave the receiver swooning. Although her reaction will be priceless, the arrangement is a smooth R4,299.95 this year round,” said NetFlorist spokesperson Thalissa Pillay.
An unexpected bestseller this year was a new addition.
“We have stolen a page from Beauty and the Beast and created a fairytale product for fans of the story: a single preserved red rose has been placed in a glass dome.
“This is a statement gift that will last up to six months without water. The product is fittingly named ‘Tale as Old as Time Preserved Rose’,” Pillay said.
The most expensive gift bought from NetFlorist for Valentine’s Day was a nine-carat rose-gold, pear-shaped morganite necklace valued at R18,000.
Pillay refused to say exactly how many gifts were sent from “secret admirers” because NetFlorist never “kisses and tells”.
However, its agents often receive calls on Valentine’s Day and the day after from people eager to learn who sent them a gift.
“From there, we confer with the sender and see if he or she is willing to have this information disclosed. If they are not willing to let the receiver know, then we keep the information confidential,” Pillay said.