Watch: Team SA Medalists To Get Extra Cash For Making Waves In Rio


Team SA medalists arrived home to cheers from excited South Africans at the OR Tambo International airport.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula seized the opportunity to announce to his excited audience that he would be increasing the reward for each medal. The gold medal already has R500,000 incentive attached to it; R250,000 for silver; while the bronze gets R100,000.

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The sports minister was full of praises for the team and thanked the crowd for coming to welcome “this bunch of winners” who has made their country proud.

Furthermore, he announced that Van Niekerk who broke an old world record would receive an additional R150 000. Golden girl Semenya would get an extra R100 000 for her outstanding performance in the Rio Olympics.

In addition, an extra R70 000 would be awarded to those who got silver; R50 000 to those brought home bronze.

He said:

“We don’t like losers‚ our team has done us proud…even those who did not win us medals‚ we saw them fighting for our country and you will become heroes next time…but now Mr Razzmatazz Christmas is here to reward you.” 

Meanwhile, Wayde van Niekerk was absent and Sunette Viljoen were unavoidably absent at the airport. The gold medalist in the 400m Wayde van Niekerk and silver medalist in the javelin Sunette Viljoen‚ left to compete in the Diamond League in Paris.

However, Mzanzi’s favourite and golden girl Caster Semenya was right there. She will also be going to the Diamond League at a later time.

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Also present were swimmers Cameron van den Burg and Chad le Clos; Miss SA Ntandoyenkosi Kunene and other medalists and dignitaries.

Mbalula acknowledged the individual efforts of Team SA medalists, encouraging those who did not win to push on for next time.