A cow for every gold medal

2012-09-01 14:20

Johannesburg - South Africa's Olympic Games gold medallists have each receive a cow as a reward, according to a report on Saturday.

Jan Scannell, better known as Jan Braai, promised each South African athlete who won a gold medal at the Olympic Games a cow, Beeld reported.

The four member rowing team were each a cow richer after winning South Africa's third gold medal at the games in London.

Sizwe Ndlovu, Matthew Brittain, John Smith and James Thompson won the men's lightweight four final.

According to the report Ndlovu and Brittain chose a live cow, while Thompson and Smith chose biltong, and biltong and meat, respectively.

A cow was about R7 000.

Ndlovu's cow was going to a friend's farm in Pietermaritzburg, where he grew up.

He told the newspaper he was delighted with the "unusual gift".

"From a national cultural perspective I did not expect to get "lobola" because I won a gold medal", Ndlovu was quoted as saying.

Brittain's cow would be taken to his uncle's farm in Lydenburg.

Olympic gold medal swimmer Cameron van der Burgh had decided to take 140kg of boerewors as his reward, according to the report.

Van der Burgh and his manager Ryk Neethling gave the boerewors to 252 children at the Abangani Enkosini orphanage in Alexandra, Johannesburg on Friday.

Scannell told the newspaper that 200m butterfly gold medallist Chad le Clos had not yet decided what he wanted to do with his cow.

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-09-01 14:25

    VERY NICE...

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-01 15:03

      Our gold medal winnners are much luckier than their US counterparts, they get taxed for every gold medal.

      nina.ignjatov - 2012-09-01 20:38

      That is just to cute and really lovely :)

      Denny - 2012-09-01 22:04

      @Juan - assuming our athletes are professionals (reasonable assumption I guess) - so would ours.

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-09-01 22:29

      That will make a lot of big Mac’s

      pisciotta - 2012-09-02 13:46

      Juan - that is a sticky point - and since this is election year in the States even Obama is up for changing the tax on US Olympian's medal and honorarium income. But having said that, American Olympians live in America. SA Olympians live in SA. Overall I think Americans are better off.And no, I don't they they would appreciate a Cow. Even if its eyes resembled Zuma's.If this news does hit the States I can only imagine what Americans will think. "Oh isn't that sweet, they have a new cow. Their village won't starve this month." America. The #1 nation for immigration. Wonder why that is?

  • tiffany.mclelland.5 - 2012-09-01 14:27

    I are getting fed up with the bad gramer and speling on this articals

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-09-01 14:43

      6 thumbs down Tiffany...but I got ya!

      tobydt - 2012-09-01 14:48


      nolwazi.addoobiri - 2012-09-01 14:55

      Check your own spelling Tiffany. "gramer", "speling"????and you expect others to spell better huh?

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-09-01 14:57

      Nolwazi also did not get it...damn!

      stephan.wyk.7 - 2012-09-01 14:58

      @ nolwazi.addoobiri - serious????

      Isabel - 2012-09-01 15:04

      That is bcos yu didunt go to a gud skul like what i did Tiffany. Seriuously, I share your pain, and some of the posts I see here are well nigh incomprehensible! What do "ppl" and "u" and "da" mean? I hope the people who write in this sms/tsostitaal/pidgen English are only doing it for fellow Facebook users and don't use this garbage in their professional lives. Anyway, I think the cow is a great idea. If you don't want it sell it or give it to a rural family who really need it.

      Isabel - 2012-09-01 15:05

      Nolwazi - grow a SENSE OF HUMOUR!!! It's a JOKE!!!

      nicole.paulsen.31 - 2012-09-02 13:23

      Haha I don't know whether I should give Nolwazi a thumbs "up" or "down" after that reply. Hilarious!

      pisciotta - 2012-09-02 14:09

      Nolwazi - Recognition of written humor requires literacy and a degree of intelligence. Me thinks your school books done fell off the cart long before you arrived in da classroom.

      dan.cooper.9634 - 2012-09-02 14:15

      At tiffany , im also fedup with the bad grammer and spelling , but i think we should see this in contects It is a miracle that they can can stil write and read after they graduated through the illustrious south african school system The 25 thumbs down you got is a indication that a lot of south african school graduates arent even able to write and is only capable of grunts and sign language

  • Jacques - 2012-09-01 14:31

    Chad can have my manager at the restaurant where I wait tables... 90kg of prime cow there... Or 100, whatever :P

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-01 14:36

    Nice gesture! Bet the cows arent over the mooooon!

  • tin.can.501598 - 2012-09-01 14:36

    Living on the 15 th floor...I would gladly accept 15 km of boerewors !

      doug.norris.581 - 2012-09-02 13:02

      Ag no, tin.can. Just keep your kgomo in the kitchen for on tap warm milk for your coffee. Seriously. A lovely idea.

  • vark.nek.90 - 2012-09-01 14:40

    Chad, just don't marry her.

  • erich.goosen - 2012-09-01 14:48

    A very insensitive gesture. What would happen if the Indian Olympic board does the same thing.

      barry.downs.984 - 2012-09-01 15:27

      The gold medalists would worship them - what else would you expect?

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-09-01 14:56

    Ha ha ha, this article sounds just damn funny reading it!

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-09-01 15:06

    I live residential but have taken a few cows home in my day...

  • Isabel - 2012-09-01 15:07

    OOPS! Just spotted a ypo. I meant "seriously" of course!

  • wayne.schaefer2 - 2012-09-01 15:29


  • sinethemba.bryan - 2012-09-01 15:31

    Only in South Africa...Mzansi 4 sho!

  • Bertverlinde - 2012-09-01 15:47

    spellcheck news24. *received

  • Kwajo.m - 2012-09-01 15:56

    Great gesture. Baas Jan, good job! Let see who can top that reward?

  • Ashmolsan3 - 2012-09-01 16:05

    A lovely gesture from what I gather a truly humble South African.

  • Neal Sing - 2012-09-01 21:26

    Poor Natalie.Living in a Fourth World country with Fifth world thinking!

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-01 22:35

    Great suff.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-02 01:24

    Only in South Africa!

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-09-02 06:55

    only in Mzantsi. hahaha ! very interesting.heritage month

  • sudika.harkhu - 2012-09-02 07:14

    i wonder if the paralympians will be getting as well, though at the rate they are going, he would have no cows left!

  • markpnaidoo - 2012-09-02 07:16

    Great South Africans ! ! ! ! Well done to Team SA and the winners and Oom Jan. . . .

  • tw2066 - 2012-09-02 08:24

    A cow - what to do with the cow, take it for walkies in the morning, possibly milk it for breakfast .... A cow?

  • Vince.York - 2012-09-02 08:24

    Fantastic! Next time round others can offer rhino horn and specific herbs as selected by the men or women, and even body parts if required to boost our particular forms of culture, neh? More and more transformed and swayed AWAY from the unifying norms as the rest of the world abides by!

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-09-02 12:56

    Can just see Natalie walking her cow down Hillbrow, and taking it to graze in Joubert Park.

  • Leah - 2012-09-02 14:00

    Jan Braai giving cow. What a novel idea :). We know what he likes!

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-09-02 16:20

    Jan Braai, doing things like a Boss

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