SA man wins world sheep shearing crown

2012-03-03 20:01

Johannesburg - South African sheep shearer Mayenzeke Shweni was crowned world champion blade shearer on Saturday at the World Shearing Championships held in Masterton, New Zealand.

Cape Wools' spokesperson Ona Viljoen said Shweni's team-mate, three-time champion Zweliwile Hans, finished second in the blade shearing division.

Shweni and Hans were full-time shearers from Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape.

Wool shearers from 25 countries competed for the world crown in the hand and blade shearing events at the biennial competition.

Viljoen said the six-member SA team had been preparing for the event in New Zealand since October.

Sheep shearing is recognised in South Africa as a national sport and the Sheep Shearing Federation is affiliated to the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.

  • amanda - 2012-03-03 20:07

    Congratulations! Very well done.

  • Morne - 2012-03-03 20:09

    Ja nee kyk hier kan ons maar boer! Proudly South African!! Well done!!

  • Louise - 2012-03-03 20:16

    Bet it was not a close shave. Well done.

      Morne - 2012-03-03 21:18


  • James - 2012-03-03 20:21

    Next week.

  • Comrade - 2012-03-03 20:28

    World Champion Springbok sheep shearer...that must annoy the Kiwi's no end!!!

      comurray - 2012-03-04 08:47

      No, Kiwi's are the shagger champions.

  • Shaylene Stenger - 2012-03-03 20:32

    Oh the Kiwis must be so impressed right now. First we give them a hiding in cricket, now we win the sheep shearing competition.... Karma Kiwis

  • Kim - 2012-03-03 20:37

    Baaaaaaaa, even more reason for them to hate us. Well done Mayenzeke

      John - 2012-03-04 06:58

      Shyte Kusleg, you have one hell of a chip on your shoulder. get back in the garden tosser. For Mayenzeke and Zweliwile, fantastic! Well done.

      Francois - 2012-03-04 07:37

      Kusleq, thanks for bringing race into it again. Here is a world class performance of a South African that is lauded by other South Africans and you have a go at them for doing it? What is wrong with you? South Africa's founding values (yes these was legally speaking a new SA formed in 1996) are one of non discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status etc. If people criticize the government, it is not because the government is black (well maybe Kortbroek think he is, but that blond hair gives him away), it is because they act outside their duty.

      Francois - 2012-03-04 07:47

      Kusleq, mind if I list a couple of black men that got praise from white people since 1994. The list is not exhaustive (go look up the meaning in the dictionary if you don't know it, or ask what a dictionary is, if you don't know). Madiba, Tutu, Thugwane, Ramaphosa, Manuel, Ramphele,Pietersen, Habana, Mthawarira, Ntini, Duminy. Even in staunch conservative Pretoriam, a man with the name Ralapelle has more support than one Liebenberg. On Thursday past approx 300 teachers with 90% white gave Jonathan Jansen a standing ovation. Alf Khumalo is one of SA best photographers, his photos of Madiba and Ali are legendary around the world. Pity that you think "Black = good, white = bad". It is not your epidermus that determines it. Once again back to the meaning of a word. One last name to the list: Mayenzeke - well done.

      Peter - 2012-03-04 10:07

      Kusleg - yawn ... maybe one day you'll praise a white man. Oh my, yawn again ....

  • Jill - 2012-03-03 21:15

    Wonder if any one cares about the treatment of sheep - I bet not

      Peter - 2012-03-04 10:13

      One of the things they are scored on is not cutting the sheep. Also, an animal quickly sheared suffers very little stress. Part of shearing is to keep the animal calm - comes with good handling. So ja, they care about the sheep it seems. But ja, still a lot of cruelty involved in commercial animal farming.

  • Hermann - 2012-03-03 21:24

    Thumbs up and five high for our boys (no pun intended!)

  • Lynda - 2012-03-03 21:27

    Whoop Whoop something to shear about (hahahaha) at last, well done dudes!!

  • Winsome - 2012-03-03 21:28

    So, we not only beat them at cricket - we beat them at sheep shearing! Well done!

  • eben.ferreira1 - 2012-03-03 21:35

    Well done Guys. Pity there is no mention of how they achieved this.

      Silvana - 2012-03-04 08:45

      They used shears, duh!

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-03-03 21:51

    NZ & Aus Marino sheep did originate here so I suppose it's only fair we go and teach 'em how to shear them.

      John - 2012-03-04 07:18

      @Matthew, sorry FYI, SA was the first country outside Europe to get Marino Sheep, they were sent as a present from the King of Spain.From Wikkipedia.

  • Cheryl - 2012-03-03 22:03

    Fantastic for SA!!

  • Kusleg - 2012-03-03 22:38

    This guy can make a very good barber.....

      Fussed - 2012-03-04 09:12

      Bar bar ????? sheep, have you any wool

      Peter - 2012-03-04 10:17

      Nobody likes you anymore Kusleq, so you get thumbs down even with a decent comment. You reap what you sow. But ja, the okes would have been useful at todays Shavathon.

      Francois - 2012-03-04 13:52

      No, Peter the thumbs down is not because he is not liked, it is because he in himself does not know about people like Robert Sobukwe or Steve Biko. He wants to lower Mayenzeke to a person just good enough to cut others' hair. I think he never saw a good sheep shearer in action and secondly, he may be racist towards other blacks in himself. It is like the Jews who collaberated with the Nazis.

  • John - 2012-03-03 22:47

    Well done Mayenzeke Shweni and Zweliwile Hans! First and second place, that's brilliant!

      Boer - 2012-03-04 00:02

      The Kiwi's trained them nicely.

  • Brandon - 2012-03-04 06:05

    Ok ,well done! But, why are they shaving sheep just before winter arrives?

      David DZ - 2012-03-04 07:12

      lmfao! Hahahaha ja nhe @Brandon

  • ZION - 2012-03-04 07:29

    Put him in the Springbok team for the next world cup. We need someone to beat them AB's

  • eric.leroux2 - 2012-03-04 07:49

    Well done SA I am proud of my country and people although I live in NZ

  • Jessica - 2012-03-04 08:41

    Well done

  • John - 2012-03-04 09:13

    Eish.... these Ausies would have won if they weren't so easily distracted while holding the sheep between their legs...

      Peter - 2012-03-04 10:18


  • kitty.viljoen - 2012-03-04 09:47

    Fantastic Well done !

  • Cilla - 2012-03-04 10:50

    Well done.

  • Bee2205 - 2012-03-04 10:54

    Awesome you two! You beat the Kiwis in their own backyard at their own game! Congrats!!

  • Christopher - 2012-03-04 11:00

    Now that should be an olympic sport?!

  • Val - 2012-03-04 12:24

    that is great for South Africa... well done guys!

  • Hennie - 2012-03-04 17:49

    For additional results on the 2012 World shearing championships check out and see what the rest of the South Africans did.

  • str4f3 - 2012-03-05 10:57

    So our SA champ sheep shearer after the competetion, sees another sheep being led off the grounds by an aussie, keen to leave no sheep unsheared, he walks up to the Aussie, and asks 'Hai daar, is dat sheep for sharing?' The aussies looks discustedly at him 'No Mate. Get yer own'

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