Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says that South Africa’s Olympic medallists will receive increased financial rewards for their performance in Rio, Brazil.
The minister was at O.R Tambo International Airport on Tuesday to welcome home the country’s athletes.
Times Media reported that Mbulula pledged R150,000 extra for Wade Van Niekerk for breaking the world record‚ while 800 metre runner and gold medal winner Caster Semenya would get an extra R100,000.
Silver medal winners will receive an additional R70,000, and those who got bronze would receive an extra R50,000.
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) had already paid a total of R2.7 million to Team SA for the 10 medals won at the Rio Olympics.
South Africa matched their haul of 10 medals from the 1920 Games in Antwerp and the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki.
In Rio, South Africa won 2 golds, 6 silvers and 2 bronze medals, finishing 30th on the overall medal table.
At the announcement of the South African team to compete in Rio last month, SASCOC confirmed an incentive programme designed to encourage athletes to medal in Rio.
SASCOC promised to award all gold medalists at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games R500,000. Of that, R400,000 would go to the athlete and the remaining R100,000 to the coach.
Silver medal winners earned R200,000 (plus R50,000) for the coach, while those bagging bronze pocketed R80,000 (plus R20,000 for the coach).
Breakdown of Team SA medal winners in Rio plus money won:
R400,000 – Wayde van Niekerk (plus R100,000 to the coach)

R400,000 – Caster Semenya (plus R100,000 to the coach)


R200,000 – Chad le Clos (plus R50,000 to the coach)

R200,000 – Chad le Clos (plus R50,000 to the coach)

R200,000 – Cameron van der Burgh (plus R50,000 to the coach)

R200,000 – Luvo Manyonga (plus R50,000 to the coach)

R200,000 – Sunette Viljoen (plus R50,000 to the coach)

R200,000 – Shaun Keeling and Lawrence Brittain (plus R50,000 to the coach)

R80,000 – Henri Schoeman (plus R20,000 to the coach)

R80,000 – Rugby Sevens (plus R20,000 to the coach)

Total: R2.7 million

Story originally by Business Tech