Olympics: S. Africa's gold medalists get cows
Published on Sep 1, 2012 10:24 PM
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - South Africa's six gold medalists in the London 2012 Olympics have each received a traditionally revered gift back home - a cow - from the country's barbeque champ, the Beeld newspaper reported on Saturday.
The gifts, each valued at 7,000 rand (S$1,040), were handed over by businessman Jan Scannell, better known as Jan Braai, for his aim of using the most cross-cultural social custom, the barbeque or braai, to unite South Africans.
One of the six Olympians, swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, chose to have his cow processed into 140kg of boerwors, a popular thick aromatic beef sausage, which he donated to an orphanage in Alexander township.
Rowers John Smith and James Thompson opted for biltong, dried beef strips.
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