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Olympics: S. Africa's gold medalists get cows

Published on Sep 1, 2012 10:24 PM
 
South Africa's London 2012 Olympic games gold medalist swimmers, Cameron van der Burgh (right) and Chad le Clos smile and gesture as they are welcomed by fans at the O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Aug 9, 2012. 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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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