Toyota South Africa Motors has rewarded all of South Africa’s Olympic and Paralympic medallists from the recent Games in Tokyo.
The cash incentives were awarded per medal, meaning that if an athlete won two gold medals, they would be eligible to receive double the amount of the medal’s cash value.
Athletes who won gold medals were awarded a R100 000 cash incentive, while those who bagged silver and bronze received cash prizes of R50 000 and R25 000 respectively.
At the prize giving ceremony held at TSAM Headquarters in Sandton, Johannesburg a total of R775 000 in prize money was handed out.
That was to: Ntando Mahlangu (R200 000) for gold in the men’s long jump T63 and gold in the 200 metres T61; Tatjana Schoenmaker (R150 000) for gold in the women’s 200m breaststroke and silver in the 100m breaststroke; Pieter du Preez (R100 000) for gold in the men’s paracycling H1; Anruné Weyers (R100 000) for gold in the women’s 400m T47; Louzanne Coetzee (R75 000) for silver in the women’s 1500m T11 and bronze in the women’s marathon T12; Bianca Buitendag (R50 000) for silver in the women’s surfing; and Sheryl James (R25 000) in the women’s 400m T37.
Coetzee’s guides Erasmus Badenhorst and Claus Kempen were also awarded R50 000 and R25 000, respectively.
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Parent company Toyota Motor Corporation announced in 2017 that Toyota would become the official worldwide mobility partner of the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee, with the deal running up until 2024.