Wayde and Caster are the Big Winners at South African Sports Awards

South Africa’s Olympic gold medallists Wayde van Niekerk and Caster Semenya were the big winners at the South African Sports Awards Sunday night, with Wayde winning yet another car and a million rand (half of which will be given to charity).

The two sports stars were praised for taking South African sports’ excellence to another level at a show which appeared a little disorganised at times.

The South African sports winners included:

Team of the Year: Mamelodi Sundowns
Sportswoman of the Year: Caster Semenya
International Achievement Award: Caster Semenya and Kagiso Rabada
Newcomer of the Year: Ntando Mahlangu (who achieved a world record and silver at the Paralympics at the tender age of 14, and received a standing ovation tonight)
Coach of the Year: Anna “Tannie Ans” Botha, the grandmother who won the world’s heart as Wayde van Niekerk’s coach
Sportsman of the year with disability: Charl Du Toit (Athletics)
Sportswoman of the year with disability: Ilse Hayes
Journalist of the Year: Thabiso Sithole from SABC
Photographer of the year: Sydney Mahlangu (Pinky Xulu accepted the award on his behalf)
Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achiever: Mzimasi Mzi Mnguni
Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achiever: Francois Pienaar (Rugby)
Sports Star of the Year / People’s Choice: Wayde van Niekerk
Shield of Jove, Best Performer at the Paralympics: Dyan Buis (Athletics)
Shield of Jove, Best Performer at the Olympics: Wayde van Niekerk

If there had been a Personality of the Year award, Caster may have won it with her quips about what the world says about her – “They say she walks like a man, she talks like a man, she  runs like a man… argh, tsek” (watch below) – and her quote “I don’t know what this is, but thank you!”


24-year-old Wayde is also one of three finalists in the IAAF World Athletics Awards 2016.