Big monies pouring in for CWG top performers

As FNB, Choppies, Debswana joins the government in offering incentives


Athletes that impressed at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (CWG) are surely the happiest after receiving cash rewards from the government and the private sector.

As it stands Isaac Makwala has bagged a whooping P365 000 from the government incentives, Debswana, FNB and Choppies all together while Amantle Montsho went smiling all the way to the bank with P285 000 in tow.

This follows Botswana’s historic feat at the games by winning three gold medals, one silver as well as a bronze medal. The Gold Coast tally of five medals becomes Botswana’s best ever performance since she took part in the maiden games in 1974.

The current incentives offering from government for outstanding performances, stipulates that a gold winner receives P100 000, P75 000 for a silver and P50 000 for a bronze medal whereas those who returned home without a medal are rewarded with P5 000.

The private sector was also not to be left behind. Debswana was the first to raise their hand last week Thursday as they hosted a congratulatory breakfast at which the mining giant handed over P250 000 performers. Makwala got the lion’s share, raking in P50 000 (for relay gold and individual gold), Baboloki Thebe took home P45 000 (for relay gold and individual silver) while Amantle Montsho pocketed P40 000 (for relay bronze and individual gold). The women’s 4x400m was given P15 000 each for their bronze, the men’s relay team was rewarded with P25 000 for their gold while the coaches, Mogomotsi Otsetswe and Justice Dipeba received P10 000 each.

Yesterday (Monday) First National Bank Botswana (FNB) and Choppies also joined Debswana in rewarding athletes. FNB bestowed 400m gold medalists Makwala and Montsho with P20 000 each whereas Thebe received P15 000 for his silver in 400m. The men’s 4x400m relay of Onkabetse Nkobolo, Leaname Maotoanong, Thebe and Makwala received P20 000 each for their gold medal while the ladies 4x400m of Loungo Matlhaku, Galefele Moroko, Botlogetswe and Montsho received P10 000 each for their bronze medal.

From Choppies, Makwala and Montsho pocketed another P50 000 each for their gold medals in the men’s and ladies’ 400m race respectively while Thebe took home P25 000 for his silver in the men’s 400m. The ladies 4x400m was given P60 000 to be shared by the quadrat whereas then men’s 4x400m were bestowed with P100 000 also to be shared among the four.

It is yet to be seen if other private sector companies will join in rewarding athletes.