CHARITABLE: Ex-Springbok Percy Montgomery runs onto the field for a game of touch rugby. Ex-Springbok Bakkies Botha led the ‘Braai Legends’ against the ‘Braai Champs’. Picture: Henk Kruger
Cape Town - There was great fun had at the Langa Sports Centre when the 25th winner of the annual Championship Boerewors competition was crowned.

On Wednesday, Queen Mathebula, 32, from Malamulele in Limpopo, was named South Africa’s boerewors champion. It was her fourth attempt at the competition.

Her recipe, "South Africa’s Number One Boerewors”, will be available in Shoprite and Checkers stores nationwide from Thursday.

Excited and emotional Mathebula said: “It’s fourth time lucky for me. I feel so privileged and honoured to have been a part of this esteemed competition and to have made it to the top."

Along with the sought-after title of SA’s No. 1 Boerewors Champion, Mathebula has won the grand prize of a brand new Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Double Cab bakkie.

The other two finalists were James Lebepe, 34, from Atteridgeville in Gauteng, and Moses Mathebula, 29, from Lenyenye in Limpopo. All three received gift hampers from the sponsors and vouchers from Shoprite and Checkers stores.

There was also a charity touch rugby match between former national players and some current rugby world champions. Ex-Springbok Bakkies Botha came out of retirement to lead the Braai Legends team in a friendly touch rugby game against the Braai Champ team, captained by Stephan Dippenaar. 

The charity match was for Vusa Academy, an upliftment programme based in Langa.

Former Springbok captain Jean de Villiers said the object was to introduce and use sport to teach young people and help them learn life skills. He thanked Shoprite and Checkers for reaching out to and supporting local communities.

Cape Argus