Cham­pi­onship win­ner is truly the Bo­ere­wors Queen!

Tasty new wheels for Sho­prite/ Check­ers’ lat­est an­nual braai muse

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QUEEN Mathe­bula, a 32-year-old woman from Mala­mulele in Lim­popo, has been con­firmed as the maker of the best bo­ere­wors in South Africa.

This was as she was crowned win­ner of the 25th an­nual Cham­pi­onship Bo­ere­wors com­pe­ti­tion, which means that her recipe – South Africa’s num­ber one bo­ere­wors – will be avail­able in all Sho­prite and Check­ers stores na­tion­wide from to­day.

“It’s fourth time lucky for me,” beamed Mathe­bula af­ter be­ing an­nounced as the win­ner.

“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 also won the grand prize of a brand new Toy­ota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Dou­ble Cab Raised Body Raider.

The other two fi­nal­ists were James Le­bepe, 34, from At­teridgeville in Tsh­wane and Moses Mathe­bula, 29, from Lenyenye, Lim­popo.

All three fi­nal­ists re­ceived gift ham­pers from spon­sors Coca-Cola, All Gold and Simba, as well as vouch­ers from Sho­prite and Check­ers stores.

The South African Chefs As­so­ci­a­tion judged the com­pe­ti­tion and en­sured that all en­tries ad­hered to the guide­lines for mak­ing truly tra­di­tional bo­ere­wors.

Mathe­bula was re­vealed as the 2017 Bo­ere­wors Cham­pion fol­low­ing a char­ity rugby match be­tween a team of for­mer na­tional play­ers and some cur­rent play­ers.

For­mer Spring­bok lock Bakkies Botha came out of re­tire­ment to lead the Braai Le­gends in a friendly touch rugby game against the Braai Champs, cap­tained by Stephan Dip­pe­naar.

The char­ity match was in aid of the Vusa Acad­emy, a rugby and aca­demic up­lift­ment pro­gramme based in the com­mu­nity of Langa in Cape Town.

The char­ity an­gle was in­tro­duced to the Cham­pi­onship Bo­ere­wors win­ner’s an­nounce­ment three years ago, and this year Sho­prite sup­ported the Vusa Acad­emy by com­ing on board as a food part­ner to en­sure that the 80 chil­dren who par­tic­i­pate in this pro­gramme re­ceive a nu­tri­tious meal daily.

Over the years, the Cham­pi­onship Bo­ere­wors ti­tle has been held by South Africans from all walks of life, from housewives to butch­ery man­agers – and even by a 13-yearold pri­mary school pupil.

It used to be an in­ter­nal com­pe­ti­tion that only Sho­prite or Check­ers em­ploy­ees could en­ter, but it was later opened to the pub­lic.

VIC­TORY DANCE: Queen Mathe­bula re­acts af­ter be­ing an­nounced the win­ner in the 2017 Fi­nal of the Sho­prite Check­ers Cham­pi­onship Bo­ere­wors Com­pe­ti­tion held at the Langa Sports Com­plex in Cape Town.

LOCK, STOCK AND LEG­END: Bakkies Botha runs on for the Braai Le­gends dur­ing the Sho­prite char­ity rugby match in Langa, where South Africa’s best bo­ere­wors was an­nounced.

TEAM BOERIE: Pic­tured, from left, are Bren­dan Fog­gerty (Vusa), Bakkies Botha (Braai Le­gends), Pi­eter En­gel­brecht (Sho­prite chief ex­ec­u­tive and Justin Geduld (Braai Champs).

FI­NAL­IST: James Le­bepe

FI­NAL­IST: Moses Mathe­bula

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