After a nationwide search George Baloyi (pictured – Left) from Soshanguve, Gauteng, was voted the winner of the prestigious 2015 Championship Boerewors competition.
His boerewors recipe will now be used for Championship Boerewors sold in all Shoprite, Checkers and Checkers Hyper stores where the equivalent of 8220km boerewors – the distance between Cape Town and Mumbai (India) – was sold during the group’s previous financial year (ended June 30, 2015).
Baloyi’s name was revealed in the sky over Cape Town shortly after 12pm on Tuesday, September 15, as well known South African personalities Marc Lottering, Corné Krige and Tol Ass Mo sky dived to promote #SAsNo1 Championship Boerewors. In the process they raised R100000 for charity and to show his support for this worthy cause, rugby legend Naas Botha even came out of early Twitter retirement.
This was Baloyi’s fifth entry into the competition, but the first time he made it into the final. Baloyi started making boerewors 25 years ago when he worked at a butchery in Pretoria. Years of practice finally paid off yesterday when he received the grand prize of a new Hilux 2.7 Double Cab Raised Body L45 following an extensive voting process by the South African public.
Baloyi’s recipe will be on sale in all Shoprite and Checkers stores nationwide from Friday, September 18 – just in time to celebrate Heritage Day or be enjoyed whilst watching the Rugby World Cup.
The other two Championship Boerewors finalists were Phinah Maimela (37) from Lydenburg, Mpumalanga, and Ayanda Dyanse (28), from Humansdorp, Eastern Cape. All three finalists received gift hampers from sponsors Coca Cola, All Gold and Simba, as well as vouchers from Shoprite and Checkers stores.
Shoprite and Checkers celebrates SA’s boerewors tradition every year by hosting the Championship Boerewors competition.