Pay us the money – athletes

STILL WAITING: The winners of November’s Nelson Mandela Bay City Half Marathon, Mapaseka Makhanya and Elroy Gelant, have not received a cent of their prize money
STILL WAITING: The winners of November’s Nelson Mandela Bay City Half Marathon, Mapaseka Makhanya and Elroy Gelant, have not received a cent of their prize money

Winners of PE half marathon held in November still waiting for prizes

The winners of South Africa’s richest half marathon, which was run in Port Elizabeth in November, are poorer than when they started the race. Three months after the November 15 race, the winners – Elroy Gelant and Mapaseka Makhanya – have not received a cent of the prize money.

With a total purse of R350 000, the victors of the inaugural half marathon carried a winners’ prize of R35 000 in both the senior men’s and women’s categories.

But one of the organisers of the Nelson Mandela Bay City Half Marathon said athletes should be paid in the next seven working days, explaining that a number of issues had led to payment being delayed, including foreign athletes not in possession of work permits winning prizes.

The brainchild of two high-profile figures in the road-running fraternity – Alan Taylor and Mike Mbambani – the race took about two years to set up.

-Xolisa Phillip and Mogan Segadavan

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