Race, Money and Sports: Part 1

Caster is smiling, but is it all the way to the bank?

Caster is smiling, but is it all the way to the bank?

Khusela Sangoni- Khawe the ANC youth league’s new spokesperson was quoted as saying “The recent bail hearing of paralympian Oscar Pistorius has highlighted the inequality within the sporting fraternity and society.” She continued to say “South Africa’s racial history is such that the minority in this country continue to reap the benefits of years of oppression of the black majority through continuing and exclusive access to training facilities, the best coaches, sponsorship deals and many other privileges open only to the white minority and not the black majority.”

Sangoni-Khawe said black athletes such as Caster Semenya and Khotso Mokoena were faced with difficult circumstances on a daily basis and could “only dream about the wealth of Pistorius”. When asked if his wealth was not attributed instead to his paralympian status Sangoni-Khawe said: “There are a number of other athletes who also have disabilities. He is not the only one with disabilities”. She said white athletes have support and funding growing up and they still enjoyed this today.  “This inequality is along racial lines and even now business continues to perpetuate that inequality.” She said Pistorius was only an example. “Business needs to ensure that there is greater equality in how they spread out their sponsorship opportunities among the athletes in this country,” Sangoni-Khawe said.

The recent Oscar Pistorius murder trial brought attention to his wealth in comparison to his competitors

The recent Oscar Pistorius murder trial brought attention to his wealth in comparison to that of his competitors. Is it a race issue?

Beneath the “usually youth league rhetoric” is there any truth to her wild accusations? I decided to investigate whether white athletes get paid more than their black counterparts?  To my amazement I discovered that there is very little information regarding player’s salaries and especially sponsorship deals in South Africa.


Let’s have a look at soccer for instance; Money web recently stated that; “Getting an accurate report on what some of the country’s football stars earn can be quite difficult.” Media reports have speculated about salaries of up to R500 000 per month, alleging that Mozambican midfielder Elias Pelembe is demanding a wage of that level (Pelembe plays for Mamelodi Sundowns) His agent denied this, saying that South African football is not yet at a level where players can earn R500 000 a month. So what would be an accurate figure then? According to local soccer publication kick off magazine the top 6 earners make between R3.5 million – R5 million per year, a very decent R400 000 per month for the top earner.

The top 6:

1.      Teko Modise

2.      Benni McCarthy

3.      Siphiwe Tshabalala

4.      Itumeleng Khune

5.      Elias Pelembe

6.      Anthony Laffor

After this bracket the magazine says that there are about 20 other players who fall in the second bracket, earning between R2.5 million – R3 5 million per annum, and Katlego Mphela is one of these players. The 3rd bracket is R1 million – R2.5 Million and there are just over 50 players in this bracket. Again there is no definitive figure as to how much players are earning. Players can also increase their income by winning while representing the country. Bafana Bafana players, get around R60 000 for a win, R40 000 for a draw and nothing if they lose (it’s usually nothing for Bafana players’).

Tune in Tomorrow as we’ll upload Part 2:

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3 responses to “Race, Money and Sports: Part 1

  1. There iz nothing special about pelembe.why iz he earning this amount.he doesn’t deserve it at all.

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