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South Africans really know how to bring home the bacon! We know how rough it can be living here, what with ‘tough times never last but tough people do’ and all that. It’s said that the harshest conditions shape the best competitors. Like diamonds, South Africans are proving themselves by far, to be some of the best in the world. Here we celebrate sheep-shearing – it’s competitive!
Source and image: The South African Sheep Shearing Federation, a SASCOC affiliated national sporting federation.
South Africans Bonile Rabela and Zwelamoakhosi Mbuweni won gold and silver respectively in the Golden Shears Shearing and Woolhandling World Championships 2023 in Edinburgh last year. Competitors gathered from all over the world at The Golden Shears Championship to vie for the winning title, showcasing their skills and shearing styles. Representatives from 29 countries entered and South Africa beat New Zealand, Wales, Australia, England and Ireland. SA’s Protea Sheep Shearing and Wool Handling Team comprised seven talented competitors led by team manager Izak Klooper. Not only did the blade-shearing duo earn the winning title in their division, they also won individual titles. Bonile took individual gold and Zwelamakhosi, individual silver. Speaking to Goodthingsguy.com the South African Sheep Shearing Federation stated, “The last (2019) World Championship saw SA reluctantly relinquish its World Blade Shearing title – one it had held steadfastly since 1996 – by taking silver and bronze in the division.”
Today, Team SA reclaimed their title by winning gold in the Blade Shearing Team Division, and gold and silver in the Individual Blade Shearing Division, with Bonile Rabela claiming his first World Champion title.