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Sporting public votes for Team SA mascot

Sports loving South Africans will get to vote for a Team South Africa mascot for all multi-coded sports events going forward from the London Olympics and Paralympics later this year.

This is part of the national Olympic governing body SASCOC’s drive to create a national identity around the team, also at future events like the Commonwealth Games, World Games, All Africa Games and Zone VI games.

“The South African sports fraternity needs something to associate with our multi-sports events,” said SASCOC CEO Tubby Reddy. “The more awareness we can build around the brand of Team South Africa, the more support we can hopefully generate for the team on the international stage.”

Regarding the prospective mascot, various design agencies were invited to identify and design a mascot that will have both symbolic significance and also be associated with South Africa as a being proud and successful sporting nation.

Judges have now chosen a short list of the top six designs and these will all be showcased in this week’s editions of leading lifestyle magazines, YOU, DRUM and HUISGENOOT and the sporting public now get to vote via SMS on the final choice of mascot.

Voting will last one week with the process also going to national radio and television. The mascot will be the face of South African sport for the next few years.

The winning advertising agency will be notified in early March and the life-sized mascot is expected to be unveiled to the public at the same time of the national kit launch for the Olympic and Paralympic teams in Johannesburg on 4 April.

To vote for one of the six final mascot designs visit the SASCOC or Road To London websites and click on the link.


11 comments
Carol McMullin
Carol McMullin

I cannot find pictures of the proposed mascot entries anywhere, Please can you direct me without having to buy expensive magazines.

Kate Nokwe
Kate Nokwe

Hi Carol, Click on the link where it says Click here to meet the six finalists and go down to the bottom of the link where it gives you a number to SMS your choice to. There’s no voting link as such. Only the number that you have to sms your choice to. Let me know if this helps.

D
D

Masego, simple solution to that. Vote for the other rhino Ubjejani. Much better!

Masego Morwe
Masego Morwe

To whom It May Concern I am writing this with deep concern after noticing that the seTswana name for Rhino was terribly mispelt in one of the 2012 Olympic mascotts The correct seTswana name for rhino is Tshukudu. I am very concerned as this is a national advert and I believe that people who speak and write proper Setswana should have been consulted before this ad was sent out. I do not know if we are supposed to vote for a rhino which was mispelt. It saddenes me as we are in an era where we are trying to conserve our indigenous language. This is a clear indication that we still have a long way to go. I hope that this will be corrected very soon and such mistakes will never happen again. I hope that my complaint will not fall on deaf ears.

Rod
Rod

Kate, I agree that there's no such voting tab on this Sascoc site. Please would you check otherwise you're wasting our time. I don't want to buy these magazines just ofr this - regards Rod

Kate Nokwe
Kate Nokwe

Hi Rod, I tried to email you, it bounced back. Please give me a call, SASCOC office: 011 483 9000

Kate Nokwe
Kate Nokwe

Hi Rod, Click on the link where it says Click here to meet the six finalists and go down to the bottom of the link where it gives you a number to SMS your choice to. There’s no voting link as such. Only the number that you have to sms your choice to. Let me know if this helps.

Ingrid
Ingrid

Am trying to find the link on your site in order to vote for the mascot. Cannot find it. Cannot vote.

Kate Nokwe
Kate Nokwe

Hi Ingrid, It's on the SASCOC and Road To London home pages and each different tabs.