Chad le Clos Sweet Service and Ster-Kinekor Cavendish Sour Service Awards!

The Sweet Service Award goes to Chad le Clos, our Olympian super swimmer at the London 2012 Olympic Games.  On his arrival back with the SA Olympic team at OR Thambo airport on Tuesday, a matric learner invited him by poster to be her matric dance date, which he accepted, subject to any travel or other commitments!  Mail & Guardian has reported her name to be Melanie Olhaus attending Glenvista High School (see the video interview with her). What an amazing young man, who has not let his success go to his head.  His father Bert is almost as famous as his son due to his spontaneous and delightful BBC interview.  Chad le Clos is a wonderful ambassador for South Africa, not only good-looking, but also a nice human being who appears unaffected by his new fame.  He deserves lots more gold and silver in the future.

The Sour Service Award goes to Ster-Kinekor in Cavendish Square, for its heavy-handed treatment of its customer Andrew for bringing a take-away cup of coffee from Seattle Coffee Company into the movie house, a beverage which Ster-Kinekor does not sell. It was too hot for him to drink immediately.  When he showed his tickets, he was told to finish his coffee immediately, but it was still too hot for him to do so.  He refused and entered the cinema.  A manager was called, and discussed the matter inside the theatre, disturbing other patrons.  He was told to leave the cinema, to which he replied that they would have to physically remove him. A security guard then entered the cinema, and asked him to leave, threatening to call the police if he did not leave.  Again he refused. No police arrived.  Andrew complained about how the movie was spoiled for himself and the other movie-goers.

The WhaleTales Sweet & Sour Service Awards are presented every Friday on the WhaleTales blog.  Nominations for the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be sent to Chris von Ulmenstein at   Past winners of the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be read on the Friday posts of this blog, and in the WhaleTales newsletters on the website.

6 replies on “Chad le Clos Sweet Service and Ster-Kinekor Cavendish Sour Service Awards!”

  1. Deon Fialkov says:

    I’m very impressed with Chad Le Clos…definitely the ideal role-model or ambassador for South Africa !

    Very sweet that he accepted the girl’s invitation to her matric dance.

  2. I agree Deon, he seems to have a heart of gold… pardon the pun!


  3. Dave Snoek says:

    Chad is a HERO. And a great charmer. When interviewed at O.R. Tambo Int’l, the first thing he said was, “Happy Women’s Day” to all the ladies. What class he shows and looking at his Dad we can see where it comes from. Have not seen anything of his Mom mind, but I’m sure she had a huge roll to play in this man’s superb upbringing as well.

  4. He is a PR natural, instinctive without being false Dave.


  5. Rufus says:

    Sorry to disagree but the cinema is correct, how about consideration for everyone else?

    Whoever this coffe drinker is he sounds arogant and undiciplined.

    Walking around drinking is bad manners.

    Anyway why is this newsworthy?

  6. Coffee is not offered by Ster Kinekor Rufus, so it should be allowed. The cinema sounded inconsiderate towards the other patrons, in kicking up such a fuss about the coffee.


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