- The bonus is split into a cash component and an investment into Dijana's future training
- Dijana also receives a month's paid leave for much needed rest and recovery
- Dijana is employed at Mi7 National Group, an industry leader in security and guarding services contracted by the North West University
This year's Comrades Marathon winner Tete Dijana has another reason to celebrate his well-deserved victory after his employer, Mi7 National Group, rewarded him with a R100,000 cash bonus on Monday, August 29, 2022.
The reward is in recognition of his outstanding first place finish in the world's largest and oldest ultramarathon.
Dijana has been employed as a guarding officer by Mi7 National Group since 2020 and is stationed at the North West University.
The bonus consists of a R50,000 cash component immediately payable and a R50,000 fund at Dijana's disposal for any future training he may require. Dijana also received a full month's paid leave for much needed rest and recovery. He plans to return to his post at the North West University thereafter.
During the handover, Mi7 National Group Director Colin David said: "As a company, and as an industry as a whole, we are not only extremely proud of Dijana, but also in awe of the tireless dedication, perseverance, and diligence accomplishing this feat required. These are the traits on which we place great value in our line of work and are an embodiment of Mi7's principles. By rewarding such accomplishments, we hope to inspire others to passionately chase their dreams with the same rigour displayed by Dijana."
Dijana, who was still in high spirits after his race on Sunday, said: "I am very grateful to my Mi7 team for this great gesture. This support will keep me on top of my game as I'm already looking forward to next year."
Mi7 National Group has further noted unfortunate remarks posted on a number of social media networks regarding Dijana's leave three months prior to the race. Dijana submitted a formal request for unpaid leave in May this year, citing personal responsibilities as the reason for doing so. Mi7 guarding supervisors approved the request and were only made aware of Dijana's training in June. Subsequently, Dijana was contacted, his only request being that his deployment at North West University remain unchanged upon his return.