Cape Town - The South African netball team received a major consolation off the court after their loss to hosts England in the bronze medal match of the Netball World Cup in Liverpool on Sunday.
Team sponsor, supermarket giants Spar, pulled out the cheque book for the team skippered by Bongi Msomi from KwaZulu-Natal.
The company originally announced if the team won gold they would pay R1 million to the team, R750 000 for silver and R250 000 for bronze plus R200 000 for qualifying for the semi-finals.
But Spar announced through the president of Netball South Africa, Cecilia Molokwane, that they would reward the team with a total of R1.2 million in appreciation for the sterling effort at the World Cup.
New Zealand were crowned world champions after they edged rivals Australia by a single goal in the final.
The Silver Ferns will head to the next world cup - to be hosted in Cape Town in 2023 - as defending champions.