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President Thabo Mbeki has received Athens' highest honour for his contribution to the struggle against apartheid.
After a good start on the first weekend of the Paralympic Games in Athens, South African athletes have continued raking in the medals, with double amputee Oscar Pistorius putting in two very different but equally sensational performances in the 200 metres.
Natalie du Toit and Fanie Lombaard were expected to deliver top-class performances at the Athens Paralympics. Both athletes proved the hype was justified on Sunday, delivering world record breaking performances to win South Africa's first gold medals of the Games.