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Thabo Mbeki was among those who cast their special votes on Tuesday. The former president, who will be in Nigeria for the World Economic Forum on Africa summit on Wednesday, urged his fellow South Africans to go out and vote, saying: "We have an obligation to those thousands who died for this freedom".
Outgoing President Thabo Mbeki has thanked South Africans for giving him the opportunity to serve them over the past 14 years, saying he was confident that the incoming administration would build on the work done since 1994 to improve the lives of all South Africans.
A landmark power sharing agreement in Zimbabwe signed on 15 September 2008 will formally establish a government of national unity in that country.
President Thabo Mbeki has praised Nelson Mandela for his role in South Africa's transition to democracy, describing the famous 90-year-old as "an iconic son of the people of South Africa whom we have also surrendered to the nations as a citizen of the world."
Speaking at a national memorial tribute, President Thabo Mbeki apologised on behalf of the people of South Africa to the families of those who died in the recent attacks on people from other African countries.
President Thabo Mbeki has signed the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Bill into law, ensuring that areas with potential for large-scale astronomy facilities - such as the Square Kilometre Array, which South Africa is bidding to host - are protected from developments that might interfere with their research activities.
South Africa had been shamed and humiliated by the wave of anti-foreigner violence that had broken out in parts of the country over the past two weeks, President Thabo Mbeki said in a special televised address to the nation on Sunday night.
President Thabo Mbeki, Botswana President Festus Mogae and Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba jointly opened the Mata Mata Tourist Access Facility, a new port of entry between South Africa and Namibia within the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Africa's first Peace Park.
The issues of electricity security, improvements to South Africa's criminal justice system, and skills development dominated the agenda of President Thabo Mbeki's latest meeting with local business leaders.
South Africa's economy is growing like never before, says President Thabo Mbeki, with investment rising from 14.7% to 19.2% of GDP over the last four years and more than half a million new jobs being created every year since September 2004.