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South Africa will award the 2016 National Orders today to citizens, living and deceased, for their political, cultural and social contributions to democracy. The awards are given as part of the country's annual Freedom Day commemorations.
On 21 February 1917 over 600 black South Africans serving in World War I lost their lives when the troop carrier SS Mendi sank in the icy waters of the English Channel. The tragedy is now being commemorated by a special film produced by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Forty-one South Africans - and the members of two Defence Force rescue missions - have received the country's highest honours for outstanding contributions to nation building, the creative arts and sport, and for courage in the face of great danger.