Excited SA welcomes Olympics team home

South Africa's London Olympic Games team is expected to return home to a hero's welcome on Tuesday morning.

South Africa's London Olympic Games team is expected to return home to a hero's welcome on Tuesday morning.

Silver medallist Caster Semenya, the rowing team of Sizwe Lawrence, Ndlovu Matthew Brittain, James Thompson and John Smith and bronze medallist in the K-1 500m kayak event Bridgitte Hartley will arrived from London on flight SA 237 at OR Tambo Airport at 8.20am.

Other Team SA team members touched down on flight SA 235 scheduled for 7.20am.

Swimmers Cameron van der Burgh and Chad Le Clos, who returned home on Thursday, were also at the airport to join the other medallists.

Supporters were asked to bring their posters, banners, vuvuzelas and SA colours to welcome Team South Africa home.

Civil organisation Lead SA said Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula, the Sascoc leadership and the medallists will address the crowds.

'Great performance and grit'
Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said the government was proud of the South African Olympic team.

"We join the multitudes of sport enthusiasts in congratulating our athletes for their best performance and grit at the games," he said in a statement.

"Team SA has emerged as shining stars and are now exemplary to those who want to achieve greatness. Government hopes that these achievements will inspire our local youth to follow in their steps and realise South Africa's dreams."

Manyi encouraged the country to honour the team by wearing the national sporting colours. – Sapa

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