Ordinary South Africans got a chance to interact with the Olympic medalists from Team South Africa, as well as High Commissioner Zola Skweyiya and Deputy Sports Minister Gert Ooosthuizen, at Ekhaya in Central London last night. This is a place where South Africans living in London and those that are visiting watch the Olympic Games. It is also a platform for South Africa to hold exhibitions and performances aimed at exposing the country to the international market. Joanette Fourie – a South African based in London says: “We are actually always here. So, Ekhaya is a great initiative from the government to get the South Africans living in London together, I think as well as the tourist.”

Andre Olivier qualified for tonight’s semi-finals

It was a quiet day for South Africa at the Olympics yesterday. Andre Olivier qualified for tonight’s semi-finals and the women’s hockey team scored a morale boosting 7-0 win over the United States. There were no South Africans involved in the evening’s athletic action. That was highlighted by the defeat of Yelena Isinbaeva in the pole vault. She won the bronze medal after a rare failure at 4m 70, handing the gold medal to American Jennifer Suhr. However, there is plenty of South African action today. Bridgitte Hartley takes part in the canoe sprint heats this morning, and Sunette Viljoen in javelin, Lehann Fourie in the 110 m hurdles and Anaso Jobodwana in the 200 are all involved in heats. The sailors finish off their Olympics in the final two 470 races, and this afternoon, the men’s hockey side will be hoping for morale boosting points against Argentina.

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