There was already a hive of activity at the OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday morning ahead of the arrival of Team SA from the recently concluded Olympics in Brazil.
The SA team team managed to win 10 medals, meaning reaching their pre-Olympics target on the final weekend with the cherry on the cake, Caster Semenya.
South Africans from all walks of life braved the chilly weather conditions, wrapped in blankets at the arrivals section, to welcome home the team.
The team’s flight was initially scheduled to arrive at 7.25 but was delayed to 7.55am. Some South Africans could bee seen dressed in their green and yellow colours while pupils from the Solid Foundation Primary School kept chanting “go Team SA” while hoisting placards reading “well done Team SA”.
Well-known female football fan Joy “Mama Joy” Mathebula could not hide her excitement, saying she was proud of the team’s sterling performance at the Olympics games.
The Citizen spoke to several South Africans who were eagerly awaiting the arrival of some of their favourite stars.
One of them, Fundisa Joja, travelled all the way from the Eastern Cape and could not hide her excitement, saying the trip had been completely worth it.
“They made the whole country proud and I can’t wait to welcome them back after their great performance at the Olympics,” Joja said.
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula was expected to be among the dignitaries to meet the group.
Meanwhile, it was announced that the team’s flight had been delayed by a few minutes. They were expected to land just before 8am.