Saying goodbye to Madiba: Event planner
A comprehensive guide to the various events leading up to Mandela’s funeral on Sunday.
Government has outlined plans for the events ahead of Nelson Mandela's funeral on Sunday.
For a quick breakdown, refer to Mandela events: Brief information guide. Further information will be made available throughout the week and Eyewitness News will keep these guides updated.
Hundreds of events will take place in all nine provinces, with public viewing areas being set up in most major areas. A list of these will be made available by government on various platforms.
The South African Police Service (SAPS), the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), metro police, intelligence agencies and representatives of various departments and entities will cooperate in the management of proceedings.
On Saturday 14 December , the focus will shift to the Eastern Cape.
The former president's remains will be transported to his home province from the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria where the ruling party will bid Madiba farewell.
At the same time, a procession will take place from Mthatha to Qunu where the Thembu community will conduct a traditional ceremony.
Finally, on Sunday 15 December , the official state funeral will take place at 8am .
The service and interment ceremony will take place at Madiba's home and final resting place in Qunu.
More information will be released in the coming days about arrangements.
South African Airways has announced it will provide a special air transport service to ferry mourners who will attend the funeral of world icon and former president Nelson Mandela in the Eastern Cape.
Places around South Africa to pay tribute to Madiba:
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Most of the key events will be broadcast live on television, with government saying this will help reduce congestion and potential disaster at key venues.
Some of the big screens used around the country will be live from Tuesday through to Monday 16 December , the Day of Reconciliation.
On that day, South Africa will observe the 100th anniversary of the Union Buildings as the seat of government and the unveiling of a statue of President Mandela will be one of the highlights of these celebrations.
The exact locations of the viewing areas have not been made public as yet.
Condolence books will also be available at municipal, provincial and other government offices around the country, as well as South Africa's diplomatic missions abroad.
Details of these sites are being posted on national, provincial and municipal websites as well as social media accounts of government.
Updates will become available in coming days as more information becomes available.
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