FNB Stadium the focal point
It appears the cold and wet weather has deterred mourners from attending public screenings of the memorial.
PRETORIA - As the main memorial service for Nelson Mandela proceeds in Johannesburg at the FNB stadium, it appears the cold and wet weather has deterred mourners from attending the various public screenings of the memorial.
The Tshwane Municipality's main public viewing area has been set up at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, but the 30,000 capacity stadium is empty except for the dozen or so municipal officials and police officers.
A large stage featuring two large screens and a PA system is broadcasting visuals from the FNB Stadium, but there is no one to watch them.
It is also understood that dozens of buses which were supposed to bring mourners from around Tshwane were rerouted to Johannesburg earlier.
This facility will host Tshwane's official memorial service on Thursday and broadcast the funeral on Sunday.
The Orlando stadium where overflow mourners were redirected is also relatively empty.
The City of Ekurhuleni has also appealed to residents to go out in their numbers to facilities made available in the area to view proceedings at the FNB Stadium.
Meanwhile, the Grand Parade is filling up fast as Capetonians gather to watch the national official memorial service for former president.
Massive television screens have been erected at the Grand Parade for the service which is taking place in Johannesburg.
As the sun beats down on the Grand Parade people are clamouring for shade.
Numbers at the venue are expected to increase but many have already arrived to ensure they get a good view while others continue to write messages in condolence books.
South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members are seated at the front of the gathering.