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Union Buildings procession route announced

Members of the public are encouraged by government to form a guard of honour along the route.

The Union Buildings in Pretoria where Nelson Mandela's body will lie in state from 11 to 13 December. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Government on Tuesday announced the route that former president Nelson Mandela's body will travel in procession.

His body will lie in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria between Wednesday and Friday this week.

Mandela passed away at the age of 95 on Thursday evening.

Government invited members of the public to form a guard of honour each morning along the route as his body is transported to the seat of government.

Every day from 11 to 13 December, a procession will leave the 1 Military Hospital at 7am.

It will pass by Thaba Tshwane and arrive at the Union Buildings just before 8am.

Only the Mandela family and VVIPs will be able to view the body on Wednesday from 10am to 12pm.

Members of the public will then file past the body from 12pm to 5.30pm.

The public will have access to casket from 8am to 5.30pm on Thursday and Friday.

Government says mourners must note that cameras, including cellphones, will not be allowed at the Union Buildings.

It also says the City of Tshwane will have park-and-ride facilities for the public at the Tshwane Events Centre, LC De Villiers Sports Facility in Hatfield and Fountains Valley Park.

Full route:

Kgosi Mampuru Street from Jeff Masemola Street to Madiba Street

Madiba Street from Kgosi Mampuru Street until the Union Buildings

For an up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the various events taking place this week, including information on transport, see EWN's special guide, Saying goodbye to Madiba: Event planner, or the shorter guide, _ Mandela events: Brief information guide._