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Annie Lennox confirmed for CT memorial

Annie Lennox will perform with Freshly Ground and other SA musicians at the CT Stadium.

Annie Lennox will perform alongside Freshly Ground and other SA musicians at the Cape Town Stadium. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - As Capetonians get ready to pay their last respects to the man dubbed the 'father of the nation', Tata Madiba, international singer Annie Lennox will be performing alongside local favourites such as Freshly Ground, Johnny Clegg and Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Cape Town's memorial event for Nelson Mandela this afternoon.

High profile speakers such as Mayor Patricia de Lille, rugby legend Francois Pienaar and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille will be addressing the crowd at the commemorative event at the Cape Town Stadium in Greenpoint.

Around 53,000 people are expected to attend the event.

The stage, fitted with a white dome, is set and artists are busy doing sound checks.

There are rows of white and black chairs on the stadium ground and city volunteers and police have been deployed across the precinct.

Unlike Tuesday's memorial service in Johannesburg, no rain is expected in the Mother City.

'Nelson Mandela: A life celebrated' will kick-off at 4pm, but the public is encouraged to get there earlier as gates open at 2pm.

City of Cape Town Spokeswoman Priya Reddy says everyone wants to pay their last respects to the world icon.

"If you have the coupon, make sure that you get down to the Cape Town Stadium. If you have extra coupons, please give them to people you know."

Meanwhile, the route previously used as the fan walk during the 2010 soccer world cup will this afternoon be activated as the a 'Walk of Remembrance' and various roads around the stadium will be closed.

The coupon for entry to the memorial service allows free access to public transport including the MyCiti bus service, Golden Arrow bus services, and Metrorail.

Capetonians who didn't get their coupons needn't feel left out as big screens will broadcast the event at the Grand Parade and Adderley Street in the Cape Town CBD.

TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURES

City of Cape Town traffic services say road closures along 'Walk of Remembrance' will come into effect from 2pm this afternoon.

Authorities say extra police and security have been deployed to control crowds in and around the CBD.

City traffic service official Richard Coleman says, "We've got quite a number of road closures around the parade area so we would just like to ask the public with cars to stay away from that area."

For a full update on this afternoon's road closures, click here.