Official ceremony to mark Madiba’s death

Former president Nelson Mandela passed away at his Houghton home on 5 December.

A portrait of Nelson Mandela by Australian born photographer Adrian Steirn has sold for R2 million, a record for a South African photograph. Picture: Supplied/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Government has announced plans to hold an official ceremony on the first anniversary of Nelson Mandela's death.

It will include a ceremony in Pretoria and a call for people to live Madiba's values.

South Africa's first democratically elected president passed away on the 5 December last year, f ollowing a lengthy period of hospitalisation.

The official ceremony will start at 8am.

A wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Mandela statue, situated on the lawns of the Union Buildings.

This will be followed by a commemorative event at Freedom Park, which will be attended by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

At 09:57am, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini asked places of worship, factories, schools and the like to ring their bells and sirens to call the country to attention.

It will be followed by a moment of silence.

"The moment of silence will be broken by the singing of the national anthem."

South Africans have also been asked to share their memories of Madiba on social media.

WATCH: South Africans remember Nelson Mandela on 6 December 2013, the day after his passing.