The Official Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela
will be broadcast live on DStv's news channels from 10:00 on Tuesday 10 December.
In addition to that,various news channels, including Al Jazeera and BBC World News, on the DStv bouquet will
also cover the proceedings. Times are yet to be confirmed, so stay tuned to DStv.com for updates.
Madiba’s memorial service, which is open to the public, will take
place at the FNB Stadium in Soweto.
Gates will open at
6:00 and the service will commence at 11:00. No private cars will be
allowed into the stadium and park-and-rides as well as the Rea Vaya
public transport service will be used.
Because a large number of people are expected to be in attendance,
stadia that include Orlando Stadium, Ellis Park and Dobsonville will act
as overflow venues where people can watch service from big screens.
The number of international dignitaries due to arrive in South
Africa to attend Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday and
funeral on Sunday is on the rise.
The Times has reported that British Prime Minister David Cameron will be joined by former prime ministers, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and John Major at Madiba's funeral on Sunday in Qunu.
This afternoon, the South African government confirmed that presidents and former presidents of over 80 countries will be attending the activities that have been planned around Madiba's passing.
Among the confirmed attendees are: President Seretse Khama Ian Khama of Botswana, President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Raul Castro Ruz of Cuba, President Francois Hollande of France, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Prince Charles the Prince of Wales, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and President Joyce Banda of Malawi.
Barack and Michelle Obama have reportedly granted former American presidents, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W Bush as well as their wives seats on Air Force One and all will be present at Madiba’s memorial service.
In addition to that, 26 American congressmen are also making their way to South Africa.
It is not yet clear which international dignitaries will be present at the state funeral in Qunu on Sunday 15 December.
President Dilma Rousseff, who is the current president of Brazil, will be attending with four former heads of state: Jose Sarney, Fernando Collor de Mello, Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Lula da Silva. Furthermore, 13 African heads of state whose names are still to be revealed will also be present. Among countries, organisations such as the World Bank and the United Nations will also be represented.
South African president Jacob Zuma will address the crowds at the stadia and the nation at the memorial service. Tributes from heads of states as well as words from other important guests are expected to be shared at the memorial service.
Tune into the special Nelson Mandela Tribute channel on DStv Channel 199 and celebrate Madiba's life by submitting your tribute.