The Diplomatic Society

 
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Arrangements for the laying to rest of former President Nelson Mandela

06 Dec 2013

Compatriots and friends around the world,

We meet on the second day of the passing of our beloved founding President of a free and democratic South Africa, His Excellency Nelson Mandela.

We sincerely thank all South Africans for the dignified manner in which they have responded to the monumental loss of this international icon who was a symbol of reconciliation, unity, love, human rights and justice in our country and the world.

We thank the Heads of State and Government, international organisations and eminent persons around the world who continue to send messages of condolence and support to the family and all South Africans.

We announced yesterday that the Former President will be accorded a State Funeral. He will be laid to rest on the 15th of December, in Qunu in the Eastern Cape province.

We should all work together to organise the most befitting funeral for this outstanding son of our country and the father of our young nation.

We have declared Sunday, 8th of December as a national day of prayer and reflection.

We call upon all our people to gather in halls, churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and in their homes for prayer services and meditation, reflecting on the life of Madiba and his contribution to our country and the world.

The main activities of the national week of mourning are as follows;

The official memorial service will be held on the 10th of December at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

From the 11th to the 13th of December, the remains of our beloved Madiba will lie in state at the seat of government, the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where he served as the first President of this young democracy. During these days, official memorial services will also be held in all provinces and regions.

Once again we thank all South Africans for the dignity, respect and the support that has been provided to the Mandela family, from the period of Madiba's illness to his eventual passing.

The outpouring of love that we experienced locally and abroad was unprecedented.

It demonstrates the calibre of leader that was Madiba.

We will always love Madiba for teaching us that it is possible to overcome hatred and anger in order to build a new nation and a new society.

We will spend the week mourning his passing.

We will also spend it celebrating a life well lived, a life that we must all emulate for the betterment of our country and Africa.

Long live Madiba!

I thank you.
 

Issued by: The Presidency

 


 
 
 
 

_________________________________________________

February 2017 Edition

 border = 0
_________________________________________________

Translater


 
 
Slide-0
Slide-1
Slide-2
Slide-3
Slide-4
Slide-5
Slide-6
Slide-7
Slide-8
Slide-9
Slide-10
Slide-12
Slide-13
Slide-14
01/14 
start stop bwd fwd
 
 

Children’s hospital designed by children 15 February 2017 The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH) in Johannesburg South Africa has taken every care to make sure that sick children have... <|> Najm us Saqib’s novel 'BAOO' launched in South Africa 12 February 2017 Mr Najm us Saqib, High Commissioner of Pakistan in South Africa has launched his book 'BAOO' in Pretoria. This is the first... <|> Shaping the global order – foreign policy beyond crisis management 17 February 2017 South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane concluded a successful... <|> South Africa-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership 19 February 2017 International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has concluded a successful working visit to Beijing... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> Redistribution of Powers: New Stage of Kazakhstan’s Democracy Development 23 February 2017 By the end of February 2017 the project on constitutional reform in Kazakhstan will be presented for... <|> Red Cross Humanitarian Diplomacy:  Providing  Humanitarian Relief for 150 years By Srimal Fernando Global EditorThe Diplomatic Society  Looking back at the past  hundred... <|> Oslo & Bergen Travel Expos 2017: Successful Promotion of South Africa 24 February 2017 The South African Mission in Oslo, Norway participated in the annual Oslo Travel Expo 13-15 January 2017,... <|> Gauteng to convert public buildings into economic precincts 1 March 2017 Johannesburg – The Gauteng provincial government wants to convert some of its public buildings, including schools, clinics... <|> Sound of Buenos Aires comes to Africa 27 February 2017 Blending the sensuality of tango and the improvisation of jazz, Latin Grammy-nominated Argentinian band Escalandrum has created a sound that... <|>
© copyright 2011-2017| The Diplomatic Society| All Rights Reserved.