How Nelson Mandela Will Be Buried

Arrangements for the state funeral of former South African president Nelson Mandela have started in earnest, as the nation prepares for the main memorial service at FNB Stadium in Soweto on November 10. Mandela will lie in state at the Union Buildings from Wednesday, December 11, to 13 December 2013. More: Nelson Mandela: His Life and Times

Nelson Mandela will be buried, next to his children, in Qunu in the Eastern Cape as he wished.

  • South Africa:  We Were Warned Mandela Was About to Die - Family Friend

    Vanguard, 8 December 2013

    A funeral cortege bearing Nelson Mandela's body will travel through the streets of Pretoria daily on three days before his burial next Sunday, the South African government says. read more »

  • South Africa:  Saying Goodbye to an Icon - Memorial and Funeral Arrangements for Nelson Mandela (analysis)

    Daily Maverick, 6 December 2013

    South Africa will have a national week of mourning until the burial of its former president Nelson Mandela on Sunday, 15 December 2013. President Jacob Zuma has announced that the ... read more »

  • Africa:  South Africa's Big Test - Hosting the World's Goodbye to Madiba (analysis)

    Daily Maverick, 8 December 2013

    The memorial events and funeral of former president Nelson Mandela is of "unprecedented magnitude", the South African government said on Saturday. From security to logistics, a ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Xhosa Funeral Rites - What the World Can Expect After Mandela's Death

    The Star, 7 December 2013

    Nelson Mandela was a member of the Xhosa tribe which is part of the Nguni people. The Xhosa are proud people who believe in the importance of laws, education, and courtesy. read more »

  • South Africa:  Tight Security Expected At Mandela Memorial Service, 7 December 2013

    Government will pull out all the stops to ensure the security of both the memorial service and the laying to rest of late former President Nelson Mandela, Minister in the ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Mandela Centre of Memory Opens Its Doors to the Public, 7 December 2013

    The Nelson Mandela Foundation's Centre of Memory has opened its doors to allow the public to reflect on the life and times of the late former President Nelson Mandela. read more »

  • South Africa:  Condolence Books Keep Madiba's Spirit Alive, 7 December 2013

    Hundreds of South Africans have been gathering at the Union Buildings to pay their respects to former President Nelson Mandela by writing a message in the condolence book. read more »

  • South Africa:  Tshwane Preparing for Influx of Mourners, 8 December 2013

    Preparations are underway to cater for the influx of people who will be coming to the City of Tshwane to view the late former President Nelson Mandela's body at the Union ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Special Airport Service for Mandela's Funeral in Qunu, 8 December 2013

    National Carrier South African Airways will operate a special air transport service to attend the funeral of the late former President Nelson Mandela in Qunu in the Eastern Cape. read more »

  • South Africa:  South Africa Commemorates Mandela With Day of Prayer

    Deutsche Welle, 8 December 2013

    South Africans have been remembering late former president Nelson Mandela in a day of prayers. It is the start of week-long funeral celebrations in honor of Mandela, dubbed the ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Arrangements and Schedule of President Nelson Mandela's State Funeral (press release)

    South African Government, 7 December 2013

    Fellow South Africans read more »

  • South Africa:  Mandela - a Life Worth Celebrating, 8 December 2013

    A life well spent and one that is worth celebrating rang as the theme of the day at a prayer service to honour the late former President Nelson Mandela. read more »

  • South Africa:  Prayer Services to Reflect On the Late Madiba (press release)

    South African Government, 8 December 2013

    Government reiterates President Jacob Zuma's call to faith-based organisations and society at large to hold prayer services across the country to reflect and celebrate the life of ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Govt Calls for All to Observe Day of Prayer, 8 December 2013

    Government has reiterated the call for faith-based organisations and society at large to hold prayer services across the country on Sunday, to reflect on and celebrate the life of ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Songs of Worship Reverberate At Nelson Mandela Foundation, 8 December 2013

    Johannesburg - Songs of worship across various religions rang out at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory as South Africans came out in their numbers to hold prayers and to reflect ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Seven Public Viewing Areas to Be Set Up in Tshwane, 8 December 2013

    The City of Tshwane has announced that it will set up seven public viewing areas where members of the public will be able to gather and celebrate the life of the late former ... read more »

  • South Africa:  How Mandela Will Be Buried

    Leadership, 8 December 2013

    A series of activities heralding the final interment of global statesman, dr. Nelson Mandela, was announced yesterday by the South African government. read more »

  • South Africa:  Prayer Service Pays Tribute to Mandela, 8 December 2013

    Soweto - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe says the country needs to build on the foundations Madiba laid. read more »

  • South Africa:  Mandela Condolence Books Distributed in N West, 8 December 2013

    Pretoria - The North West Provincial Government has distributed condolence books to provincial government departments, the provincial legislature, provincial house of traditional ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Nelson Mandela State Funeral Update, 8 December 2013

    Statement by Minister Collins Chabane on behalf of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the State Funeral read more »

  • South Africa:  South Africans Offer Prayers for Madiba

    Voice of America, 8 December 2013

    Mourners across South Africa heeded President Jacob Zuma's call to take time to worship and pray Sunday for the late president Nelson Mandela. At temples, mosques, synagogues and ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Airspace Restrictions Around Mthatha, 8 December 2013

    All flights scheduled to land at Mthatha Airport must have military authorisation, as restrictions for flight operations have come into effect in preparation for former President ... read more »