9 ways in which you can pay tribute to Madiba in the next 9 days

2013-12-06 20:14

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South Africa is in a period of 10 days of national mourning after the death of Nelson Mandela.

Here and abroad, people have spontaneously started celebrating the late statesman’s life by gathering at his homes and laying flowers in places where they remember him.

Here are some of the things you can do in the next few days – leading up to Madiba’s funeral on Sunday, December 15 – to pay tribute:

» Attend a memorial service. Sunday, December 8, has been declared a national day of prayer and reflection. Zuma has called on 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”. Find a gathering or organise your own.

See also: Where to mourn

» Attend the official memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday or gather with loved ones and watch it live on television. It is also likely that large parts of his funeral in Qunu will be televised although it will be a private affair.

» Go to the Union Buildings from Wednesday to Friday to sign a tribute book for Mandela and say a final farewell to him as he lies in state.

» Official memorial services and those organised by the ANC will be held in each province and some regions. Some of these will be attended by family members. Everyone is invited.

» Leave flowers at one of Madiba’s homes – in Houghton, Soweto or Qunu – or any other place where his presence is felt such as Johannesburg’s Nelson Mandela Bridge or Sandton Square, Pretoria’s Union Buildings or Cape Town’s Grand Parade.

» Go and see the film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which has just started showing (screenings were temporarily suspended today to honour Mandela). It is a dramatised account of Madiba’s life as a freedom fighter, prisoner and a peacemaker – and be sure to take a tissue.

» Vote in next year’s elections and guard attacks against our democracy fiercely. This is what Madiba fought for his entire life.

» Go out and make a difference, bring people in different communities together and do good to others by getting involved in Mandela Day activities, every day.

» Leave your message for Madiba and his family on our remembrance wall on our home page. Or SMS your message to 35591 (SMSes charged at R1.50).

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