Cape Town to hold Madiba tribute on Grand Parade

2013-12-06 09:54
Cape Town -  An interfaith religious ceremony will be held on the Grand Parade on Friday at 5pm in honour of the Father of our nation, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.  .

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille made the announcement at the Civic Centre earlier today, saying "The whole world is grieving. Today, everyone is a South's hard to say goodbye"

The City of Cape Town would be providing free inbound transport between 12:00 and 15:00 and outbound transport from 19:00.

De Lille also announced that the Cape Town City Hall and Civic Centre have been activated as a public viewing area where residents can sign condolences book

A number of roads in Cape Town and Johannesburg have been closed to accommodate events marking the passing of Nelson Mandela.  

Hundreds of South Africans have gathered at Nelson Mandela’s home in Houghton, Johannesburg, to pay their respects to the former President. There is a high police presence and roads leading to the home have been blocked off.

EWN reports that in Johannesburg there are road restrictions along Central Street, 3rd, 13th and 11th Avenue around Madiba’s home. Drivers can expect delays.  

Road closures are as follows:

-Longmarket and Corporation Streets

-Darling between Plein and Buitenkant Streets

- Parade Street between Longmarket and Darling Streets

-Corporation Street between Longmarket and Caledon Streets

*Temporary Closures and vehicular restrictions will be in effect in the following roads up until 00:00.
Access will be given to residents and business only. In some roads deliveries will be permitted.

- Adderley Street between Bureau and Strand Streets

- Castle Street between Darling and Strand Streets

- Church Street between Adderley and Burg Streets

- Hout Street between Burg and Adderley Streets

- Lower Plein Street Strand and Darling/ Castle Streets

- Parliament Street between Darling and Longmarket Streets

- Sir Lowry Road between Tennant and Darling Street

Details are slowing emerging across South Africa but other planned tributes that have been announced include the Johannesburg Stock Exchange will pausing trading for five minutes at 11:00


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