Letters to Mandela: 69 commemorative books open across SA

2013-12-09 15:27

Zee News report states that former president Nelson Mandela’s funeral will be the biggest the world has ever seen. Gauteng Province’s Roads and Transport MEC, Ismail Vadi said that Madiba’s funeral, to be held in his ancestral home of Qunu on 15 December, is expected to be larger than the funerals of Princess Diana, Michael Jackson and Pope John Paul II, combined. 

While a number of key events have been planned to honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela, the sad truth is not everybody will be able to attend.

The government has developed a commemorative book system, made up of 69 condolence books that will allow members of the public who cannot make the key events to leave messages to the Nelson Mandela

See the respective locations allocated by the South African government here

The City of Cape Town has urged residents to leave tribute messages for Madiba

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu also encouraged South Africans to sign the condolence books made available in all districts of the provinces. 

Mchunu also said that there will be further opportunities for leaving commemorative messages, at the KZN Provincial Memorial Service for Madiba at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Friday, 13 December, as similarly in the other provinces. Details of the Moses Mabhida event have yet to be announced. 

In Johannesburg, this morning, the African National Congress (ANC) and its alliance parties have laid out condolence books for tribute messages, at its Johannesburg headquarters. The South African Government news agency announced that condolence books in the North West have been distributed to provincial government departments, the provincial legislature, provincial house of traditional leaders and municipalities.

Following the official 10 days of mourning, these books will be collected and bound into a commemorative book and then sent to the Nelson Mandela Centre of memory. 


But the commemorative book system for Mandela is certainly not exclusive to South Africa. 


The Bristol Post reported that Bristol City Council in the United Kingdom has launched an online book as well as a physical book that can be signed by those wanting to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, who dies on Thursday. The Chicago Tribune similarly reported that Chicagoans in the United States will be able to leave their tributes for Mandela, making mention to equal activity in Michigan and Washington State. 


Click here to find out where you can write your tribute message to Mandela - National Places of Tribute

Alternatively, The Nelson Mandela Foundation has created forms on its website for you to support the government and the Mandela Family by sending your message to: condolences.

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