SA asked to make noise and sing to remember Mandela

2014-12-05 00:00

WHAT can South Africans do to ­commemorate Nelson Mandela’s legacy today? Make a lot of noise, get your breath back and then start singing.

Acting President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the keynote address at the ­official commemoration ceremony of Nelson Mandela at Freedom Park, ­Pretoria, today.

On behalf of President Jacob Zuma, the government and the Nelson Mandela Foundation call on all South Africans to ring their bells, sirens, use loud hailers and hoot to call the country to attention at exactly three minutes and seven ­seconds to 10 am.

Thereafter, we should observe of a ­moment of silence from 10 am until 10.03 am. After that, we should end by the singing of the national anthem at 10.03 am across the country.

The presidency also urges all South ­Africans to wear their favourite Mandela T-shirt or other memorabilia today.

Presidential spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said all those on social media should participate in a campaign using #RememberMandela to share their memories of Nelson Mandela.

Ramaphosa said: “On 5th December, 2013, we lost the ­father of the nation, one of the most ­revered leaders our country has ever ­produced, Nelson Mandela.

“In his memory we draw strength and comfort from the love, support and unity he bequeathed to the people of South ­Africa, Africa and the world. We are stronger and more united by the legacy he left us.”

As part of the national commemoration service, a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the giant Mandela statue on the Union Buildings lawns at 8 am today.

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