AS the world mourns the loss of Nelson Mandela, Pietermaritzburg residents have various ways they can pay their respects. Yesterday, the municipality launched the official tribute site at the memorial gardens next to the city hall. Mayor Chris Ndlela, along with other municipal councillors, opened the site by laying wreaths and signing a condolence book prior to the special sitting of the national Parliament yesterday which was broadcast on a big screen inside city hall. The tribute site lies against a fence lined with pictures of Mandela in all stages of his life with quotes lining the bottom of the pictures. Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said: “All members of the public are welcome to come and pay their respects. We have made a special walk way so the public can access the garden [despite the road works]. The garden will be opened during working hours until the funeral.” In addition to the tribute site, the municipality has also set up public viewing areas (PVAs) where the public can watch live feeds of both the memorial service and funeral. There are five Msunduzi sponsored PVAs at: Wadley Stadium (Edendale); Copesville Sports Field; Alexandra Park; Taylor’s Halt Stadium and Blackburn Stadium (Sweetwaters). Each venue will accommodate up to 2 000 people and will have no catering services. Nkosi urged the public to take their own refreshments. There are also books available to write messages of tribute at all municipal libraries, all area-based management offices; the city hall; the Professor Nyembezi Building; and the A.S. Chetty Building. After laying his wreath, the mayor expressed his thanks to Mandela for all the sacrifices he made and said that although no one is in the same class as the former president, he hopes that we can emulate his best qualities.