More stadiums for Mandela mourners

2013-12-08 13:26
A poster outside Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton, in Johannesburg. (GCIS, Sapa)

A poster outside Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton, in Johannesburg. (GCIS, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Three extra stadiums have been made available for those wanting to attend Tuesday's national memorial service in Johannesburg for former president Nelson Mandela.

While the main service would be held at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, overflow stadiums had been provided due to the fact that not all mourners could be accommodated there, the city said in a statement on Sunday.

The three extra venues are Ellis Park, and the Orlando and Dobsonville stadiums, where the national memorial service will be broadcast live. The event is set to start on Tuesday at 11:00.

"Government has arranged for free public transport and park-and-rides to accommodate mourners, and ensure that they are able to get to the stadiums on time."

The city warned that no cars would be allowed near the FNB Stadium, known to locals as the Calabash, and that roads around the venue would be closed from midnight on Monday, with a "total shutdown" from early on Tuesday morning.

"Mourners are urged to choose which stadium they want to attend the national memorial service and take heed of the details... in respect of travelling to the different stadiums, and plan their trips accordingly.

"Entrance to FNB Stadium is on a first come, first serve basis," it said.

Once it was full mourners would be directed to other stadiums, and should listen to their local radio stations and follow social media.

"Mourners are urged to arrive early at the stadiums. [They] will open at 07:00. Parking venues and bus services will be operating from 06:00."

It said normal bus services offered by Rea Vaya, Metrobus and Putco in and around Johannesburg could be disrupted.

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