Pretoria road closures for Mandela events

2013-12-09 21:42
(Jerome Cartillier, AFP)

(Jerome Cartillier, AFP)

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Johannesburg - Several streets in the Pretoria CBD were closed off on Monday for touch-ups ahead of events planned to commemorate former president Nelson Mandela.

"This is to allow refurbishment works on key routes that were under construction as a result of 'Operation Reclaim' and have them reinstated to their original state," the City of Tshwane said in a statement.

"The work that has to be concluded includes the repainting of road markings along main routes, repair and replacement of traffic signals, as well as fixing up and cleaning the streets."

The streets that would be affected were Madiba Street from Paul Kruger to Lilian Ngoyi, and Thabo Sehume Street would be closed off from the intersection of Johannes Ramokhoase to Pretorius.

Pretorius Street would be closed off from Lilian Ngoyi to Paul Kruger.

Motorists were advised to use alternative routes.

While the street repairs were expected to continue for several more months, the city said it would re-open the affected streets late on Monday.

"[We have] planned accordingly to ensure that [we are] able to deal with and manage the mass influx to the city centre and the Union Buildings during this period," said the city.

Mandela's body is to lie in state at the Union Buildings from Wednesday to Friday.

The former statesman died at his Houghton, Johannesburg, home on Thursday. He was 95.

He will be buried in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday.

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