Pretoria travel arrangements for Madiba week of mourning

2013-12-09 12:03
Pretoria - As the capital city of South Africa, Tshwane will be playing a significant part in the national period of mourning.  

A substantial amount of the proceedings will take place within its boundaries, including the observation of the mortal remains of the late President lying in state for three days and various commemorative services.

The City of Tshwane said in a statement that, like the rest of the world, they are in pain at Madiba’s passing, but also fully prepared to lay him to rest.  

The city has activated response teams in Emergency Services, Disaster Management and Metro Police to manage the potential crowd hotspots such as Church Square, the Union Buildings and Madiba Street Park that are the natural attraction points for national mourning and expression of sorrow.

Official operations in Tshwane will run for nine days and will include the lying in state, an official memorial service, and managing the public viewing and mourning sites.

Transport and Roads

Current road construction sites around Tshwane will be reinstatedto allow for heavy traffic flow due to Madiba’s funeral.  

Key road infrastructure includes the following:

- Clean-up or reinstatement of affected roads (Operation Reclaim and Tshwane Rapid Transit) in the CBD and on key routes, starting 7 December.
- Temporary closure of entire sections of roads to the public during the reinstatement.
- Road markings, intersections and traffic signal poles will be cleaned up.
- Guidance signs – from main routes to the key points will be procured and installed.

Air travel

Wonderboom Airport is prepared and can be used immediately for increased aircraft operations.  

Park-and-ride facilities

Due to the anticipated increase in private vehicles, the following park-and-ride facilities have been activated:

- Tshwane Events Centre (TEC) – Park-and-ride 1 (public)
- LC de Villiers Sports Facility – Park-and-ride 2 (public)
- Fountains Valley – Park-and-ride 3 (public)

Public viewing areas and areas of observance

The following sites have been identified as public viewing areas where various entertainment and other activities are set to take place:

- Region 1(a) - Mabopane Indoor Centre (Mawiga Zone)
- Region 1(b) – Giant Stadium (Soshanguve Zone)
- Region 2 – Suurman Community Hall (Hamanskraal Zone)
 - Region 3 – Lucas Moripe Stadium (Atteridgeville Zone)
- Region 4 – Absa Sports Ground (outdoor tent) (Olievenhoutbosch)
- Region 5 – Refilwe Community Hall
- Region 6 – University of Pretoria: Mamelodi Campus
- Region 7 – Bronkhorstspruit Sports Complex/Masakhane Hall

Tshwane road users have reported major congestion in the CBD on social media this morning. Have you been affected? Tell us which roads are currently problematic:

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