Government announced on its website the following travel arrangements and road closures for the momentous event and encouraged all South Africans to attend if possible.
Twenty-six heads of State and 11 Prime Ministers and/or Vice-Presidents are expected to attend the proceedings. The event will kick off with invited guests and members of the public arriving at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings and the Southern Lawns from 08:00 on Saturday morning.
No private vehicle access to the Union Buildings or the area immediately surrounding the venue will be allowed, but Park and Ride facilities will be available.
Tshwane Metro Police will effect road closures in and around the Union Buildings precinct even though the event is taking place on a weekend and motorists are kindly requested to adhere to the arrangements made for this day.
Park and Ride details
The Park and Ride facility for invited guests and VIPs will be at Rietondale Park on Soutpansberg Road - and it will be open from o5:00.
Guests who will be transported from Rietondale Park are expected to be seated in the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings by 08:30.
The Park and Ride for members of the public will be at the Tshwane Events Centre - and it will operate from 06:00.
A number of road closures, detailed below, will be in operation around the Union Buildings and Bryntirion. Residents in streets affected by these closures will be asked to present their municipal accounts – or certified copies thereof – at the traffic control points.
Road closures immediately surrounding the Union Building:
From 06:00 on 21 May 2014 until 18:00 on 26 May 2014:
Wessels Street between Pretorius and Stanza Bopape Street.
From 06:00 on 23 May 2014 until 19:00 on 24 May 2014:
Government Avenue between Edmond Street and Blackwood Street; Madiba Street between Zeederberg Street and Stanza Bopape Street.
From 22:00 on 23 May 2014 until 19:00 on 24 May 2014:
Edmond Street between Hamilton Street and Government Avenue;
Madiba Street between Hamilton and Zeederberg streets;
Zeederberg Street between Stanza Bopape and Madiba streets;
Government Avenue between Blackwood and Dumbarton streets;
Blackwood Street between Stanza Bopape Street and Government Avenue;
Pine Street between Stanza Bopape Street and Government Avenue;
Beckett Street between Stanza Bopape Street and Government Avenue;
East Avenue between Stanza Bopape Street and Government Avenue;
Eastwood Street between Stanza Bopape Street and Tom Jenkins Drive;
Lisdogan Avenue between Stanza Bopape Street and Government Avenue;
Balmoral Avenue between Stanza Bopape Street and Government Avenue;
Dumbarton Street between Stanza Bopape Street and Government Avenue;
Tom Jenkins Drive between Russell Eastwood streets;
From 00:00 until 19:00 on 24 May 2014
Hamilton Street between Soutpansberg Road and Pretorius Street;
Stanza Bopape Street between Steve Biko and Jan Shoba streets;
Madiba Street between Steve Biko and Hamilton streets;
Edmond Street between Steve Biko and Hamilton streets;
Leyds Street between Pretorius and Stanza Bopape streets;
Johan Street between Pretorius and Stanza Bopape streets;
Beckett Street between Pretorius and Stanza Bopape streets;
Eastwood Street between Pretorius and Stanza Bopape streets;
Wessels Street between Frances Baard and Park streets.
Residents living in affected streets are asked to choose the shortest route or closest entry and exit points for access because Stanza Bopape Street and Government Avenue will be a traffic-free zone.
Normal bus routes and public transport routes will be diverted as well on 24 May 2014.
Traffic control points will be set up at the following intersections:
Soutpansberg and Hamilton
Stanza Bopape and Hamilton
Stanza Bopape and Gordon
Soutpansberg and Gordon
Construction on the Bus Rapid Transit project will continue.Tshwane Bus Service will operate about 80 buses between the Tshwane Events Centre (Tshwabec) on Stanza Bopape Street in the west of the city from 06:00 on May 24.
These buses will transport members of the public to the Southern Lawns of the Union Buildings.
Members of the public attending the occasion are advised that the following items are forbidden at the event:
- Alcohol or drugs
- Firearms or weapons
- Bottles or cans.
The Department of Arts and Culture will, in the course of the next few days, host a detailed briefing on the cultural programme for May 24, which will feature a morning session with a diverse range of performances spanning DJs, hip-hop and salsa acts, Afrikaans pop, jazz ensembles, Sotho and Tswana dance.
All South Africans were encouraged to attend in the announcement, with those who cannot attend advised to follow proceedings on television and radio, or at 47 public viewing areas in the provinces."