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Golf moved for Madiba services

 Nelson Mandela (File)
Nelson Mandela (File)

Cape Town - A European Tour golf event in Durban will start a day earlier as the country prepares for the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela.

A huge memorial service will take place in Johannesburg on Tuesday before Sunday's state burial in Mandela's

The European Tour's Nelson Mandela Championship at Durban's Mount Edgecombe Country Club will start a day earlier on Wednesday to ensure that all four rounds of the golf tournament are played by Saturday.

"In recognition of the national period of mourning for the passing of former President Mr Nelson Mandela, provision will be made for observing the day of the state funeral for Mr Mandela which will take place on Sunday, December 15," the European Tour said on their website.

"This is during the originally scheduled playing days (from Thursday, December 12 - Sunday, December 15), so the tournament will start a day early, and in that way, the four rounds can be completed by the scheduled close of the event."

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