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Nelson Mandelas memorial events and funeral

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The memorial events and funeral of former president Nelson Mandela is of “unprecedented magnitude”, the South African government said on Saturday. From security to logistics, a massive planning operation involving multiple state departments is unfolding. With the world’s attention on South Africa, government has to ensure the smooth running of all the events where thousands of people, foreign dignitaries and a massive media contingent will gather over the next week to bid farewell to Madiba. So far, it is off to a bumpy start. Meanwhile, ordinary people are flocking to sites associated with Mandela to mourn and pay tribute. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.

Millions of people on the planet have their eyes on South Africa, watching the most prominent global citizen being remembered, celebrated and eventually laid to rest. The South African government is in charge of all the national events, including the state funeral at Qunu, three days of public viewing of Madiba’s remains as his body lies in state at the Union Buildings and a mass memorial service at the Johannesburg's FNB Stadium on Tuesday.

Arrangements for all these events were unclear by Saturday afternoon, as Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane struggled to answer questions from journalists about logistics. An estimated 2,500 local and foreign journalists are being accredited to cover the various events. Chabane told the media briefing that Cabinet was overseeing the coordination of a range of processes, which was being managed by a National Joint Operational Centre of South Africa’s security forces.

“It is the norm that at events of this magnitude and importance, the South African Police Service, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), Metro Police, intelligence agencies and representatives of various departments and entities jointly plan operations and marshal resources,” Chabane said.

The South African National Defence Force, which is in charge of the state funeral, has recalled all members on leave to return to their units, bases or stations immediately. Chabane said Mandela’s body was being prepared by the Military Health Service of the SANDF to lie in state at the Union Buildings from Wednesday, 11 December to Friday, 13 December. On Saturday, 14 December, the former president’s remains will be transported to the Eastern Cape from the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria.

Government is in close contact with the Mandela family to ensure that all events conform to the family’s wishes and are culturally compliant, Chabane said.

One of the biggest headaches for the government will be hosting of foreign heads of state, who require special security, transport and accommodation requirements. Chabane was unable to say how many world leaders are coming to South Africa and which events they will be attending. He said it was up to them to choose whether to attend the memorial service at FNB stadium on Tuesday or the funeral in Qunu on Sunday.

The White House has already announced that US President Barack Obama and his wife will be coming to South Africa. US Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard said the Obamas would attend the memorial service on Tuesday. A series of announcements are to be made by the US Embassy regarding the visit. Obama’s trip to South Africa earlier this year involved a massive security and logistics operation by the South African and US governments. However on this visit, Obama’s logistics will have to comply with the arrangements for the dozens of other heads of state. The United Nations confirmed on Saturday that UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon would travel to South Africa to attend the memorial service on Tuesday.

Chabane said government could not estimate how many people would attend the memorial service – although the FNB stadium could only accommodate about 70,000 people. He said overflow areas would be set up to accommodate people who could not fit into the stadium.

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The South African National Defence Force has cancelled all leave to have over 11 000 soldiers help with logistical and security arrangements for Nelson Mandela's memorial and funeral services this week, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Sunday.

“It is all systems go,” Mapisa-Nqakula said by telephone.

“It is already under way. We are rolling out a plan which has been in place for the past three or four years.”

The 11 000 soldiers would be deployed countrywide to support police for the myriad events planned, starting with a memorial service at the 94 000-seater FNB stadium in Soweto.

With US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle among the heads of state confirmed, the three main entry points to the country would be OR Tambo International, east of Johannesburg, Lanseria International Airport and the Waterkloof Airforce Base outside Pretoria.

Earlier Eastern Cape premier Noxolo Kiviet said the Mthatha airport would only be used for landing of heads of state.

VIPs and members of the public could use the Port Elizabeth and East London airports.

Soldiers were already in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape in a “tent town”, ready for the large number of local and international visitors and journalists.

South Africa's defence force was originally an amalgamation of soldiers of the apartheid government's South African Defence Force, and those from the military wings of various anti-apartheid movements, such as Umkhonto we Sizwe.

Mapisa-Nqakula said there would be some no-fly zones. The plan was being developed by the department of transport, the SA Civil Aviation Authority and the air force.
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Johannesburg - Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula paid tribute to the doctors and nurses who cared for former president Nelson Mandela until he died on Thursday night.

“These are the people who for the past three... four years have spent their lives and days looking after this man,” said Mapisa-Nqakula by telephone.

“They left their families, they relocated... to take care of Tata.”

She said that on the night he died, the medical staff said their final farewells to him and left the room.

When they filed down the stairs, she almost broke down in tears when she saw them.

“I have instructed the South African National Defence Force that they shall be rewarded and honoured for the work they have done.”

She said that includes that police officers and the household staff at his Houghton and Qunu homes.

Mandela's widow Graca Machel has insisted that at Mandela's memorial at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday and at his funeral in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, they be acknowledged, she continued.

With the South African National Defence Force responsible for his medical care, it used a panel of about 20 doctors drawn from the SANDF, the reserve force, and some university professors.
Though I would start a seprate thread from condolances and the event
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Cape Town - Shortly after dawn on Friday, there were 10 SANDF Nyala troop carriers parked outside Nelson Mandela’s homestead in Qunu, Transkei.

In addition, there was an assortment of police and traffic enforcement vehicles, two ambulances to cover emergencies, various unmarked official cars and bakkies, as well as heavily armed soldiers in uniform patrolling the perimeter.

On the other side of the national highway stood no more than a dozen journalists, some twiddling knobs and fine-tuning satellite dishes, one or two interviewing local residents, and others chewing pensively on pens and studying the mute and uncommunicative forms of locked gates and four-square men in uniform for clues.

Still others were catching up on sleep lost between hearing of the passing of Mandela at 10pm on Thursday night and hurtling in from wherever they were to be at what will be the final resting place of not only South Africa’s greatest son, but also a senior chief of the Thembu royal line.

But for the most part, life goes on as usual in the hill country.

Dogs fight over scraps of food, hens peck, pigs forage; and young men in twos and threes criss-cross the valleys, bearing knobkieries.

Herds of sheep showing scant respect for the presence of authority bleat and bounce among the war machines.

Old men pull up chairs and settle in to watch the passing parade and the circus pulling into town again.

Kids arrive and leave again.

A couple of brassy girls hang out and offer themselves to the camera.

But mostly, while the whole world misses a beat at the death of Africa’s greatest son, Qunu carries on much as usual.

It is not that the people don’t care – these people are Mandela’s own – it is just that they have an unsentimental and realistic streak. They will celebrate and remember in more tangible ways.
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The security arrangements needed for an event like this, with the kind of people that are taking part in the funeral, are mind blowing

The costs of transporting all the different secret services and all their equipment
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Yep there will a lot of men in suits and dark glasses around.
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So far 91 VVIPs will be in SA.
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JOHANNESBURG — From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, from Scandinavia to the Caribbean, heads of state from around the world are descending on South Africa to take part in an enormous farewell to Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, presenting the government with a security test, logistical challenge and protocol quiz all rolled into one.

South African authorities scrambled on Monday to receive scores of visiting dignitaries — and tens of thousands of their own people — for the national memorial, which will take place in the World Cup soccer stadium where Mr. Mandela made his last public appearance, in 2010.

“The world literally is coming to South Africa,” said Clayson Monyela, the head of public diplomacy in the South African government. “I don’t think it has ever happened before.”

The government said the ceremony in the stadium would rank “among the biggest gatherings of world leaders in history.” It was expected to exceed the number of world leaders that attended the funeral of Pope John Paul II in 2005, which had heads of state or government from more than 70 countries, described then as an unprecedented collection of power for a papal funeral.

“Pope John Paul’s funeral brought together 70 heads of state & 14 leaders of other regions,” Mr. Monyela said on Twitter on Monday. “We’re already over 91 & counting.”

As workers busied themselves constructing a stage at the stadium and putting up panels of bulletproof glass to protect the visiting dignitaries, President Obama boarded Air Force One on Monday with his wife, Michelle, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

Mr. Obama will be among the foreign politicians speaking at the event. But he could find a somewhat chilly reception backstage, considering that President Raúl Castro of Cuba and President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, who has sharply rebuked the Obama administration over revelations that the National Security Agency had spied on her, are among the other speakers.
There will be a lot of presdents there, not all who like one another.
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A list of VIPs

Afghan President Hamid Karzai. - Angolan Vice President Manuel Vincent. - Argentinian Acting President Amado Boudou. - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. - Bahamas' Prime Minister Perry Christie. - Bangladesh's President Abdul Hamid. - Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Rupo and King Philippe. - Benin's President Boni Yayi. - Botswana's President Seretse Ian Khama. - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and three predecessors, including Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. - British Prime Minister David Cameron, deputy PM Nick Clegg and former Prime Minister Tony Blair. - Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza. - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and three of his predecessors. - Chadian President Idriss Deby. - Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao. - Comoros' President Ikiliou Dhoinine. - Congo's President Joseph Kabila. - Croatian President Ivo Josipovic. - Cuban President Raul Castro. - Czech Foreign Minister Jan Kohout. - Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Prince Frederik. - Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh. - East Timor's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao. - El Salvador's Foreign Minister Jaime Miranda. - Equatorial Guinea's President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. - Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. - European Union Council President Herman Van Rompuy. - Finnish President Sauli Niinisto. - French President Francois Hollande and his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy. - Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba. - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh. - German President Joachim Gauck. - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama. - Guinean President Alpha Conde. - Guyana's President Donald Ramotar. - Haitian President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. - Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Congress party leader Sonia Ghandi. - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. - Irish President Michael Higgins. - Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta. - Ivory Coast's President Allasane Ouattara. - Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. - Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito and former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda. - Jordanian Queen Rania and Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour. - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. - Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati. - Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane. - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. - Malawi's President Joyce Banda. - Malaysian Energy Minister Maximus Ongkili. - Mauritius' Prime Minister Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. - Mexican President Pena Nieto. - Morocco's Prince Moulay Rachid. - Mozambique's President Armando Emilio Guebuza. - Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba. - Nepalese Foreign Minister Madhav Prassad Ghimire. - The Netherlands' Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans and King Willem-Alexander. - Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou. - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. - Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Crown Prince Haakon. - Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain. - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. - Philippines' Vice President Jejomar Binay. - Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski and former President Lech Walesa. - Portuguese President Cavaco Silva. - Saudi-Arabia's Deputy Prime Minister Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. - Senegalese President Macky Sall. - Serbian President Tomislav Nicolic. - Seychelles President James Michel. - Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak. - Slovenia's President Borut Pahor. - South Korean Prime Minister Hongwon Chung. - South Sudan's President Salva Kir Mayardi. - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Prince Felipe. - Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa. - Sudanese Vice President Bakri Hassan Salih. - Suriname's President Desire Delan Bouterse. - Swaziland's Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini. - Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Princess Victoria. - Swiss President Ulrich Maurer. - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete. - Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. - Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki. - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. - U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay. - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his predecessor Kofi Annan. - U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as well as former presidents George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary. - Uruguay's Foreign Minister Luis Almagro. - Vatican official Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana. - Venezuela's President Nicolas M
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Been catching parts of it on the 'tube. Most moving, to say the least. Oddly, I'm discovering more about him in death than I did previously to it. Caught an interview with Bono waxing kind and personally reflective. Madiba is definitely a man on my short-short list of profound human beings with the ability to forgive and love former enemies in spite of (if me) seemingly few reasons to do so beyond strength of character and what could only be a helluva intestinal fortitude gene, that is with all things I'm now considering. Like 27-years of your life spent in prison. I seriously doubt I could do the same, and it wouldn't take anywhere near 27-years to work up massive amounts of animosity, and animosity would just be for starts to get warmed up.

Good man, great humanitarian legacy. People; some that is, could take a lesson. You don't have to hate an entire race of people just because you hate a particular system that a good many may be part of directly or indirectly. Doubt we'll be seeing the likes of Nelson Rolihlahla (Troublemaker) Mandela anytime soon. Seemed like the kinda guy I could sit-down and have a beer and 'burger with and enjoy every moment of it.

Have a good voyage, Mr. Mandela. Find my Pop...he was an admirer of yours. For you and Pop...
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Bit of a hicup

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Pretoria - There was a near fight at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday as kings, queens, princes, princesses, presidents and prime ministers were caught up in a melee of security officials as they tried to get to their seats in time for the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.

South African police officers would not allow the security guards or other officials of the heads of state and government to accompany them to the upper VVIP gallery of the stadium.

“Only prime ministers, presidents, kings and princes in here,” said one official sternly.

This led to shouting, jostling and pushing, which seemed at one point to be about to break into fisticuffs.

Glamorous Queen Rania of Jordan was one of those who looked bemused as her guards and officials battled with the South African police.

“I’m with the queen, I’m with the queen,” one Jordanian official screamed as the guards manhandled him away from the door.

EU council president Herman van Rompuy’s entourage also battled to force a passage for him through the crowd.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Botswana’s President Ian Khama, Benin’s President Yayi Boni and Spanish Crown Prince Felipe de Borbon were other leaders who tried hard to maintain their dignity as their officials did battle with the guardians of the VVIP enclosure.

“It’s mayhem there,” said one foreign diplomat.

Eventually the SAPS brought in military police as reinforcements and restored some order.

Some embassies complained that the logistics had been chaotic in other ways, saying they were not told until their leaders arrived whether they would have transport and security.

Others shrugged off the security and logistics glitches as routine for large gatherings of leaders and hardly surprising for one on this scale - possible the largest such gathering in history.

Though a precise figure is hard to calculate because it depends on the definition, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation said about 100 current or former heads of state or government were in the stadium to pay tribute to the global icon.
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Yes and it was exepect. Every VIP protected problay thinks there charge is the most V VIP. Still noitce how the US SS was not one of those menstioned.
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The atmosphere was split into two today in the Tshwane CBD; the line dividing the celebrations, dancing and chanting, from the weeping, crying and gloom behind the Union Building’s fences.
Wednesday marked the first day that former President Nelson Mandela would lie in state, which allowed members of the public to view his body.
The streets outside of the Union Buildings were filled with members of the public, marching and singing cultural songs, all in the spirit of Mandela.*The feeling among the waiting public was that this is what Mandela would have wanted, and that it was best to celebrate his life as opposed to mourning his death.
The ambience on the streets was jovial, with scores of people getting involved and celebrating Mandela’s life in a way that reflected Mandela’s character; happiness, love and smiles that could light even the darkest of moods.
As you entered the Union Buildings and took your place in line to view Madiba’s body, the entire mood changed. Members of public were no longer singing or dancing. Smiles were replaced anxious and sombre expressions.
Once in line, you walk up the steps to the large ventral of the building, and start slowly to a dark wood coffin with gold trim. No cameras are allowed and there are SAPS and SANDF members everywhere.
The people all around you dull into the background as you approach the coffin where Mandela is lying, in a trade mark beige-gold Madiba shirt. Everything disappears as you take you opportunity to meet, re-acquaint and then say goodbye to father of the nation.
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I read in my daily newspaper that the interpreter, according to the deaf community, was a complete fraud!
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I read in my daily newspaper that the interpreter, according to the deaf community, was a complete fraud!

seems there is zero regulastion in translating sighn languge in SA and it is a problem
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