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December 10, 2013

Commemorative events to honour Madiba in Cape Town

It’s a sad week for all of us in Cape Town as the city comes together to mourn the loss of a national hero. Earlier this week the City of Cape Town's Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille, confirmed a series of key events to take place , in honour of celebrating the life of late Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela - A Life Celebrated

The main event will be held at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 11 December 2013 starting at 16:00. If you can only make one of the commemorative events this week, then this is the one to attend. Gates will open at 14:00 sharp and the City is encouraging all members of the public to attend this event and show respects to Madiba.

Image courtesy of Donald Barnett

A solid lineup of local musicians will perform at the commemorative event this Wednesday that includes the legendary Johnny Clegg, Freshlyground and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Bala Brothers, Allou April, and Carla Diamond with Shado Twala being the MC for the evening. Other performances include Former Springbok rugby player Francois Pienaar, City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille and Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille sharing their favourite memories and impressions of Madiba. We are expecting a full stadium of approximately 64 000 people. The City has organised a coupon system that is free of charge to enable the public access to this memorable tribute event. A maximum of five coupons will be available per person, on presentation of a valid Identity Document or passport, and can be collected at all Computicket kiosks and Shoprite outlets throughout Cape Town.

Public Transport

In addition to the free stadium event, the coupon also gives you free access to public transport in and out of the city from 12:00 onwards via the MyCiti bus service (from the Civic Centre to Cape Town Stadium), Golden Arrow Bus Services and Metrorail.

Arrive early to participate in the pedestrian “walk of remembrance” via the traditional fan walk route in the CBD.

Road Closures

If you are not going to make use of the free public transport services, do have a look at the following road closures in the area so that you are prepared when driving into the city with your own car.

•         Corporation Street, between Darling Street and Longmarket Street
•         Darling Street, between Plein Street and Buitenkant Street
•         Parade Street, between Darling Street and Longmarket Street

In addition Lower Plein Street, between Strand Street and Darling Street, will be closed from 07:00 to 22:00.

The following roads around the Cape Town Stadium will be temporarily closed for the stadium event so please plan your trips accordingly:

Fritz Sonnenberg Road

Between Stephan Way and McDonalds - 06:00 – 00:00
Between Metropolitan Golf Club and McDonalds - 09:00 – 00:00
Between Granger Bay Boulevard and McDonalds - 09:00 – 00:00
Between Portswood Road and Granger Bay Boulevard - 06:00 – 00:00

Stephan Way

Between Fritz Sonnenberg Road and Hamilton’s Rugby Club - 09:00 – 00:00

Vlei Road

Between Green Point Cricket Club and Fritz Sonnenberg Road - 06:00 – 00:00
Between Helen Suzman Boulevard and Fritz Sonnenberg Road - 06:00 – 00:00

Portswood Road

Between Helen Suzman Boulevard and Beach Road - 22:00 – 23:30

Fort Wynyard Road

Between Portswood Road and Granger Bay Boulevard - 06:00 – 00:00

Granger Bay Boulevard

Between Helen Suzman Boulevard and Beach Road - 13:00 – 00:00
Between Beach Road and Helen Suzman Boulevard - 14:00 – 23:45

Beach Road

Between Haul Road and Portswood Road - 22:00 – 23:30

Over and above the main stadium event, we would also like to highlight some of the other places where Capetonians can honour Madiba:

The Grand Parade will be the place where the national memorial service for Madiba will be screened.

  • Remembrance evening in Atlantis – Thursday 12 December 2013

Wesfleur in Atlantis will be open to the public from 19:00 onwards for an evening of remembrance.

  • Night Vigil – Saturday 14 December 2013

On the eve of Madiba’s funeral, residents will be able to gather for a night vigil on the Grand Parade from 17:00.

  • Screening of national funeral – Sunday 15 December 2013

The national funeral service in Qunu will be screened for Capetonians on the Grand Parade on 15 December 2013.

If you would like to send a personal tribute message to Tata Madiba, please visit the Civic Centre and Grand Parade where you’re able to leave flowers and messages in the books available. Additionally, send your message online by using the hashtag #RIPNelsonMandela

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