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Johannesburg City Parks will make a number of parks across Johannesburg available to hold memorial services to bid farewell to Nelson Mandela, the City's most revered resident. The services will be held during the official ten days of mourning announced by the Presidency earlier this month.

South Africa mournsTHE City of Johannesburg has always had an emotional association with Nelson Mandela, a great son of South African soil, who lived in the City during his years in office and after his retirement from public life.

Recognising that citizens of Johannesburg would want to pay their tributes collectively, the City is making available a number of parks as mourning sites. The City invites all residents to visit these parks and participate in the programmes to honour, mourn and celebrate Madiba.

The City of Johannesburg parks catering for the memorials are in:

  • Ivory Park – Region A
  • Diepsloot Park – Region B
  • Diepkloof Extreme Makeover Park – Region D
  • Orlando West Park – Region D
  • Thokoza Park – Region D
  • Innesfree Farm – Region E
  • Joubert Park – Region F
  • Rose Park - Region D
  • Orange Farm Regional Park – Region G
  • Krematart Park, Eldorado Park – Region D
  • Tanzania Park, Cosmo City – Region C

The programmes will be on Monday 9 December, Wednesday 11 December and Thursday 12 December.

Parents who are bringing children under the age of eight to the memorial services at any of the parks and stadia must write their cellphone number, with a permanent marker pen, on the inside of the children’s forearms.

Councillor Parks Tau, the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg says, "On behalf of the residents, Council and employees, we honour his memory with words of advice that we strive to let the good of our people to always remain supreme in all what we do. Johannesburg City will indeed continue to build on this legacy."

An official memorial service will be held in Johannesburg for the late former President on 10 December at the FNB Stadium. The service will begin at 11am. The gates, for the public, will open at 6am.

Other memorial services will also be held across the country to ensure everyone has an opportunity to attend.

Acting Government Communications and Information System (GCIS) Chief Executive Officer, Phumla Williams, said "At least 150 public viewing areas will be active at various times during this week. Details of these sites are listed on the official government memorial website, www.mandela.gov.za, as well as the websites of provincial and local government throughout the country. Government has arranged for free public transport and park and rides to accommodate mourners."

No cars will be allowed near FNB Stadium, and once the stadium is filled, the public will be directed to other stadia. Public viewing areas include Ellis Park Stadium, Orlando Stadium, Dobsonville Stadium, and Freedom Park, amongst other venues throughout the country.

Information on public viewing areas for regional memorial events around the country can be accessed on www.mandela.gov.za.