This is a week of mourning in South Africa due to the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela as his life and legacy is remembered and celebrated. Mr. Nelson Mandela died Thursday at age 95.
President Barack Obama along with former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter will attend the memorial service for Mr. Nelson Mandela early this morning at the 95,000-seater FNB stadium, the venue of the 2010 World Cup final. The service is from 11:00 am-3:00 pm Cape Town, South Africa time; which is 4:00 am-8:00 am (ET).
This service is expected to be broadcasts around the world. Above is the cover of the 11-page program.
Order of Service:
Mr Cyril Ramaphosa and Ms Baleka Mbete
11:00 – 15:00
1. National Anthem by Mass Choir
2. Welcome and Opening Remarks by Program Directors
3. Interfaith Prayers
4. Tribute by Family Friend Andrew Mlangeni
5. Tribute by Family: General Thanduxolo Mandela
6. Tribute by the Grandchildren: Mbuso Mandela, Andile Mandela, Zozuko Dlamini, and Phumla Mandela.
7. Tribute by UN Representative: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
8. Tribute by AU Commission Chair: Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
9. Tribute by Foreign Dignitaries: U.S. President Barack Obama, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao, Namibian President Hifikepunye Phamba, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Cuban President Raul Castro Ruz
10. Keynote Address by the President of South Africa: Jacob Zuma
11. Sermon by Biship Ivan Abrahams
12. Vote of Thanks by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane