The Latest Logistics for Madiba’s Memorial & Funeral

Max Sisulu, the speaker of Parliament is observing all protocols.

Here is where the current statistics for Madiba’s memorial in Johannesurg, and possibly his funeral in Qunu, stand:

•91 Heads of State
•10 Former Heads of State
•26 Countries represented by Ministers.
•The World Bank, the AU & the EU will be in attendance
•Princes and Kings from the corners of the world will be coming.

Basically, there will be more heads of state coming to bury Nelson Mandela than the numbers which came to inaugurate him.

The question remains whether there will be enough “Presidential Suites” to accommodate the sheer number of presidents who will be in attendance. Recommendations I have would be for Swaziland and Lesotho to have pen hospitality as they would cipher some of the security and spatial load off South Africa and its administration. Both have facilities which can accommodate heads of state for the duration of this weeks proceedings.

According to The Telegraph, the Spice Girls are coming to Nelson Mandela’s memorial.

The Dalai Lama has been denied a VISA twice before and his spokesperson has recently stated that he has no plans to attend the funeral due to this. Given that Madiba and he have several correlation philosophies regarding humanity and gross human rights,his lack of attendance would have an impact on the morale o the entire event.

Queen Elizabeth, of Great Britain, will be absent at Mandela’s funeral.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he wont attend Mandela’s memorial because traveling is expensive. One wondered where the financial backing for a war in Palestine originates from

If you were wondering how the world first reacted to the news of Madiba’s demise, here is an amazing video at the announcement at the premier of “Long Walk to Freedom” in London.

Here is a full list of events for this week and information around tomorrow’s FNB memorial

This afternoon the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be addressing the media at the Nelson Mandela Foundation

There will be a complete lock down at FNB stadium in Johannesburg by tonight. The Stadium will be open by 6am for the scheduled memorial service.

At least 41 Metrorail trains are to transport mourners to the memorial.

An important notice from the City of Cape Town regarding Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Event at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday:

A press conference with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will be held at 20h00 at the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

News just in:  Amakrwala awazu kwazi ukuphuma kule veki kude kugqitywe umncimbi ka Madiba.” (The youths currently undergoing the end of their initiation will be unable to finish this week owing to the current state of funeral arrangements around Madiba)

courtesy of the South African Department of international relations & cooperation, this is the revised list of dignitaries, and as yet, is in the process of being updated. One will note all 4 presidents of the United States of America are not on right now.

Afghanistan, His Excellency Hamid Karzai, President Mozambique, President of Mozambique, HE Armando Emilio Guebuza
Algeria, His Excellency Mr Abdelkader Bensalah, Speaker of the Council of the Nation (Senate) – rank above the Prime Minister Namibia, His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba, President
Angola, His Excellency Mr Manuel Vicente, Vice President Niger, His Excellency Issoufou Mahamdou, President
Argentina, Mr Amado Boudou, Acting President of Argentina New Zealand,  Right Hon John Key, Prime Minister
Australia,  His Excellency Mr Tony Abbott, MP, Prime Minister Nigeria, His Excellency Goodluck Jonathan, President
Bahamas, Right Honourable Perry Christie, Prime Minister Niger, His Excellency Mahamadou, President of Niger
Bangladesh, His Excellency Mr Md. Abdul Hamid MD ABDUL, President Norway, His Royal Highness Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway
Belgium, His Royal Highness King Philippe Pakistan, His Excellency Mr Mamnoon Hussain, President
Benin, His Excellency Boni Yayi, President Palestinian State, His Excellency Mahmoud Abbas, President
Botswana, His Excellency Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President Portugal, His Excellency, Anibal Cavaco Silva, President
Brazil, Her Excellency Dilma Rousseff, President Saudi Arabia, His Royal Highness Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince
Burundi, His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President Saharawi Republic, His Excellency Mr Mohamed Abdelaziz, President
Canada, His Excellency Stephen Harper, Prime Minister Senegal, His Excellency Macky Sall, President
CHAD, His Excellency Mr Idriss Deby Itno, President Serbia, His Excellency Tomislav Nikolic, President
China, His Excellency Li Yuanchao, Vice President, Seychelles, His Excellency Mr James Alix MICHEL
COMORES, His Excellency Dr Ikiliou Dhoinine, President Spain, His Royal Highness Felipe de Borbon, The Prince of Asturias
Congo (Republic of the Congo ), His Excellency Mr Denis Sassou-Nguesso, President Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President
Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo), His Excellency Joseph Kabila, President Suriname, His Excellency Desire Delano Bouterse, President
Cote d Ivoire, His Excellency President Allassane Ouattara, President Slovenia, His Excellency Pahor, President
Croatia, His Excellency Josipovic Ivo, President South Sudan, His Excellency General Salva Kir Mayardit, President
Cuba, His Excellency Raul Castro Ruz, President Sweden, His Royal Highness Victoria, Prime Minister
Denmark, His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Federick Switzerland, His Excellency Mr Ulrich Maurer, President
Djibouti, His Excellency Ismail Omar Guelleh, President Swaziland, His Excellency Dr Sibusiso Dlamini, Prime Minister
Ethiopia, His Excellency Ato Hailemariam  Dessalegn, Prime Minister Suriname, His Excellency Desire Delano Bouterse, President
Equatorial Guinea, His Excellency Mr Obiang Mbasogo, President Tanzania, His Excellency Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President
France, His Excellency, Francois Hollande, President Timor-Leste, His Excellency Kay Rala Xanana, Prime Minister
Finland, His Excellency Sauli Niinisto, President Tunisia, His Excellency Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, President
Gabon, His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba, President Trinidad and Tobago, His Excellency Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister
The Gambia, His Excellency Prof Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh, President Sheikh Uganda, His Excellency Yoweri Kagota Museveni, President
Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, President United Arab Emirates, His Excellency Sheikh Nayahan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture – Special Envoy of the Emir
Germany, His Excellency Joachim Gauck, President United Kingdom, His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Prime Minister David Cameron, Former Prime Ministers Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and John Major
Guyana, His Excellency Donald Ramotar, President Venezuela, His Excellency Nicolas Maduro Moros, President
Guinea, His Excellency Prof Alpha Conde, President Zimbabwe, His Excellency Robert Gabriel Mugabe, President
India, His Excellency Pranab Mukherjee, President Zambia His Excellency Michael Sata, President
Ireland, His Excellency Michael D Higgins, President Arab States League, His Excellency Amb Samir Hosny, Minister
Italy, His Excellency Enrico Letta, Prime Minister African Union Commission, Her Excellency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson
Japan, His Imperial Highness, Crown Prince Naruhito Commonwealth, His Excellency, Mr Kamalesh Sharma
Jamaica, Her Excellency, Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister European Council, His Excellency Mr Herman van Rompuy, President
Jordan, Her Royal Highness, Queen Rania Al Abdullah and His Excellency Prime Minister Dr Abdullah Ensour Mexico, His Excellency Enrique Pena Nieto President of Mexico
Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President Mauritius, His Excellency Dr the Honourable Navinchandra, Prime Minister
Korea (South), His Excellency Hongwon Chung, Prime Minister Mauritania, His Excellency Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz,  President
Lebanon, His Excellency Mr Najib Mikati, Prime Minister Malawi, Her Excellency Joyce Banda, President
Lesotho, His Excellency, T Thabane, Prime Minister Grand Duchy of LUXEMBOURG, His Royal Highness Henry of Luxembourg, The Grand Duke
Liberia, Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President  

One Comment Add yours

Leave a Reply