Monday, 9 December 2013

US President Obama is close to land in South Africa

Almost 70 heads of state and 10 former heads of state are expected to  arrive  in South Africa to pay their respects to former president Nelson Mandela.  

According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation the  world leaders will travel with their own security detail but will have to work closely with local authorities. 

“Its like the whole world is literally coming to South Africa because the department is even  expecting the number to grow'.

 said  Department of International Relations spokesperson  Clayson Monyela 

The world's major organisations such as the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union and the World Bank will also be represented.

Apparently President Obama and the US delegation is close to AFB Waterkloof. a handful of buses are parked in the airbase parking lot and Tshwane Metro Cops have been posted to the exit intersection.

Air Force officials arming themselves with weed-eaters to neaten up AFB entrance.


Serious logistical plans have been put in place for tomorrow's memorial at the FNB Stadium.

City of Johannesburg’s executive director of transport Lisa Seftel says roads around the stadium have already been cordoned off.

The Department of International Relations said it is hard at work preparing for the service which is expected to be among the largest gatherings of world leaders in history.

This follows a weekend which saw South Africans flocking to various places of worship to share in a day of prayer and reflection for Madiba. 

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