Routes and logistics for Madiba memorial

South Africa
Minister in the presidency Collins Chabane outlines details about the latest in the memorial service and funeral arrangements for former president Nelson Mandela. eNCA
Logistical information around getting to the FNB Stadium including road closures. Picture: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane said international heads of state and royalty had already begun arriving in the country for Mandela's memorial and funeral service, adding that 13 African heads of state had confirmed their attendance, as well as 15 other world leaders, including US President Barack Obama.

The City of Johannesburg on Sunday released details of bus and rail services available for those wanting to attend Tuesday's national memorial service for Nelson Mandela.

The event is set to start at 11am on Tuesday in the FNB Stadium in Soweto.

The city has arranged free transport and overflow stadiums for the official memorial.

"No cars will be allowed near FNB Stadium and there will be road closures in place from Sunday evening 8th December," the city said in a statement.

Entrance to FNB stadium would be on a first come first served basis.

"And once FNB stadium is full, mourners will be directed to other stadiums and so mourners are also encouraged to listen to their local radio stations and follow social media," the city said.

Mourners will be able to travel via trains which will leave on an hourly basis.

Mourners will be able to travel using the Gautrain to Park Station and from there travel on Metrorail trains.

Rea Vaya buses will depart from selected Rea Vaya stations.

The memorial service will also be broadcast at Ellis Park Stadium, Donsonville and Orlando Stadium. 

On the whole the following general guideline applies to those attending the memorial:

-- travel by Metrorail from all major stations in Gauteng. Trains would leave on an hourly basis;

-- travel by Gautrain to Park Station, and transfer to Metrorail to FNB Stadium;

-- walk from the surrounding areas to the stadium; or,

-- use the special Rea Vaya BRT service.

The special Rea Vaya BRT service would operate:

-- from Ellis Park East Rea Vaya Station via Beyers Naude Square Westbound Rea Vaya Station, and Westgate Rea Vaya Station to FNB/Stadium Soccer City Rea Vaya Station; and

-- from UJ Sophiatown Rea Vaya Station via Soweto Highway to Nasrec North Rea Vaya Station.

Mourners could also drive to a park-and-ride site and travel by Rea Vaya BRT or bus to the stadium.

Park and ride sites include:

-- Standard Bank, entrance at 1 Simmonds Street, Johannesburg CBD;

-- Open parking next to Rea Vaya Westgate Station, entrance in Anderson Street, Joburg CBD;

-- University of Johannesburg, Kingsway Campus;

-- Gold Reef City (Casino), entrance in Northern Parkway, Ormonde; and,

-- Apartheid Museum, entrance in Northern Parkway, Ormonde.

The city urged those planning to use these services to watch the press for updates.

On getting to Ellis Park Stadium, it said this could be done by:

-- travelling by Metrorail from Park Station to Ellis Park;

-- walking from the nearby areas of Hillbrow, Yeoville, Bertrams and Troyeville; or,

-- walking from the University of Johannesburg, Doornfontein Campus, entrance in Beit Street, Doornfontein.

The public could also use the special Rea Vaya BRT service which would operate from:

-- Westgate Rea Vaya Station via Beyers Naude Square and,

-- Braamfontein (Joburg Theatre and Conhill Rea Vaya Stations) to Ellis Park North Rea Vaya Station.

Alternatively, they could drive to a park-and-ride site and travel by Rea Vaya BRT or bus to the stadium.

Park and Ride sites include:

-- Constitution Hill, entrance in Joubert Street, Braamfontein;

-- Metro Centre, entrance in Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein;

-- Thuso House, entrance in Stiemens Street, Braamfontein;

-- Wits University, West Campus;

-- Bez Valley Park, entrance in Marcia Street, Observatory; and,

-- Absa Towers, entrance in Main Street, Joburg CBD.

Those wanting to go to Orlando Stadium could:

-- travel by Metrorail from Vereeniging and Naledi Stations;

-- walk from the nearby areas of Mlamlankunzi, Orlando West, and Orlando East;

-- drive to the Park and Ride at either Northgate or Westbank, Enterprise Rd (off Beyer's Naude Drive), Fairland and catch a bus to Orlando Stadium; or,

-- catch a marked Putco bus from Protea Glen, Merafe, Molopo, Bara/Diepkloof, Chiawelo, Mapetla, Dube, or Meadowlands.

Options for getting to Dobsonville Stadium include:

-- walking from the nearby areas of Tshepisong, Bramfischerville and Mfolo;

-- catching a marked Putco bus from Emdeni, Naledi, Dobsonville, Orange Farm, Silvertown, or Bramfischerville.

Details and updates are available at


Public viewing of Mandela's remains

Chabane also on Sunday addressed the media on the logistics for the public viewing of former president Nelson Mandela's remains.

Chabane said the procession will leave 1 Military Hospital at 7am daily and Madiba's body will lie in state from 8am at the Union Buildings.

On Wednesday, December 11, the Mandela family and VVIPs will view the body from 10am.

Members of the public will file past the body from noon until 5:30pm.

On Thursday and Friday - December 12 and 13 - the public will have access to the casket from 8am to 5.30pm.

"We also appeal to people to work with the various agencies of government who will manage this route so that this daily event will be dignified and secure," said Chabane.

Two sites in Pretoria will be used as points from which mourners will be shuttled to the Union Buildings and back. No other access will be possible.

Mourners are also advised that cellphones will need to be switched off and out of sight as they file past the body.

Chabane reiterated government's appeal for members of the public to line the memorial route each morning to form a public guard of honour.

The public guard of honour will not apply in the evening, he said.


-Additional reporting Sapa




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