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South Africa: Jo'burg gears up for Mandela's Memorial01:11

South Africa: Jo'burg gears up for Mandela's Memorial

South Africa, Johannesburg
December 9, 2013 at 12:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

South Africa: Jo'burg gears up for Mandela's Memorial

The FNB Stadium prepared to host The National Memorial Service for the late Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on Monday. As part of the preparations, a stage was constructed and police closed down surrounding roads, allowing only to members of the press to enter.

The location is especially symbolic as it is where Nelson Mandela made his last official public appearance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup final.

Entry to the service is free and will operate on a "first come, first served basis" as the 95,000-seater stadium is expected to quickly fill to capacity. Mourners unable to gain entry will be accommodated in nearby 'overflow stadiums' where the ceremony will be broadcast live.

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South Africa: Jo'burg gears up for Mandela's Memorial

The FNB Stadium prepared to host The National Memorial Service for the late Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on Monday. As part of the preparations, a stage was constructed and police closed down surrounding roads, allowing only to members of the press to enter.

The location is especially symbolic as it is where Nelson Mandela made his last official public appearance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup final.

Entry to the service is free and will operate on a "first come, first served basis" as the 95,000-seater stadium is expected to quickly fill to capacity. Mourners unable to gain entry will be accommodated in nearby 'overflow stadiums' where the ceremony will be broadcast live.