World Managers to join Mandela's burial
(Updated: 08:29, Monday December 9, 2013)
Fifty-three heads of state and government have so far confirmed attendance at upcoming memorial events for peace icon Nelson Mandela, South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says.
The dignitaries will include US leader Barack Obama, along with three former American presidents, Brazilian leader Dilma Rousseff, French foremost Francois Hollande and British major Minister David Cameron.
There has been 'unprecedented interest' to attend the statesman's burial week after he passed away on Thursday night, Nkoana-Mashabane notified a report seminar in Johannesburg.
Numerous managers will attend a memorial service on Tuesday at the Soccer town stadium, where Mandela made his last foremost public appearance during the 2010 football World Cup.
A lesser assembly would journey to the Nobel calm laureate's country childhood town Qunu for his funeral service and burial next Sunday.
tallies of dignitaries are furthermore expected to attend, including UN receptionist General Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan, Martti Ahtisaari, Lakhdar Brahimi, Mary Robinson.
Talk display queen Oprah Winfrey and singer-activist Bono, as well as Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel are anticipated to be amidst the celebrity mourners.
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and Britain's Prince Charles, comprising Queen Elizabeth II, will furthermore attend.
Author : Mr.Paras Bhanot