As the world prepares to mourn the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela, a special memorial service is being held today at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium. Up to 91 Heads of State have arrived in the country to attend to service, as well as around 90 000 ordinary citizens.
While the national broadcaster SABC will be broadcasting the memorial service live on television, those who will not be able to catch the service or who reside outside of South Africa can watch the proceedings live on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WBoWoRZ20w&feature=share.
At the time of writing, almost 6 000 views have already tuned into the streaming service.
Among those attending the service are US President Barack Obama, accompanied by three of his country’s former presidents: Jimmy Carter, George W Bush and Bill Clinton and their spouses, as well as 26 congressmen.
International organisations, such as the United Nations, European Commission, and African Union, had also confirmed attendance, as well as 13 African Heads of State have confirmed attendance.
“The fact that international leaders are making their way to South Africa at such short notice reflects the special place president Nelson Mandela holds in the hearts of people around the globe,” said Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane.
“We are touched by the fact that many countries have declared periods of mourning, ordered that flags be flown at half-mast and draped or lit landmarks in the colours of the South African flag. We truly appreciate these gestures,” he added.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor