The Department of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa wishes to inform of the sad news of the passing away of Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Former President of the Republic of South Africa on Thursday, 5 December 2013.

Mr Mandela’s State Memorial Service, Lying-in-State and State Funeral will be held as follows:

State Memorial Service:

: Tuesday, 10 December 2013
: FNB Stadium
  Corner Nasrec Road and Stadium Avenue
  Nasrec, Johannesburg South
: To be confirmed


: Wednesday, 11 December 2013
: Union Buildings

State Funeral:

: Sunday, 15 December 2013
: Qunu
: To be confirmed

New York Arrangements

Half Mast United Nations Flag

The United Nations flag will fly at half-mast for the whole day on Friday, 6 December 2013 as an exceptional honour to former President Nelson Mandela.

Condolence books in City of New York

Books of condolences will be placed at the offices of both the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations and South African Consulate General, 333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor New York City, with effect from Monday, 9 December 2013 to Friday, 13 December 2013.  Please see information about relevant working hours on

United Nations Memorial Service

The United Nations has scheduled a Memorial Service to be held on Tuesday, 10 December 2013.  Members of the South African community, friends of South Africa and the media will be kept abreast of developments and other logistical arrangements.

Public Memorial Service

The public memorial service will be held at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive at 122nd Street, on 11 December 2013 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Inquiries regarding travel to South Africa, Memorial Service, Lying in State and State Funeral  

The State Protocol Operation Centre handling information pertaining to arrangements being made in South Africa has been opened at DIRCO Head Office and the contact details are as follows:

State Protocol OPS Room: or +27 12 351 0572

Additional e-mails:

Additional lines:
+(27) 12 351-0138
+(27) 12 351-0003

Fax:        +(27) 12 329-2398 or 012 329 2352
Tel:         +(27) 12 351-1000 (Switchboard)