JOHANNESBURG – Here is the schedule of arrangements for the laying to rest of Nelson Mandela, as announced by South African President Jacob Zuma and the government communications office on Friday:
— Sunday, Dec. 8: National day of prayer and reflection. "We call upon all our people to gather in halls, churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and in their homes for prayer services and meditation, reflecting on the life of Madiba and his contribution to our country and the world," Zuma said, using Mandela's clan name.
— Tuesday, Dec. 10: Official memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Mandela's last public appearance was at the same stadium in 2010 for the closing ceremony of the soccer World Cup. For the tournament the stadium was called Soccer City.
— Wednesday, Dec. 11 to Friday, Dec. 13: Mandela's body will lie in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. During these days, official memorial services will also be held in all provinces and regions.
— Sunday, Dec. 15: State funeral and burial at Qunu, Eastern Cape Province.