Thursday, April 24, 2014   

91 leaders head for Mandela salute
(12-09 19:31)

South Africa raced to meet the unprecedented logistical challenge of hosting close to 100 world leaders flying in from every corner of the globe for the state funeral of freedom fighter Nelson Mandela.
“The world literally is coming to South Africa,'' said the government's head of public diplomacy, Clayson Monyela.
“I don't think it has ever happened before,'' Monyela said of the wave of 91 heads of state and government, including US President Barack Obama, descending on the country.
Many will join the 80,000 people expected to cram Tuesday into the FNB stadium in Soweto for a sweeping, emotional tribute to their inspirational first black president.
The memorial service, in the venue where Mandela made his last major public appearance for the 2010 World Cup final, is seen as a final chance for grieving South Africans to unite in a mass celebration of his life ahead of the more formal state funeral.—AFP

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