The City’s public representatives held a special council meeting yesterday (Sunday 8 December) to honour Nelson Mandela. The meeting was unprecedented, as the first such meeting held on a Sunday since the democratic dispensation.
At the meeting, a budget of R72m was unanimously approved to “allow the residents of Cape Town to honour the passing of the foremost South African in a calm, dignified manner and in a safe environment before the eyes of the world."
The city wants to offer a variety of events across the city so that Capetonians can have free, convenient access to events and venues close to their homes. City Hall and the Grand Parade is an important hub for events, and a Day of Remembrance is planned at the Cape Town Stadium on December 11. Members of the public are encouraged to attend this event to mark Cape Town’s own tribute to Madiba.
The event starts at 16:00 and gates will open at 14:00. Prominent local acts will perform as well as a potential international artist. Details will be confirmed closer to the time.
In order to maintain order and safety, the City will have a coupon system in place to regulate entry to the stadium. A maximum of five coupons are available per person, free of charge, on presentation of a valid Identity Document or passport. These coupons can be collected via Computicket or at any Shoprite outlet across Cape Town.
This coupon allows free access to public transport in the form of the MyCiTi bus service, Golden Arrow Bus Services, and Metrorail into and out of the city. Commuters are encouraged to use the free public transport service because some roads around the stadium will be closed and it is anticipated that there will be traffic congestion.
There will be a free MyCiTi shuttle service from the Civic Centre to the Cape Town Stadium and ‘walk of remembrance’ from the Civic Centre to the stadium will be activated (the fan walk.)
The 95-year-old icon will be laid to rest in Qunu, Eastern Cape next Sunday.