Free State representatives to attend Jhb Madiba memorial

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SABRINA DEAN – The Free State Government says people from all parts of the province will be included in the provincial delegation attending the national memorial service for former President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg today.
Government spokesperson Mondli Mvambi says although Government is trying to avoid extravagant spending on flamboyant events, it is nonetheless important that provincial representatives attend Tuesday’s ceremony. “The province will be sending representatives to the national mourning service at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg,” he says.
Mvambi says they have contracted two busses per area and yesterday dispatched bus coordinators to find volunteers to attend the memorial. “Not everybody in the province who will be able to go, it’s close to about 100 buses that will be going out of the province,” he says.
The buses were scheduled to depart in the early hours of this morning.
Meanwhile numerous foreign heads of state, including US President Barack Obama, are also expected to attend today’s service. It is considered likely that this will be the biggest state funeral the world has ever seen.
Dignitaries and members of the public will then have an opportunity to pay their final respects to Mandela, who will lie in state at the Union Buildings on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, before he is laid to rest during a state and family funeral at Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday.