/ 9 December 2013

World leaders to speak at Mandela memorial

At the White House
At the White House

The memorial service on Tuesday for Nelson Mandela will feature tributes by some of the anti-apartheid icon's family members and foreign leaders, including US President Barack Obama and United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon.

The memorial at FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg is due to start at 11am and will last for approximately four hours, according to a government programme released on Monday.

Here's a look at some of the scheduled events and speeches in chronological order:

– Choir sings South Africa's national anthem.

– Opening remarks and interfaith prayers.

– Speech by Mandela family friend Andrew Mlangeni.

– Speech by family member General Thanduxolo Mandela.

– Tribute by the former leader's grandchildren Mbuso Mandela, Andile Mandela, Zozuko Dlamini and Phumla Mandela.

– Speech by UN secretary general Ban.

– Speech by African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

– Speech by Obama.

– Speech by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

– Speech by Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao.

– Speech by Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba.

– Speech by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.

– Speech by Cuban President Raul Castro.

– Keynote address by South African President Jacob Zuma.

– Sermon by Bishop Ivan Abrahams. – Sapa-AP