posted on Dec, 9 2013 @ 07:17 AM
Wish I was there this week. You have a front-row seat to some very interesting learning-curve experiences, so please get out into the streets and take
in the atmosphere for all of us.
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I'm going to decline your kind offer...
The memorial is going to be held in Johannesburg tomorrow. Some 80,000 people are expected. I don't even drive to Johannesburg in normal traffic, so
there is no way I'm going anywhere near that direction tomorrow.
Then from Wednesday Mr Mandela's body will be taken to the Union Buildings in Pretoria (where I live), the official home of the government, where it
will lie in state for three days where members of public can view the body. A funeral cortege carrying the icon's remains will pass through the
capital daily until Friday, with South Africans being urged to line the streets to form a "guard of honour". Thousands upon thousands of people are
expected to visit the Union buildings. Little do they know that the streets of the city are already chaotic because half of the inner-city streets
have been dug up to work on a new public transport system. In normal traffic it takes about an hour of driving in traffic just to get in and out of
the city. So I can only imagine the kind of chaos it will be when thousands of extra people stream to the city... I know it's supposed to be a
historic event, but sitting in traffic is my own personal hell, so I'm going to avoid it as much as possible. Luckily I work and live outside the city
I promise I will be driving around with my camera and take pictures of anything interesting...
The actual state funeral will take place in Mr Mandela's ancestral homeland of Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday - which is quite far from where I
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