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Gov't changes Mandela memorial plans

Published: Wednesday December 11, 2013 | 9:17 am Comments 0

The Government has scaled back plans for a memorial service for the late former South African President, Nelson Mandela.

The Government says it will now hold the memorial service tomorrow at the University of the West Indies Chapel, beginning at 2 p.m.

This event replaces the previous Memorial Service, which was scheduled to be held at the National Arena today.

Tomorrow’s ceremony will be open to the general public with guests being asked to be seated by 1:30 p.m.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who was in South Africa for a memorial for Mandela is set to return to the island tomorrow and will participate in a Joint Session of Parliament to pay tribute to the iconic leader on Friday.

Mandela, who became South Africa’s first black President in 1994, after serving 27 years in prison during the Apartheid years, died last Thursday.

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