Travel to South Africa after Mandela’s Death


December 6, 2013 - By Will Powell

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, has just confirmed that Nelson Mandela’s funeral will take place in Qunu, the village in Eastern Cape where Mandela was born, on Sunday, December 15.

We expect all travel to South Africa over the next 10-14 days to be affected. Many flights, hotels, ground transport and executive protection services are already completely booked.

We do not foresee any additional security threats to travelers during this period. As many people will be travelling to South Africa to pay their respects, however, some logistical inconvenience can be expected.

While AS Solution can provide on-the-ground resources and assist those who must travel, our advice to clients is to postpone trips until after Madiba’s funeral if possible.

May Nelson Mandela rest in peace. He was a good man.

Schedule of events

Dec. 8:  National day of prayer and reflection in South Africa.

Dec. 9: Mandela will be honored when both houses of parliament are recalled from recess for a special session.

Dec. 10: A public memorial service will be held at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Dec. 11: to Dec. 13: Mandela’s body will lie in state for three days at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Other memorials will be held throughout South Africa and in cities around the world.

Dec. 14: Military aircraft will fly Mandela’s body to the town of Mthatha, and it will then be driven through the streets to his childhood village of Qunu.

Dec. 15: State funeral in Qunu.

Will Powell

Regional Security and Safety Advisor

Will served as a Regional Security and Safety Advisor up until 2014.