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  • Jamaicans will have the opportunity on Thursday afternoon, December 12, to participate in a memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
  • Among the specially invited guests are the Governor General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen and Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller.
  • On Friday, December 13, commencing at 2.00 pm, a joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament will pay tribute to the late former South African President.

Jamaicans will have the opportunity on Thursday afternoon, December 12, to participate in a memorial service for the late former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The memorial service will take place at the Chapel of the University of the West Indies, Mona commencing at 2: 00 pm. The service is a joint initiative of the Government of Jamaica and High Commission of the Republic of South Africa.

Among the specially invited guests are the Governor General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, Leader of the Opposition Mr Andrew Holness, Members of the Cabinet, High Commissioner, Republic of South Africa Her Excellency Mathu Joyini, and other members of the Diplomatic Corps along with representatives from the cultural community and the private sector.

Prime Minister Simpson Miller who attended the Memorial Service for Mr. Mandela in South Africa on Tuesday (December 10) will read the first lesson, while tributes will be delivered by former Prime Minister the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson and Ms Lorna Green of the Jamaica South Africa Friendship Association. The remembrance will be presented by the South African High Commissioner.

On Friday, December 13, commencing at 2.00 pm, a joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament will pay tribute to the late former South African President.

Mr Mandela who died on Thursday, December 5 at age 95, will be accorded a State Funeral on Sunday, December 15, 2013.