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  • The Government of Jamaica, in collaboration with the South African High Commission, will host a Memorial Service in celebration of the life of the late former South African President, Nelson Mandela.
  • The service, which is open to the general public, will be held on Thursday, December 12 at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Chapel.
  • This event replaces the previous Memorial Service, which was scheduled to be held at the National Arena on Wednesday, December 11.

The Government of Jamaica, in collaboration with the South African High Commission, will host a Memorial Service in celebration of the life of the late former South African President, Nelson Mandela.

The service, which is open to the general public, will be held on Thursday, December 12 at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Chapel beginning at 2:00 p.m. Guests are asked to be seated by 1:30 pm.

This event replaces the previous Memorial Service, which was scheduled to be held at the National Arena on Wednesday, December 11.

Mr. Mandela, who became South Africa’s first black President in 1994, after serving 27 years in prison during the Apartheid years, died on Thursday, December 5, at the age of 95.

Jamaica has joined with the rest of the world in paying tribute to the late African leader, who has been described by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, as “no ordinary friend of Jamaica.”

In honour of the life of the freedom fighter and Statesman, a five-day period of official mourning is being observed from Saturday, December 7 through to Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

During this period, the national flag has been flown at half-mast on all government buildings and public offices.

Additionally, the Prime Minister left the island on Saturday, December 7, to attend a Memorial Service for Mr. Mandela in South Africa, which was held at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, on December 10.

Mrs. Simpson Miller will return to the island on Thursday, December 12 and will participate in a Joint Session of Parliament to pay tribute to the iconic leader on Friday, December 13.