Madiba funeral on Dec 14 - sources

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Newspaper posters announcing the death of former president Nelson Mandela are displayed at a printing press in Cape Town. Picture: Mark Wessels

Johannesburg - Preparations began on Friday for the state funeral of former president Nelson Mandela, as the world mourned the peace icon's passing.

Heads of state from around the world, including US President Barack Obama, and well-known personalities who were close to the statesman like Oprah Winfrey and Bill and Hillary Clinton are expected to attend.

Unofficial government sources have said he could be laid to rest on December 14, though some are calling for his burial to take place on the 16th, a public holiday named Reconciliation Day.

The government has set up the website, to keep the public informed of the funeral arrangements, but it has not been updated yet. - AFP, IOL

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