FNB Stadium location of Nelson Mandela’s official memorial services

On December 5th, 2013, Nelson Mandela, the first President of South Africa elected in a fully representative democratic election, died at the age of 95. South Africa observed a national mourning period of 10 days. During this time numerous memorial services were conducted around the world. The official memorial service was held at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, on 10 December.

While working with Botswana mining client I was in Johannesburg at time of Nelson Mandela’s passing and caught this awesome rainbow over the FNB Stadium following his Memorial Service.

“When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.” ~Nelson Mandela

First National Bank Stadium or simply FNB Stadium, also known as Soccer City and The Calabash, is a stadium located in Nasrec, bordering the Soweto area of Johannesburg, South Africa. The FNB Stadium is currently the largest stadium in Africa with a capacity of 94,736. The stadium is also known by its nickname “The Calabash” due to its resemblance to the African pot or gourd.

The FNB Stadium was the site of Nelson Mandela’s first speech in Johannesburg after his release from prison in 1990.