25 September 2018
The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on State Funerals, led by Minister in the Presidency, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, met on Monday, 24 September 2018, to discuss arrangements for the Memorial and Funeral Services for the late Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, who passed on in the morning on Saturday, 22 September 2018 at the age of 61.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared an Official Funeral (category 1) for Minister Molewa.Official Funeral Category 1 is for Serving Ministers, Speaker of the National Assembly, Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa, Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Premiers of Provinces, distinguished persons specifically designated by the President of the Republic of South Africa.
Dr Molewa served the South African Government at many portfolios. She met her untimely death serving as the Minister of Environmental Affairs. She distinguished herself in many fields, and had most recently been bestowed with the Officier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (or Officer in the French Legion of Honour) by the French Government. The Legion of Honour celebrated Minister Molewa’s commitment to South Africa, the struggle for freedom and democracy, women’s rights and the fight against climate change.
Minister Molewa will be honoured with an Official Memorial Service on Wednesday, 3 October 2018, in Pretoria. The venue for the Memorial Service will be communicated in due course. The ceremony will be open to the members of the public.
The funeral service will take place on Saturday, 6 October 2018, in Pretoria, at a venue to be confirmed.
Mourners can attend the daily evening prayer services which will be held at the Molewa residence at 19h00.
A condolence book has been placed at the Molewa family residence. More condolence books will also be placed at the Union Buildings, Department of Environmental Affairs Offices in Pretoria and Cape Town, Sefako Makgatho University, Vaal University of Technology, South African National Parks, South African National Biodiversity Institute and South African Weather Service for the members of the public to express their messages of support to the family.
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