Media release

Government updates media on accreditation for the funeral service of the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu

29 December 2021

29 December 2021

Government wishes to update members of the media on the arrangements in place to cover the Special Official Funeral of the Anglican Archbishop, Emeritus Desmond Tutu.  Archbishop Tutu passed away on Sunday, 26 December 2021, aged 90 after a long illness. He will be laid to rest on Saturday, 01 January 2022 at his former parish St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town.

In recognition of the late Archbishop Emeritus’ distinguished life and invaluable contribution to the nation, President Ramaphosa has designated the late leader’s funeral as a Special Official Funeral – Category 1.  This designation is enabled by the State, Official and Provincial Official Funeral Policy Manual.

1.    Media Accreditation

As per the media advisory issued on 28 December 2021, the application process for accreditation closed today at 10h00.  

Members of the media who have successfully applied are advised to collect their accreditation as follows:

DATE:            30-31 December 2021
TIME:             10h00-18h00
VENUE:         Legislature Office, 07 Wales Street, Cape Town

NB: No accreditation will be issued beyond these dates and times

To be accredited, media will be expected to produce a press card and identification, i.e. the green barcoded or Smart ID, South African Identity Document or a passport for foreign nationals. Once accredited, media and accreditation cards must be visible at all times.

2.    Funeral broadcast

Funeral proceedings will be carried live through various national and international broadcasting channels. In addition, provision has been made to stream the funeral service live on the following government platforms:




3.    Pool feed details

Members of the media are advised that the SABC will provide broadcasters with pool feed and the satellite parameters are as follows:

Satellite: Amos7 @3,9 degrees West

D/L Frequency: 12649,5MHz

Symbol Rate: 2,7MS/s

Modulation: 8PSK

Standard: DVB S2

FEC: Auto

Further queries on the pool feed should be directed to the SABC representative, Thabo Mophuthing on 065 864 7997.

The funeral will be held in compliance with the provisions of the COVID-19 health regulations that apply under Adjusted Alert Level 1 of the national state of disaster.

Additional media queries should be directed to William Baloyi on 0833907147 and Phathisa Ntlonze on 0781445980.

Enquiries: Michael Currin, GCIS Acting-Director-General Cell: 082 462 7896

Issued by: Government Communication and Information System

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