Uniting the world to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

As SES satellites transmit live events to news agencies worldwide from Soweto, South Africa, millions of viewers around the world join the nation to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, the country’s first black leader.

Mandela, who was troubled by a series of health problems in the last several months, was the anti-Apartheid icon and as such, much respected by ordinary people and world leaders alike.

Mandela’s celebration will include a chronicle of his private life and his relentless struggle against South Africa’s system of racial segregation; A stunning number of world leaders will converge to pay tribute to South Africa’s national hero at a memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Soweto and a state funeral that will be held at the remote village of Qunu in Mthatha where the former leader spent his childhood years.

As the world continues to pay homage to a legend, SES is delivering vital capacity via its NSS-7, SES-6, ASTRA 3B and ASTRA 4A satellites to broadcasters around the world that enables them to reach millions to celebrate the life and work of South Africa’s greatest leader.

"Mandela's impact is felt far beyond the borders of South Africa and his legacy will inspire future generations. We are glad we have been able to provide broadcasters with the service they need to celebrate the life of a great man whose courage, integrity and perseverance inspires so many people from all walks of life," said Samantha McCloskey, Vice President of Global Occasional Use Services at SES.