Madagascar President, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, will be among other heads of state at the burial of President Michael Sata on Tuesday 11th November. South Africa will be represented by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of International Relations & Cooperation Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and First Lady Mrs. Zuma while Swaziland will send its Prime Minister Mr. Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini who will be accompanied by five senior government officials.
A couple of diplomatic missions accredited to Zambia and resident in South Africa will represent their respective countries at the burial.
Meanwhile, various dignitaries and individuals from various walks of life have continued paying their last respects to the late President who died in London on 28th October, 2014. The book of condolences at the High Commission of the Republic of Zambia in Pretoria remains open where more representatives from diplomatic Missions represented in South Africa have continued expressing their sympathies. These include Sudan, Australia, Suriname Tanzania, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Malawi, Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago, Egypt, Gabon, Brazil, Lesotho, Norway, the United Kingdom, Zimbabwe, Saharawi, China, Serbia, Thailand, Canada.
Others are Uganda, Côte d’Ivoire, Ukraine, Slovak Republic, Kenya, Namibia, Bulgaria, Japan, Cuba, Poland, New Zealand, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Guyana, Jamaica, Madagascar, Indonesia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Niger, Republic of Korea, Liberia, Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Republic of the Sudan, Australia, UNHCR and South Africa’s Department of International Relations & Cooperation. Zambians resident or visiting South Africa have also signed the book.