A week of mourning
Saturday, Dec 7
Mandela's body is prepared by the military to lie in state at the seat of government, the Union Buildings in Pretoria, for three days next week.
Sunday, Dec 8
A national day of prayer called by the government, to be marked at places of worship, at home or in community gatherings.
Tuesday, Dec 10
Official memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, to be attended by 80,000 people including members of the public, heads of state and government, and other VIPs.
Wednesday, Dec 11 to Friday, Dec 13
The former president's remains will lie in state in Pretoria -- transferred every day between the 1 Military Hospital and the Union Buildings in a cortege. The government has urged mourners to line the route and form a guard of honour.
Saturday, Dec 14
Madiba's remains will be transported to Qunu from the Waterkloof air force base in Pretoria, where the ruling ANC will bid the icon farewell.
In the Eastern Cape, a procession will take place from Mthatha to Qunu about 30 kilometres away, where Mandela's Thembu clan will conduct a traditional ceremony.
Sunday, Dec 15
Mandela will be laid to rest in a state funeral at Qunu. The burial will be broadcast live on television.