The official memorial service for Nelson Mandela will take place at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
A message on the government website said it would be attended by members of the public as well as heads of state.
"This will give ordinary people and public leaders an opportunity to celebrate Madiba's life collectively," they said in the statement.
A state funeral will be held days later, with the South African government saying "a funeral service and interment ceremony will take place at President Mandela's home and final resting place at Qunu in the Eastern Cape."
Nelson Mandela's first ever television interview was given to ITN reporter Brian Widlake in May 1961.
Former ITV News presenter Sir Trevor McDonald was the first journalist to interview Nelson Mandela after his release from prison in 1990.
Nelson Mandela was a towering figure of utter integrity who will be remembered as the greatest African.