South Africa at WW1 centenary commemoration


Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is attending the centenary commemoration of Armistice Day in Paris, France.

She is representing South Africa on behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The celebrations commemorate the signing of the armistice between the allies and Germany at 11am on 11 November 1918 – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

This effectively ended World War 1.

This year’s Armistice Day coincides with Remembrance Sunday for its centenary, always held on the second Sunday in November, regardless of the date.

Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in honour of those who died in both World Wars.

Mapisa-Nqakula will participate in the first Paris Peace Forum to be held from Sunday.