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President Cyril Ramaphosa declares special official funeral category 1 for Ikosi Sipho Mahlangu

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has honoured the late Ikosi Sipho Etwell Mahlangu, Chairperson of the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders (NHTKL), by designating his funeral as a Special Official Funeral Category 1. 
Ikosi Mahlangu, of the Ndzundza Mabusa Traditional Council, passed away on 16 July 2021.
The President has authorised that the national flag be flown at half-mast at every flag station in the country from tomorrow morning, Wednesday, 21 July 2021, until the evening of the day of the funeral service on Friday, 23 July 2021.
The Special Official Funeral Service of the late Ikosi Mahlangu will be held at the Ndzundza Mabusa Royal Residence. 
The Special Official Funeral Service is declared on condition of compliance with regulation 11B, Sub-regulation 8 of COVID-19 Regulations issued by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (GOGTA), Government Notice No.
R398 of 25 March 2020.
Ikosi Mahlangu was an outstanding champion of the role of traditional leaders in the development and empowerment of communities. As Chairperson of the NHTKL, he supported the development of traditional communities through the Developmental Monarch Approach to rural development.  He also championed the Invest Rural Strategy to drive inclusive economic growth in rural areas.

Media enquires Tyrone Seale: Acting Spokesperson to the President: 083 575 7440
Issued by: The Presidency