Preparations are in place for the 16th Nelson Mandela Lecture which former US president Barack Obama will deliver at Johannesburg’s Wanderers Stadium next week.

President Cyril Ramaphosa and his three predecessors will host the presidents of Botswana, Liberia and Cape Verde, former presidents of Botswana, Ireland and Finland, former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan and British billionaire Richard Branson.

It’s a joint initiative by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Motsepe Foundation.

Routes leading to the Wanderers stadium will be closed next Tuesday for the Lecture to mark what would have been the 100th birthday of former President Nelson Mandela

President Ramaphosa, Former Presidents Jacob Zuma, Kgalema Motlanthe and Thabo Mbeki will speak ahead of the lecture to be attended by eminent persons and international celebrities.

The official program will start at 2pm and Thandiswa Mazwai, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Soweto Gospel Choir, Kirk Whalum and Peter Gabriel will grace the occasion.

The news of Barack Obama delivering the lecture was received cordially around the world at the time. SABC News US correspondent below: