President to deliver eulogy at Modise's funeral

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday deliver the eulogy at the Special Official Funeral of the late former Chief of State Protocol, Ambassador Billy Modise. 

The funeral service will take place at Marks Park Sports Field, across from West Park Cemetery in Johannesburg.

The service starts at 9am and is open to the members of the public.

Ambassador Modise passed away on the 20th of June 2018. President Ramaphosa declared his funeral a category 1 Special Official funeral.

Born in the Free State on the 8th of December 1930, Ambassador Modise was affectionately known as “Uncle Billy” or “Bra Billy.”

He worked for the United Nations and later the African National Congress (ANC) appointed him as its Chief Representative in Sweden. 

He also served as the first black High Commissioner of South Africa to Sweden from 1995 up until 1999 before he was appointed as the Chief of State Protocol. –