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2013-12-09 14:29
Cape Town – A foreign influx of international TV reporters is growing as TV and print journalists from across the globe are descending on South Africa to cover the death of Nelson Mandela, with several racing to report from Qunu in the Eastern Cape when Madiba will be laid to rest.

More than 2 500 foreign press are expected to visit South Africa to cover the memorial services and funeral this week of the man described as “the father of the nation”.

Sky News dispatched anchor Jeremy Thompson who’ve covered South Africa for many decades during apartheid and the post-apartheid transformation, and Sky News’ Stuart Ramsay has also travelled to South Africa and gone to Qunu already to file a first story from there.

South Africa's David McKenzie, CNN International's correspondent in China, has also returned home on Saturday and will be filing stories and covering Mandela news from South Africa during the upcoming week.

NBC News' chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel is in South Africa as well, as is Lester Holt, who reported and anchored on Saturday night for the American newscast from Soweto. NBC Night News can be seen on CNBC Africa (DStv 410).

From BBC World News (StarSat 400 / DStv 400) now in South Africa are Komla Dumor and Jon Sopel. Ros Atkins flew in last week meaning to go to Lesotho. When Mandela died he made a U-turn back to Soweto and is still here for the upcoming week.

ABC News in America has Alex Marquardt and Byron Pitts reporting from South Africa.

Greg Palkot, the senior foreign affairs correspondent for Fox News Channel (StarSat 405), usually based in London, is in South Africa as well.

Al Jazeera (StarSat 401 / DStv 406) dispatched Mike Hanna and Jonah Hull to South Africa. Mike Hanna covered South Africa as a CNN International journalist during apartheid and the post-apartheid era. Hull is Al Jazeera's correspondent in London.

CBS News now has Allen Pizzey in Johannesburg, reporting for the CBS Evening News which can be seen on Sky News.

Anderson Cooper from CNN is also in South Africa. He will be reporting for AC360. He tweeted:

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