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Wednesday, October 29, 1997 Published at 01:59 GMT


Spice Prince on African tour

The Prince of Wales is on an eight-day tour of South Africa where he will meet Nelson Mandela, Chief Buthelezi, and the Spice Girls.

It is the Prince's first tour since the death of his former wife Diana, Princess of Wales. He will be accompanied, for the first time on a major tour, by his youngest son, Prince Harry who is on a half-term break from school.

But Prince William cannot join the party as his half-term holiday ends this week.

Prince Harry will be accompanied by family friend, Tiggy Legge-Bourke, who will take the young Prince, and a schoolfriend, on a private safari.

Meanwhile, Charles hass formal engagements in Swaziland and Lesotho, where he will attend the coronation of King Letsie III.

On Saturday, father and son will be reunited in Johannesburg where they will attend a Spice Girls concert in aid of the Nations Trust, South Africa's equivalent of the Prince's Trust.

Earlier this year the hugely successful all-girl group performed at a Prince's Trust concert in Manchester. They are firm favourites of the young Princes.

Prince Charles' itinerary

Wednesday October 29

The Prince arrives in Johannesburg and goes onto Swaziland. The Prime Minister will meet the Prince. Charles will lay a wreath at King Sobhuza's memorial.

In the afternoon, the Prince will visit the Swaziland's parliament building before visiting a media centre to unveil a plaque.

In the evening, he will meet the British High Commissioner before attending a Swazi community reception.

Thursday October 30

Charles will visit a Cadbury's factory and a water project, where he will look round an irrigated market garden, before moving on to a primary school.

In the afternoon he will meet HM King Mswati III before leaving Swaziland for Lesotho.

The Prince will arrive at Moshoeshoe I Airportand dine with HM King Letsie III.

Friday October 31

In the morning, Prince Charles will depart from the British High Commissioner's residence for the Maseru Sports Stadium, where he will attend the Coronation Ceremony of King Letsie III.

After the ceremony, he will briefly return to the High Commissioner's residence before leaving for Pretoria from Moshoeshoe Airport.

On arrival at Waterkloof Airport in South Africa, the Prince will briefly visit the Presidential Guest House before attending a reception.

Saturday November 1

South African President Nelson Mandela will receive the Prince at Mahlamba Ndlopfu where he is to inspect the guard of honour before a lunch.

The Prince leaves for Johannesburg where he will visit the Hillbrow housing project and Newtown, areas of inner city regeneration. Later he will meet young people involved in enterprise training courses.

Charles will go on to a ceremony at the Hilton Hotel to present prizes to essay competition winners.

In the evening, it is the Spice Girls at a concert in aid of the Nations Trust at the Johannesburg Athletics Stadium.

Sunday November 1

The Prince is to spend the day privately with his son, Prince Harry.

Monday November 2

Charles will visit the St Lucia Nature Reserve before meeting the Premier of Kwa Zulu-Natal, Ben Ngubane. He then takes a helicopter to Kwamakutha township in Durban.

Tuesday November 3

The Prince travels to Cape Town where he will visit a police station and meet members of a community policing project.

He will visit the Peace and Development Project in Cape Town and later travels to the Tsoga Environmental Project.

Later, he will open the British Council offices in Central Cape Town. President Mandela hosts a state dinner in the evening.

Wednesday November 4

The Prince visits the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens before returning to central Cape Town.

Charles will inspect the Ravensmead Clinic TB awareness project, attend a play organised by the project and present prizes in a painting competition.

After a business seminar in Cape Town, Prince Charles flies back to London.

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