Chester Williams will be laid to rest in an official state funeral at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday.
Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille announced the news at a memorial for the Springbok legend at the University of the Western Cape on Wednesday.
Williams died suddenly from a heart attack last Friday. He was 49.
De Lille said she was a close friend of the Williams family.
“We were great friends. He used to love to make potjiekos and a braai at the same time. He would sit at the braai and play PJ Powers songs, until I asked him to play something else,” De Lille was quoted as saying.
“We’ve lost a legend and an icon, but he has run a good race. He has shown us in the short space of 49 years what he has achieved,” De Lille said.