Following a week of memorials and three days of lying in state at the Union Buildings, Nelson Mandela is finally being buried in his childhood village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.
Mandela died last Thursday at 20:50 at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg.
A massive memorial service was held at FNB Stadium in Soweto. The service was attended by 91 heads of state and included speeches by Cuban President Raul Castro, our own President Jacob Zuma and US President Barack Obama.
Other services were also held in other cities around the country during the week.
Following three days of lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, during which about 100 000 people viewed Madiba’s body, Mandela was flown to Mthatha. From there, a cortege took him to Qunu.
Thousands of people are expected to attend the funeral, including talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, billionaire Richard Branson, Idris Elba, Forest Whitaker.