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(Delwyn Verasamy, M&G) The number of visitors to the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu, Eastern Cape, has spiked over the past two weeks, the museum said on Wednesday. “Last year tour guides took two or three visiting groups a day to the sliding stone. Over the past two weeks this number has increased to between 15 and 20,” spokespersonNokuzola Tetani said in a statement. The visitors, both local and foreign, were interested in seeing the historically important sites associated with Mandela. “Such sites included the sliding stone where Mr Mandela used to play, and the ruins of his primary school.” She said the “once sleepy village” was becoming a South African pilgrimage site. Visitors were keen to visit Mandela’s grave, but were not yet allowed to. At present they could see it from a nearby hill. Tetani could not say when the public would be allowed to visit the grave as this depended on the family. The visitor numbers were creating opportunities for the museum’s accredited tour guides, youths from Qunu. “The museum has exposed the guides to a variety of important sites in Qunu and neighbouring villages of Mvezo, Tyalara and Mqhekezweni.” She said the museum was helping to establish a Qunu tourist guide association.
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Nelson Mandela funeral: Live Report
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Of Winnie, he says: “When the ANC was banned she refused to be silenced and carried on the struggle with amazing bravery. She was persecuted severely for standing by you and for remaining resolute in pursuit of a free, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and united South Africa.” 0845 GMT: “You offered hope in place of hopelessness,” Zuma says. He adds: “South Africa will continue to rise because we dare not fail you”. 0839 GMT: “Whilst your long walk to freedom has ended in a physical sense, our own journey continues,” Zuma says of Mandela. “We have to take the legacy forward — in doing so we will continue drawing lessons from your very rich and extraordinary life.” ‘WE HAVE TO TAKE THE LEGACY FORWARD’ ZUMA TELLS MEMORIAL 0833 GMT: Zuma calls Mandela “a fountain of wisdom, a pillar of strength and a beacon of hope.” He adds: “Today marks the end of an extraordinary journey that began 95 years ago. It is the end of 95 glorious years of a freedom fighter, a dedicated and humble servant of the people of South Africa.” 0829 GMT: The Qunu crowd is on its feet to sing with Zuma, some holding fists in the air, in that song from the time of the ANC’s struggle against apartheid. 0827 GMT: Zuma starts with a song, leading the mourners in chorus. 0822 GMT: Now South African President Jacob Zuma is up. He was booed at the memorial but gets loud cheers here. British entrepreneur Richard Branson (R) and US TV host Oprah Winfrey attend the funeral ceremony of Before he speaks, a praise-singer takes the stage to introduce the president. 0817 GMT: Kikwete says that when Mandela came to Tanzania in 1962, he had no passport but was given a Tanzanian one which allowed him to travel around the continent. “The ANC found a new home in Tanzania from where it operated, organised, spearhead and executed the armed struggle,” he adds. 0810 GMT: “The people of Tanzania have lost a great friend,” Kikwete says. “People of Tanzania would like you to know that you are not alone, they are with you.
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Thousands crowd roads for Mandela funeral procession
14 in Mthatha, South Africa. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images) Story Highlights Villagers happy to be part of bringing Mandela home to Qunu, where he grew up Mandela’s body will rest in his bedroom in his Qunu home Saturday night White dome-shaped tent is expected to house the 4,500 who will be allowed to attend funeral Sunday SHARE 383 CONNECT 82 TWEET 91 COMMENTEMAILMORE QUNU, South Africa Villagers converged along the sun-kissed roads here Saturday, hoping for a glimpse of Nelson Mandela