The village of Qunu, where Nelson Mandela grew up as a child, is preparing to stage his state funeral.
New roads are being finished to accommodate vehicles that will ferry some of the world's most powerful people into the village.
International Correspondent John Irvine has been speaking to locals as they prepare to welcome their most famous son home to rest for the final time.
A man who worked against and with Nelson Mandela paid tribute to the "incalculable" impact he had on South Africa and the world. Pik Botha served as his country's foreign minister in the last few years of the apartheid regime, and helped negotiate Nelson Mandela's release from prison in 1990.
Mr Botha said he was grateful to have known and worked with Mandela, whom he later became friends with. He said the challenge for South Africa now is to sustain his legacy, as Mark Austin reports.
Winnie Mandela attended a service a memorial service in Johannesburg this morning alongside South Africa's president Jacob Zuma.
The former wife of Nelson Mandela joined millions across the country taking part in a national day of prayer and reflection to commemorate the life of the anti-apartheid leader, as Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports.
The official memorial service for Nelson Mandela will take place at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
A message on the government website said it would be attended by members of the public as well as heads of state.
"This will give ordinary people and public leaders an opportunity to celebrate Madiba's life collectively," they said in the statement.
A state funeral will be held days later, with the South African government saying "a funeral service and interment ceremony will take place at President Mandela's home and final resting place at Qunu in the Eastern Cape."
As the bishop finished his sermon, the Johannesburg congregation rose from their seats before breaking into song and swarming towards the front of the stage singing, dancing, ringing bells and drumming.
The former South African leader's grandson Mandla Mandela and Jacob Zuma also joined the crowd in the singing and dancing.
Jacob Zuma has hailed the legacy of Nelson Mandela saying he "stood for freedom and fought those who oppressed others".
The South African president was speaking in front of mourners including Winnie Mandela at a service in Johannesburg to commemorate the life of Mandela who died on Thursday at the age of 95.
Zuma said Mandela helped unite South Africa as the "rainbow nation" though his belief in reconciliation.
The service marks the start in a series of events to honour South Africa's first black president culminating in Mandela's funeral next Sunday.
South Africans are taking part in a national day of prayer and reflection to commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela.
The prayers mark the start of a series of events to honour South Africa's first black president.
Mandela's former wife Winnie Mandela attended a memorial service in Johannesburg this morning alongside president Jacob Zuma.
A national memorial service for Mandela will be held at a Johannesburg stadium on Tuesday with figures including President Obama and David Cameron expected to attend.
Mandela's body will lie in state in Pretoria from Wednesday to Friday before his funeral and burial next Sunday.
The church congregation is singing traditional songs, clapping, banging drums and ringing bells and whistling as Zuma and the Mandela family walk down the church aisle - this is a church service Africa-style.
The congregation greets each other in Xhosa: Kgotso ebe le wena - or "peace be with you".
Nelson Mandela's former wife Winnie Mandela has arrived at a memorial service in Johannesburg as a "national day of prayer and reflection" got underway for the former South African president.
President Jacob Zuma also arrived at the Bryanston Methodist Church to pay tribute to Mandela who died on Thursday at the age of 95.
The service is one of a series of events to mark the death of the civil rights activist.