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.
Nelson Mandela's first ever television interview was given to ITN reporter Brian Widlake in May 1961.
Former ITV News presenter Sir Trevor McDonald was the first journalist to interview Nelson Mandela after his release from prison in 1990.
Nelson Mandela was a towering figure of utter integrity who will be remembered as the greatest African.