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Nxesi supervises Qunu preparations

The public works minister says preparations for Madiba’s funeral in Qunu have been intricate.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN.

QUNU - Teams have been working tirelessly to ensure Qunu is ready for Nelson Mandela's official state funeral, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said on Thursday.

The former statesman passed away peacefully at his Houghton home in Johannesburg last Thursday.

Madiba's funeral will take place on Sunday.

Around 4,000 people will attend the funeral to be held on Mandela's property.

Soldiers, police, traffic officials, journalists and contractors have all descended on the Eastern Cape village.

Nxesi is in Qunu to supervise the teams.

He says the logistics have been intricate.

The minister says the state is responsible for all logistical things, including infrastructure.

On Mandela's property, an arena has been set up for those attending the ceremony.

Teams have also been preparing his burial site as well as setting up marquees and public viewing areas.

The area around Madiba's home has also been cordoned off and only authorised people are allowed in.

A media centre has been set up at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu.

Television crews are also stationed in the area.