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Houghton: A business hub for Madiba regalia

More entrepreneurs haved moved to Houghton to sell Madiba memorabilia outside his home.

Artist outside Nelson Mandela's Houghton home. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Entrepreneurs from as far as Senegal, who' have setup stalls outside the Houghton home of late former president Nelson Mandela say memorabilia has been selling fast.

Scores of people continue to visit Madiba's Johannesburg home to pay tribute to him, more than a week after his passing.

Mandela passed on last week on Thursday 5 December at the age of 95.

He was buried in the rural village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday 15 December, at a funeral service attended by 4,000 people.

Vendors have turned a large section of Fourth Street, which leads to Madiba's house, into a flea market.

A businessman from Senegal says he's in the country to soak up the atmosphere and to do business.

"Whatever price we give them, they don't care about it, they just buy and they're happy to do so. Anything that concerns Mandela, people are buying."

Meanwhile, an artist from Zambia, who sells wooden sculptures, says he wants to sell his three metre sculpture of Mandela to his family or the African National Congress.

"We made a sculpture of Madiba. As we all know, Madiba is a hero to the world. We made it so that we can show the new generation the history of our country, South Africa."