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Normal activity has resumed at Pretoria's Heart Hospital after former President Nelson Mandela was discharged but tribute messages have now begun to grow outside his home in Houghton. Watch. WATCH

Johannesburg - Well wishers have been driving past former president Nelson Mandela's home in Houghton to take pictures and read messages left on the ailing icon's lawn.

And for one enterprising man, it is proving an income as well.

Thomas Masinga, who operates a mobile pancake-making machine set up shop on the street adjacent to Mandela's house.

He has been operating the gas-run pancake stove from 06:00 to 17:00 since Friday.

"On the first day I made R500, yesterday (Saturday) I made R600. We'll see today (Sunday)."

Most of his customers were motorists driving by or residents walking around the neighbourhood, he said.

Sandile Masondo drove from Fourways to take pictures of his 4-year-old son, Lwandile, at the house.

"This is for my son. Twenty years from now when he is old, these pictures will capture the greatness of [Mandela]," Masondo said.

A woman and her daughter also stopped by the house to take pictures on the lawn.

People have left flowers and messages painted on colourful stones since the return of Mandela's recurring lung infection earlier this year.

He was admitted to the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on  8 June and discharged last Sunday.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said the last statement on Mandela's condition still stands. In that statement, on 1 September,  he said Mandela was still critical, but at times unstable.

Two young men waved at reporters and cameramen as they drove past the corner where a small media contingent was keeping watch on the house.

They took shelter from the heat under gazebos directly across Mandela's home, while others sat in their cars.


On Saturday, a film titled: Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom had its first international screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The film was produced by South African film-maker Anant Singh and starred British actors Idris Elba and Naomie Harris as Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

South African comedian Riaad Moosa plays the role of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, South African actress Terry Pheto plays Mandela's first wife Evelyn Mase and Lindiwe Matshikiza plays his daughter Zindzi Mandela.

The screening ended with an eight minute standing ovation from the audience, according to a statement from Singh's company Videovision Entertainment.

Mandela's home has been reconfigured to ensure he receives the correct care, and some staff who had been at the hospital are also caring for him at home.

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