Qunu residents ready to host visitors

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Qunu - Residents of Qunu in the Eastern Cape are getting ready to rent out their houses - and their horses - to visitors when Nelson Mandela is buried at his homestead there.

The Cape Argus reports that while Mandela lies critically ill in Pretoria hospital, a gravesite is being prepared for him in Qunu and thousands of people are expected to flock there to attend his funeral.

He was admitted for a recurring lung infection on June 8.

In Qunu, Adelaide Madyibi and her daughters, Kholosa and Tulile, expect to be renting out five rooms in their large home and will move elsewhere when the time for Mandela's funeral comes. She's painted the rooms, washed the linen and curtains. 

She also told the paper that she is not sure what she will be charging for the rooms, but she is renting out her bakkie for R700 a day. She has fitted the bakkie with four new tyres - spending R1 678 a tyre.

However, she believes that moving around on horseback would probably be the easiest for visitors to Qunu during this time. 

"One of my family members, Nobuntu, has already rented out two horses to guests who have insisted on renting horses. They will travel to Mandela's house on the horses when the time comes," she said.

Another Qunu resident, Ntomboxolo Mazwi, is preparing her rondavel for guests.

People had already offered Mazwi R500 per night to stay in her rondavel, but she was keeping it for someone else.

Tuesday was Mandela's 32nd day in hospital, ahead of his 95th birthday on 18 July.

Earlier in the day, the presidency again described him as "critical, but stable". 

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