Residents of Qunu on Friday gathered at the Nelson Mandela museum to commemorate the first anniversary of his death.
"It is a year that Tata (Nelson Mandela) has passed on. We have mixed feelings, because we are coming to the reality that he's no more," said Pemmy Majodina, Eastern Cape Member of Executive Council for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.
Sonwabile Mancotywa, Chief executive officer of the South African Heritage Council, said South Africa was now known as "Mandela country".
"When Madiba (Nelson Mandela) passed on he had fulfilled his ideas of liquidating the apartheid state and freeing the African voice to reverberate in our land," he added.
A replica prison cell of Nelson Mandela's cell on Robben Island was erected at the museum.
The former South African president died in Johannesburg on December 5 last year at the age of 95.