Nelson Mandela has celebrated his ninety fifth birthday. The former South African Leader, still critically sick following a recurring lung disease, is claimed to be making improvement towards a stable condition.
Current South African President Jacob Zuma is said to be “encouraged” by Mr. Mandela’s progress. “I was able to say ‘happy birthday’ and he was in a position to smile,” said Mr. Zuma in a statement.
Mandela’s birthday can be International Mandela Day, one day declared by the U.N in honour to that Man’s contributions to racial equality, as well as to South Africa and also the world.
South African artiste Paul Blomkamp will unveil a large painting of Mandela in New York’s Times Square and various commemorative events might be happening in Melbourne, Australia.
In Africa, school children will be singing a synchronised rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for our President, while President Zuma will supervise the donation of homes to poor families in the Pretoria area. In Johannesburg, residents and well wishers will be forming a Human chain that’s expected to stretch from the Fashion District all of the way to that heart of that city.
Meanwhile, volunteers around the planet (including British Entrepreneur Richard Branson) will contribute 67 minutes to charitable action or community service, to be able to mark Mr. Mandela’s 67 years of public service (a time which incorporates his prison sentence, as well as his time as a lawyer, an activist and South Africa’s first black President).
Mr. Mandela’s daughter Zindzi was quoted as saying that her father was making “amazing development” reporting that he has been watching hospital television with headphones on. “We expect having him back in the home soon” she said.
Mandela’s partner, Graca Machel has said that she is “less anxious” about his health than before. Today also marks the couple’s 15th wedding anniversary.
Mr. Mandela is generally communicating together with his eyes and hands, but guests often say again that he is smiling a great deal also.
Following a present-giving ceremony in the Mamelodi Township, Mandela’s family will share a unique birthday lunch with him. The family have prepared 95 cupcakes in the honour.
Nelson Mandela Celebrates ninety fifth Birthday in Hospital