Nelson Mandela has marked his 95th birthday. The former South African President, still critically unwell following a returning lung disease, is said to be making progress towards a stable condition.
Current South African President Jacob Zuma is claimed to be “encouraged” by Mr. Mandela’s progress. “I’m able to say ‘happy birthday’ and he was capable of smile,” said Mr. Zuma in a announcement.
Mandela’s birthday is also Worldwide Mandela Day, a day declared by the U.N in honour of the Man’s assistance to racial equality, as well as to South Africa and the world.
South African artiste Paul Blomkamp will unveil a huge painting of Mandela in New York’s Times Square and various commemorative events will be happening in Melbourne, Australia.
In Africa, school children might be singing a synchronised rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for our President, while President Zuma will supervise the donation of houses to poor families in the Pretoria area. In Johannesburg, residents and well wishers shall be forming a Human chain that’s expected to stretch from the Fashion District all the way to that heart of that city.
Meanwhile, volunteers around the planet (including British Entrepreneur Richard Branson) will contribute sixty seven minutes to charitable action or community service, to be able to mark Mr. Mandela’s sixty seven years of public service (a time which has his prison sentence, as well as his time as the lawyer, an campaigner 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 is viewing hospital TV with headsets on. “We expect having him back at home soon” she said.
Mandela’s partner, Graca Machel has said she is “less anxious” about his physical condition than before. Nowadays also marks the couple’s 15th wedding anniversary.
Mr. Mandela is mostly communicating with his eyes and hands, but visitors often say again that he is smiling a lot also.
Following a present-giving ceremony with the Mamelodi Township, Mandela’s relatives will share a special birthday lunch with him. The family have prepared 95 cupcakes in his honour.