Nelson Mandela has celebrated his ninety fifth birthday. The previous South African Leader, still gravely ill following a recurring lung illness, is claimed to be making progress towards a steady condition.
Current South African President Jacob Zuma is alleged 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 is also International Mandela Day, one day declared by U.N in honour of the Man’s contributions to racial equality, too as to South Africa and the world.
South African artiste Paul Blomkamp will reveal a large painting of Mandela in New York’s Times Square and numerous commemorative events will be taking place in Melbourne, Australia.
In Africa, school children might be singing a synchronised rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for the President, while Leader Zuma will supervise the donation of homes to poor families in the Pretoria area. In Johannesburg, residents and well wishers shall be forming a Human chain that is expected to stretch from the Fashion District all of the way to that heart of the city.
Meanwhile, volunteers around the world (including British Capitalist Richard Branson) will donate 67 minutes to charitable action or community service, to be able to mark Mr. Mandela’s 67 years of public service (a time which includes 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 “remarkable improvement” reporting that he has been viewing hospital TV with headphones on. “We look forward to having him back in the home soon” she said.
Mandela’s spouse, Graca Machel has said that she’s “less anxious” about his physical condition than before. Nowadays also marks the couple’s 15th wedding anniversary.
Mr. Mandela is generally communicating together with his eyes and hands, but visitors often repeat that he is smiling a lot also.
Following a gift-giving ceremony with the Mamelodi Township, Mandela’s relatives will share a special birthday lunch with him. The household have prepared 95 cupcakes in the honour.