Nelson Mandela has celebrated his 95th birthday. The former South African Leader, still gravely unwell following a chronic lung illness, is said to be making progress towards a stable condition.
Present 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 statement.
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 artist Paul Blomkamp will unveil a huge painting of Mandela in New York’s Times Square and numerous commemorative live shows might be happening in Melbourne, Australia.
In Africa, school children will be singing a synchronised rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for our President, while Leader Zuma will manage 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 likely to stretch from the Fashion District all the way to the heart of the city.
Meanwhile, volunteers around the planet (including British Capitalist Richard Branson) will donate 67 minutes to charitable action or community service, in order to mark Mr. Mandela’s 67 years of public service (some time which incorporates his prison sentence, as well as his time as a 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 improvement” reporting that he is watching hospital TV with headsets on. “We anticipate having him back in the home soon” she said.
Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel has said she’s “less anxious” about his health than before. Today also marks the couple’s fifteenth wedding anniversary.
Mr. Mandela is usually communicating with his eyes and hands, but guests often say again that he’s smiling a lot also.
Following a present-giving ceremony in the Mamelodi Township, Mandela’s relatives will share a special birthday lunch with him. The household have prepared 95 cupcakes in his honour.