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Nelson Mandela spends 95th birthday in hospital

Johannesburg, July 18 (): Former South African president Nelson Mandela spends his 95th birthday in hospital on Thursday, but was said to be making “remarkable” progress. To mark his birthday, events are taking place around the world and in South Africa in his honour.

Mandela was admitted in the hospital on June 8 for the prolonged illness caused by recurring lung infection. The former President is critically ill in the hospital, although he is said to be improving and could be discharged soon. Mandela’s daughter, Zindzi, said on Wednesday that he had made “dramatic progress”. She added further that Mandela is gaining energy and strength and would be going home any time.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are sending their wishes and prayers to former South African leader Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday.

The American President called on people to honour the elderly leader by taking part in Nelson Mandela Day on Thursday, when admirers around the world will uphold his legacy with charitable acts.

The United Nations declared July 18 as Mandela Day four years ago to honour his role in integrating a country torn apart by apartheid. It started as a call to promote global peace and encourage community service.

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and several other groups have requested people to undertake 67 minutes towards charity in honour of what they say are the 67 years that Mandela served his community.

Volunteers have taken to services like cleaning streets, painting schools and politicians will spend 67 minutes on worthy projects to mark Mandela’s 67 years of public service.

The South African government will also host a ceremony for the symbolic handing over of Mandela’s new high-tech ID card, which will be received by Zindzi.

School children in the nation will sing “Happy Birthday” to the revered statesman in unison. The day also marks 15 years since he married his wife, Graca Machel.