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Posted on Monday, 15 July 2013 15:22

South Africa gets ready for Nelson Mandela's birthday

By Crystal van Vyk

Nelson Mandela/Photo©ReutersAs millions prepare to celebrate Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday on Thursday well-wishers continue to flock to the Pretoria hospital, where the former president is being treated.


Mandela has spent more than a month in hospital, where he is being treated for a recurring lung infection.

At the hospital's entrance, the display of well wishes on a wall continued to grow. Hand-made cards, balloons, flowers, and flags of various countries covered the wall.

The presidency has continued to update the media and public on the global icon's condition and the last update said the Mandela was responding to treatment and was still in a critical but stable condition.

Meanwhile, it's been reported that former president Thabo Mbeki said he believed Mandela will be discharged soon to recuperate at home.

With three days to go before Mandela's birthday, millions of people all over the world are preparing to celebrate his life.

In 2010, the day was declared International Mandela Day, celebrating the contribution of Mandela to world freedom.

The resolution was unanimously adopted on November 10, 2009, with the support of all UN member states and co-sponsorship of over 165 members, from all regions of the world.

Millions of people give 67 minutes to a good cause marking the time Nelson Mandela spent as an activist.

According to the organisers, the "overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good".

Events range of people climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, people working at homeless shelters to cleaning dilapidated schools across South Africa.

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