Nelson Mandela - Nelson Mandela To Spend 95th Birthday In Hospital

Ailing human rights icon Nelson Mandela will reportedly spend his 95th birthday on Thursday (18Jul13) in hospital while events take place around the world in celebration of the milestone.

The former South African president was admitted to a medical centre in Pretoria, South Africa at the beginning of June (13) to receive treatment for a recurring respiratory infection.

While some reports suggested he was placed on life support, Mandela has since made good progress in his health battle.

His daughter Zindzi Mandela said on Wednesday (17Jul13), "The gentleman is back. He amazes us everyday... You can see he is there in his eyes, the same energy, the same strength... I should think he will be going home anytime soon."

Scores of devotees holding colourful banners turned up outside the hospital ahead of his big day, while others scrawled birthday messages on nearby walls.

Mandela's children and grandchildren are expected to visit the hospital and sing Happy Birthday at his bedside, while students across South Africa will begin their school day with their own version of the celebratory song.

In 2009, members of the United Nations General Assembly declared 18 July to be Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of the former South African President's contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

People across the world are encouraged to give 67 minutes of their time to charitable causes in honour of the 67 years Mandela dedicated to public service.

South African President Jacob Zuma plans to mark Mandela's birthday by overseeing the donation of houses to poor families in Pretoria, while business mogul Sir Richard Branson has vowed to donate his time to his local community.

Veteran actor Morgan Freeman, who played Mandela in 2009 film Invictus, will hand out books at schools in Mississippi.

He says, "I'll be delivering books to a school in Mississippi. I encourage everyone around the world to pledge some of your time to do something great for Mandela Day."

Elsewhere, an image of a Mandela portrait by South African artist Paul Blomkamp will be featured in New York's Times Square and a giant picture of his face has been etched into the countryside in Kent, England.


Contactmusic

Tags: Nelson Mandela


Editors Recommendations

Is The Cannes Palme d'Or Heading David Cronenberg’s Way for 'Map to the Stars'?

The Cannes Film festival is sneaking up fast. The Oscars felt like they were 8 minutes ago...

Is The Cannes Palme d'Or Heading David Cronenberg’s Way for 'Map to the Stars'?

CounterPoint Festival 2014 To Feature Hometown Return of Outkast

Next weekend's CounterPoint Festival will be the event's first year at a new 5000-acre site, featuring...

CounterPoint Festival 2014 To Feature Hometown Return of Outkast

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' - Not Perfect, But Really, Really Fun

Superhero movies have been striving towards the almost unobtainable goal set...

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' - Not Perfect, But Really, Really Fun

Ricky Gervais is "Hooked" on David Brent Again - Former Paper Merchant To Return

A return for David Brent has been mooted ever since the character was wheeled...

Ricky Gervais is

This Labor Day, Jay Z Is Bringing "Made In America" To Downtown Los Angeles

Jay Z and the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti have announced that the rapper’s...

This Labor Day, Jay Z Is Bringing

Anna Wintour wants 'more exclusive' Met Ball 2014

The editor-in-chief of US VOGUE magazine is reportedly determined for the annual...

Anna Wintour - Anna Wintour wants 'more exclusive' Met Ball 2014

'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel Will Be Made 21 Years After The Original

The comedy classic 'Mrs. Doubtfire' is reportedly set to return to the big-screen...

'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel Will Be Made 21 Years After The Original

'Of Mice And Men' Brings Out Broadway Talents Of James Franco, Chris O'Dowd

Of Mice And Men premiered on Broadway last night, giving critics a chance to cast...

'Of Mice And Men' Brings Out Broadway Talents Of James Franco, Chris O'Dowd

Sofia Vergara On Her Menage a Trois in Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'

Sofia Vergara has been speaking about her nerves at shooting a ménage a trois with...

Sofia Vergara On Her Menage a Trois in Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'


More recommendations

Comments

Nelson Mandela Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Nelson Mandela

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All