Preparations In High Gear To Mark Mandela BD

Global celebrations and charity events will mark Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday as the former South African president and anti-apartheid icon is in Pretoria hospital.
Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is said to be responding well to treatment
Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is said to be responding well to treatment

Volunteers will spend 67 minutes on hundreds of community upliftment projects — a minute for every year of his activism.

“I will also be giving my 67 minutes to make the world a better place, one small step at a time,” according British business magnate Richard Branson as saying.

The 94-year-old African hero was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria city in the northern province of Gauteng on June 8 as his lung infection deteriorated.

Mandela has a history of lung problems dating back to when he contracted tuberculosis as a political prisoner.

On Thursday, children in schools around South Africa will start their classes singing “Happy Birthday” to the former statesman.

The Nelson Mandela Legacy Bridge will be inaugurated at the icon’s birth village, Mvezo, in the rural Eastern Cape Province on Thursday.

A science-specialization high school bearing his name is also scheduled to be opened.

Meanwhile in the United States, various activities are planned in 17 cities on Thursday.

The anti-apartheid hero suffered from respiratory disease during 27 years in prison. He was released in 1990 and then he made peacemaking efforts in the country. He was elected as president in 1994.

The former South African president has received more than 250 awards over four decades, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. In recent years, Mandela’s health problems have worried his supporters.

Agencies

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