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Thursday, July 18, 2013


Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela is spending his 95th birthday in hospital in Pretoria, as events take place around the world and in South Africa in his honour. Mandela, who is in critical but stable condition with a recurring lung infection, was admitted to the hospital on June 8South Africans are being urged to mark the former president and anti-apartheid leader's 67 years of public service with 67 minutes of charitable acts. Mr Mandela's birthday is also Nelson Mandela International Day, a day declared by the UN as a way to recognize the Nobel Prize winner's contribution to reconciliation.

Some of the activities to mark the day include:  School-children across the country singing a synchronized Happy Birthday to the former president,    Mandela family members handing out gifts to Mamelodi township and Mr Mandela becoming the first recipient of South Africa's new Smart ID Card, introduced on Thursday. His card will be collected on his behalf by his daughter Zindzi.  Events are also taking place internationally, with an image of a large Mandela painting by South African artist Paul Blomkamp featured in New York's Times Square.
Meanwhile, concerts are planned later this week in the Australian city of Melbourne, featuring local and African artists.

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