Johannesburg, July 17 (Prensa Latina) The 94th birthday of Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918) will be celebrated by South Africans nationwide tomorrow, according to media reports quoting government officials.
President Jacob Zuma said in a communiqué to have informed Mandela in a recent meeting that “as always, all South Africans are waiting for July 18 to wish him a happy birthday in all possible ways.”
Zuma expressed his satisfaction for having wished a happy birthday to “Madiba” in advance on that occasion.
The South African president had lunch with Mandela last Wednesday and said he is “in very god health”.
Activities to celebrate Mandelaâ�Ös birthday include thousands of school students who will sang “Happy Birthday Madiba” in chorus at 08:00 local time (06:00 GMT).
Since 2009, the United Nations Organization declared July 18 as “Mandelaâ�Ös Day”, with a call to devote one minute to help others for each and every of the 67 years of struggle of Mandela.
Local media are publishing details of Mandelaâ�Ös life and work, as well as interviews with people close to him, like Zelda la Grange, his former private secretary, who now describes him as “fit” and “pampered by his family and doctors.”