Former South African President Nelson Mandela’s health condition has continued to improve, even though he remains in a ‘critical but stable’ condition in hospital in Pretoria, the presidency said Tuesday.
The update on the health of the global icon was the first by the South African presidency since his 95th birthday was marked globally 18 July.
The former President has been in hospital since 8 June over a recurring lung infection.
In the latest update, President Jacob Zuma urged the public to continue praying for the man fondly called Madiba, and he thanked those who partake in community work to take forward the good work of the former President during the 2013 Mandela Day
The President has also called upon the business community to support the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital project.
“Madiba loves children and wants the best for them. He wants us to ensure that they have a better future. He expressed eloquently his wish for a special hospital to cater for the needs of children, hence the plans to establish the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in his honour.
‘The Department of Health, civil society and the academic sector are working together to make this project succeed. The Hospital will be one of the most inspiring legacies of this remarkable statesman and leader of our people, and we humbly invite all sectors to actively support this project. We also urge the public at large to rally behind this project so that it can come to fruition,’ he said.