Members of Nelson Mandela's family came out of the hospital where the former South African president is being treated earlier today to look at the tributes left by well-wishers.
A statement read:
Madiba once said: "What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made in the lives of others.." I have thought of his words on each occasion the world stood with him, making a difference to him, in his healing.
So much love and generosity from South Africans, Africans across the continent, and thousands more from across the world, have come our way to lighten the burden of anxiety; bringing us love, comfort and hope.
– Graca Machel
The messages have come by letter, by SMS, by phone, by twitter, by Facebook, by email, cards, flowers and the human voice, in particular the voices of children in schools or singing outside our home. We have felt the closeness of the world and the deepest meaning of strength and peace.
Our gratitude is difficult to express. But the love and peace we feel give yet more life to the simple "Thank you!"
South African President Jacob Zuma said Nelson Mandela "continues to get better" in hospital.
He added that doctors have said the former President remains in a serious condition but his "improvement has been sustained."
Former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela is recovering well from a lung infection which has kept him in hospital for a week, his grandson has said.
"Madiba is recovering very well and looks good," Mandla Mandela said in Qunu, a village in the Eastern Cape province where Mandela was born and spent his early years.
Speaking in Xhosa at a funeral of another relative, Mandla used the clan name 'Madiba' by which 94-year-old Mandela is popularly known in South Africa.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is "recovering very well" in hospital, his grandson told Reuters.
South African president Jacob Zuma visited Nelson Mandela in hospital this evening, the country's government said.
"Madiba's health continues to improve but his condition remains serious.
"We continue to appeal to people to keep Madiba in their prayers and wish him a speedy recovery," President Zuma said in a statement.
Mandela, who was visited by his ex-wife Winnie today, has spent the last five days being treated in a Pretoria hospital for a lung infection.
The 94-year-old's eldest grandson Mandla thanked doctors, politicians and well-wishers who have supported the family during the former President's illness.
ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports from Pretoria:
Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie visited him in a Pretoria hospital today.
The former South African President has been in hospital for five days where he is being treated for a lung infection.
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma said the 94-year-old was responding better to treatment after "a difficult few days."
Nelson Mandela's eldest grandson, Mandla Mandela, thanked the doctors, politicians and well-wishers from home and abroad who have helped support the family during the former South African president's illness.