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The Presidency of South Africa has said that former President Nelson Mandela still remains in hospital in Pretoria and his condition is critical but stable.
While at times his condition becomes unstable, doctors said Mandela has demonstrated "great resilience" and his condition tends to stabilise with medical interventions.
In a statement, the Presidency said doctors were working hard to improve his health and keep him comfortable.
President Jacob Zuma has thanked South Africans for their "ongoing prayers" after he released details of Nelson Mandela's condition in hospital.
A statement from his office said: "Doctors have indicated to President Jacob Zuma that the former president is making a slow but steady improvement.
"The medical team also reiterated that although his health was improving steadily, Madiba still remained in a critical condition".
Zuma added, “Let us continue to pray for Madiba’s recovery and good health".
Across South Africa people have been celebrating Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday, bouyed by news that his condition in hospital is improving.
Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports from Pretoria.
Nelson Mandela's grand-daughter, Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway, has said she is "overwhelmed" to be celebrating his 95th birthday with him. Speaking to Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo she said:
"I am just so happy that today is my grand-father's birthday and he is here and we are able to share this day with him."
The former wife of Nelson Mandela has thanked the public for the overwhelming support they have given the extended family, and said she was pleased to report that the former president is "on the mend." Speaking outside the hospital to ITV News she said:
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Nelson Mandela's health is improving, according to two of his granddaughters.
"Our grandfather is doing very well," Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway told ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo.
"He is stable but critical, but he is doing much better."
Swati Dlamini said she had been seeing a lot of the former South African president in hospital.
"We spend a lot of time back and forth to Pretoria," she said.