Mandela 'critical but stable'

Nelson Mandela remains in hospital in Pretoria in a critical but stable condition, President Jacob Zuma said. Doctors are working hard to keep the former president comfortable.

Celebrities wish Nelson Mandela happy birthday

Former heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis, retired South African cricketer Shaun Pollock and rapper P Diddy have tweeted:

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Happy Birthday Mr. Mandela!!!! Thank you for all you have done!! http://t.co/LuhSsceh20

Watch: Children sing Happy Birthday as Mandela turns 95

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South Africans celebrate Mandela's 95th birthday

People across South Africa are celebrating the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela, whose health is "steadily improving", according to the country's presidency.

A child holds a sign saying, 'Happy 95th Birthday Madiba'. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
A woman stands in front of posters and get well messages outside Mandela's Pretoria hospital. Credit: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Another child waves the South African flag. Credit: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Watch: Children sing Happy Birthday as Mandela turns 95

Granddaughter: Nelson Mandela 'doing much better'

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.

Presidency: Nelson Mandela's health 'steadily improving'

Mandela's granddaughter: 'We want him to go home'

As Nelson Mandela turns 95 in a hospital in Pretoria, two of his grandchildren told ITV News they are hoping he will return home soon.

"Of course we always hope that our grandfather's going to go home," Swati Dlamini told Rohit Kachroo.

Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway agreed: "We want him to go home."

The former South African president has been critically ill in hospital since he was admitted with a lung infection in early June.

Nelson Mandela's health 'steadily improving'

Nelson Mandela remains in hospital but his health is "steadily improving," the South African presidency said today.

“On behalf of government and all the people of South Africa, we wish Madiba a joyous 95th birthday," said President Zuma in a statement.

"We are proud to call this international icon our own as South Africans and wish him good health."

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Obamas send birthday wishes to Nelson Mandela

Barack and Michelle Obama have sent their best wishes to Nelson Mandela on the former South African president's 95th birthday.

The US president and first lady said the world can honour Mandela by heeding his example and serving others.

The couple met the Mandela family last month on a visit to the former prison on Robben Island where the former leader spent 18 years in jail.

Barack Obama stands in the Robben Island prison cell in which Nelson Mandela spent 18 years. Credit: Reuters
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