Madiba doing well at childhood village, says personal cook

2011-12-14 14:27

Former president Nelson Mandela is doing well at his childhood village after moving from Johannesburg before his 93rd birthday in July, his personal cook said.

“He is fine. He is enjoying home in the countryside.

He is fine. He is doing very, very well,” said Xoliswa Ndoyiya.

Ndoyiya was in Johannesburg to promote her cook book on Mandela’s favourite food, titled “Ukutya Kwasekhaya: Tastes from Nelson Mandela’s Kitchen”.

The anti-apartheid icon first returned to his rural home in June after being discharged from hospital in January for an acute respiratory infection.

At the time he was said to be receiving round-the-clock medical care.

His last public appearance was during the closing ceremony of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in Johannesburg, where he was wheeled in and waved joyfully to the crowd.

Mandela was elected the country’s first black president in South Africa’s first all-race vote in 1994 and served one term before stepping down in 1999.

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