Mandela makes 'dramatic' progress, says daughter

2013-07-17 18:05

Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela, who has been in hospital for almost six weeks, has made "dramatic progress", and may be going home "anytime soon", his daughter Zindzi has said on the eve of his 95th birthday.

Mandela turns 95 on Thursday.

"I visited him yesterday [Tuesday] and he was watching television with headphones," said Zindzi Mandela in an interview with Britain's Sky TV. "He gave us a huge smile and raised his hand... He responds with his eyes and his hands."

She added that Madiba was gaining "energy and strength".

"I should think he will be going home anytime soon."

Mandela was admitted to the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on 8 June with a recurring lung infection.

Zindzi's update on her famous father's health comes about two weeks after court documents claimed he was in a "vegetative" state and that doctors had suggested to the family to turn off his life support.

To date, the official word from government is that his condition is critical, but stable.

Nelson Mandela International Day

The UN declared the 18th Nelson Mandela International Day to recognise the Nobel Prize winner's contribution to reconciliation.

President Jacob Zuma will mark the birthday by overseeing the donation of houses to poor white families in the Pretoria area, in line with his Cabinet's theme to commemorate Mandela's birthday this year by focusing on food security, shelter and literacy.

In Cape Town, labour activists are holding an event at St George's Cathedral on Thursday, in remembrance of Mandela's years of service and to encourage people to donate food to charity while leaving messages of support for the former leader's family.

The anti-apartheid leader has also inspired artists and graphic designers who celebrate his life through paintings and posters.

A group of young South African designers created a poster project to offer a global perspective of Mandela with submissions from around the world.

The group whittled down 700 posters submitted by designers from more than 70 countries, to 95 for each day of Mandela's life.

"He carries across this concept of humanity and selflessness," said Mohammed Jogie, co-founder of the project.

South African artists John Adams and Paul Blomkamp have painted two of the largest Mandela paintings.

Blomkamp said his painting was inspired by Mandela's energy, which he described as exceptional.

Blomkamp said an image of his painting will be featured in a display in New York's Times Square on Thursday in honour of Mandela's birthday.

  • Poloyatonki Kgosi - 2013-07-17 18:09

    ok.. give him his birthday case before he sleeps again.

      Pieter Du Plessis - 2013-07-17 18:11

      Well in the USA they have the "birthers", in SA we have the "die-ers". Both are wrong. Good news!

      Debbie du Plessis - 2013-07-17 19:12

      How can Madiba be going home if on life support? ... or what does this version of "going home" mean?

      Terry Elkington - 2013-07-17 20:25

      It is sad that there is so much speculation around Madiba's recovery. Soooo ... much smoke and mirrors. If he was nearing going home , why not have his doctor live on TV announce the good news ??

  • Tim Norris - 2013-07-17 18:09

    Well I trust that when he gets home he calls a family meeting and sorts out all the nonsense that has been going on

      Gustav Preller - 2013-07-17 19:09

      Tim, dont be too suprised when very soon after his birthday our esteemed government announces that Madiba has finally given up the fight...

      homoerectus - 2013-07-17 19:28

      You idiots said the same about the Obama visit "Ja no bru, dnt b suprizd if dy mension madiba is ded after obama is gon bru". You ought not apply your mind to such follies.

      Sinabo Mnqonywa - 2013-07-17 19:45

      He needs to be sane to that. I don't see that meeting happening hey.

  • Oscar Lekoane - 2013-07-17 18:11

    Unbelievable,watching tv with headphones?that's a miraculous recovery.

      Gabriel van Dyke - 2013-07-17 19:26

      You are being very gullible, Oscar.

      Oscar Lekoane - 2013-07-17 20:27

      Thank you Mr Block,@ least someone gets it.

      Scouter Four-One - 2013-07-17 22:44

      You can put headphones on a corpse and place a TV in front of them and describe it allegorically..... the raising of a hand is quite a stunt though.

      Charmaine Hoffmann - 2013-07-18 09:15

      Only in SA can a dead man actually have a birth day! Must be a miracle...he died on the 25th or 26th and have been in a vegetative state since then....lies lies and more lies...if he is doing so well and watching TV and given thumbs-up's SHOW US!!!!

      YagAvaryu - 2013-07-18 20:13

      Oscar, my apologies! Thanks Leonard.

      Oscar Lekoane - 2013-07-18 23:11

      Apology accepted @Yag

  • kalabafazi - 2013-07-17 18:12

    I am insulted by the fact that these people think I'm an idiot by and will believe the bull that comes out of their collective mouths every time they talk.

      Johan Grobler - 2013-07-17 18:27

      Fully agree

      Linds Ron-House - 2013-07-17 19:12

      @Kalabafazi & Leonard, unless you have evidence to the contrary, I suggest you maintain your peace! Winnie and her daughters are anti-Zuma so I doubt they would conspire with him against the whole nation.

      Miguel Capelo - 2013-07-17 20:00

      I second that!

      Scouter Four-One - 2013-07-17 22:46

      @Rons - the family have a different agenda and that agenda is to milk the very last drop out of the Madiba legacy......

      Ron Bilyard - 2013-07-18 11:26


      Jason van Heerden - 2013-07-18 12:37

      @Linds I am sure behind closed doors everyone is friends, it's all a game.

  • Royal Princess Mathonsi - 2013-07-17 18:16

    This Mandela family must stop lying to the nation as a whole. We all expected that his death will be announced tomorrow now they closing the subject saying he is coming home soon what do they mean by that? Is he coming home to his resting place or? They are shaming the Icon by the scandal and false info atlease some respect for the old man by a dignifying burial servce will be highly appreciated. Much respect to Madiba please family respect your ill ones through sickness and in hell

      Kgaris Kgethzin - 2013-07-18 12:10

      lol ke maka fela

  • Desiree Rowe - 2013-07-17 18:16

    As the children say "How the hell can we believe you!"

  • Johan_Swart - 2013-07-17 18:17

    wishfull thinking cannot change reality

  • Fillas Fedrick Maluleke - 2013-07-17 18:18

    The hero of nation Nelson Mandela's situation looks better as Mandela day tomorrow

  • Gideon Joubert - 2013-07-17 18:20

    Highly unlikely: A man of 95 is not hospitalised for a month, hooked up to a heart and lung machine, and simply "recovers" as if it were but a cold.

      Makhosonke Mqikela - 2013-07-17 18:47

      I won't be suprised if an anouncement after birhtday celebrations an announcement says he made a 'dramatic U-turn' in so much that doctors could not do much due to blah blah blah.

      Sinabo Mnqonywa - 2013-07-17 19:47

      How do you know that he is on bypass?

      Jurie Nel - 2013-07-18 07:21


  • veldt66 - 2013-07-17 18:21

    Iconic fighter!!!!!

  • Chris P Noodle - 2013-07-17 18:22

    At this rate he will be running Comrades next year

      Hlanganani Ndlovu - 2013-07-17 20:01

      Chris, u made my day ! well said, thanx

      fargone - 2013-07-17 22:11

      Almost right Chris... Not only will he win but he will go on to win the Two Oceans as well as the Boston Marathon...about as true as his recovery. Fact is that in reality no one expects him to keep living. If one is gullible enough to believe that he is getting better one may as well believe that he will go on to have a fabulous marathon career. It is rather unfortunate that it is no longer safe or wise for that matter to believe everything we are told.

  • Azania Khathutshelo Smody - 2013-07-17 18:24

    This is not good news to makaziwe

  • Edwin Chipungu - 2013-07-17 18:30

    "Dramatic" recovery,unbeliable!

  • Makhosonke Mqikela - 2013-07-17 18:32

    The 'family' use, misused and abuse Nelson not only physically but also emotionally. The motive is only known by 'them'.

      DumAss Blackie - 2013-07-17 18:44

      The motive is known to everybody - MONEY..!!!!! And like there wasn't going to be a 'dramatic' recovery just a day before his birthday.... yeah right..!! and then come this weekend/next week it will be a 'dramatic' turn for the worst.... watch..!! Waaaaayyyy too much money to be made on these birthday celebrations for them not to cash in...

  • renelw1 - 2013-07-17 18:34

    Seeing is believing!!

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-07-17 18:42

    If Graca had said this it would have been much more believable. Somehow Winnie's daughter doesn't do it for me.

  • Marshall Mokwena - 2013-07-17 18:42

    Only God detemines when one's life ends.For now and until God say its enough,Madiba will be with us. To those who wished him dead can also start their own funerals.

      Sanelisiwe Mtsewu - 2013-07-17 18:49

      that's totally true........!

  • Sibusiso Shabalala - 2013-07-17 18:46

    Qhawe la Maqhawe!! Will enjoy my 67minutes much more tomorrow! #Les'doIt!

  • Sean Tattersall - 2013-07-17 18:50

    So what will he be doing for his 67 mins?

  • Edwin Chipungu - 2013-07-17 18:51

    I stand to be corrected if I'm wrong.Isn't this the same person/people who claimed that Madiba was in an irrecoverable vegetative state that medical experts were bound to switch off life support systerm.What does this WICKED family looking forward to gain this time??????

  • Paljas Paljassie - 2013-07-17 18:51

    Blah, blah, blah! I seriously wonder if he is still alive. Will wait till tomorrow.

  • Israel - 2013-07-17 18:55

    I do not believe ONE SINGLE DAMN WORD!!!!

  • Chris Buchner - 2013-07-17 18:57

    Is makes

  • petrut - 2013-07-17 19:11

    Or she is lying!

  • Elliot Menziwa - 2013-07-17 19:11

    With so many prayers it was only a matter of time before he recovers. In islam they say: Allahu akbar!..... Zinzi is an optimist ..yhem, yhem, ngqolomsila vela...

  • Richard Sanderson - 2013-07-17 19:12

    Why don't we all just ignore all these "official comments", wish Madiba a HAPPY BIRTHDAY and see what happens next. All the best to a real Icon.

      Rejoice T MAshaba - 2013-07-18 11:41

      hey I agree with u, point taken

  • Lynette Hugo - 2013-07-17 19:12

    So why dont you show us some photos, or must we wait till his birthday to morrow and the photo will be a family photo with all his family and children as well as grand children.

  • Maria Ferreira - 2013-07-17 19:19

    Could it be that he is being kept!! alive in order to claim his 95th birthday present (large sum of money) promised to him by the U.K. should he reach 95yrs ????.

      Jean Berendjen Pretorius Geldenhuys - 2013-07-17 19:51

      If there was such a promise then all is clear to me!!!!!

      Sharon Johnson - 2013-07-17 20:16

      where's your evidence for such a claim...

  • Whitney Marope - 2013-07-17 19:20

    I wonder if this is good or bad news to his family

  • Mcool McKwanazi - 2013-07-17 19:22

    These apples fell miles away from the tree. How come there were no reports about small positive signs leading to this big recovery? They should all be ashamed of themselves because what they are doing to this Icon is worse than Robin Island. Damn then

  • Lesibana Maropola - 2013-07-17 19:24

    Hei wena Zindzi, get out of here.

  • Victor van der Merwe - 2013-07-17 19:29

    Madam, do us all a favour and go to Australia. They need your unique skills and unique attitude there. We certainly don't.

  • Mmarabanye Rabanye - 2013-07-17 19:37

    i hope she does'nt lie

  • palesa.nyembe - 2013-07-17 19:37

    I think it's a lie, they trying to get more money.

  • Brad Porter - 2013-07-17 19:38

    .....or will he come out on his birthday waving an ANC flag aloft - maybe the ANC have played us all !!!!

  • Winston Pemberton - 2013-07-17 19:46

    Did anyone proof read this article before publishing? "The group whittled down 700 posters submitted by designers from more than 70 countries, to 95 for each day of Mandela's life." .....95 for each day of Mandela's life?????????

      Leetah Fourie - 2013-07-18 09:16

      A shame I did not see your post. Irritate the hell out of me when they do not check basic things.

  • Tshepiso Pilane - 2013-07-17 19:54

    How the hell they made o TaTa have an interview with Britain tv, whilst SA's are having night Virgil everyday at the hospital for TaTa to get well... Instead of making us see Madiba. You chasing the money!!! I really don't like this Zindzi woman..

      Elliot Menziwa - 2013-07-17 21:32

      Tsepiso, when did that interview take place? Dumela, by the way. Hobaneng ha ke botsa, there are too many rumours out there, which in close scrutiny ...have no basis in truth.

  • Dikeledi Malatji - 2013-07-17 19:59

    U wish Zindzi!

  • Unathi Nattynyc Nicholas - 2013-07-17 19:59

    I should hope that we wil not suddenly be told Tata is gone afta his birthday bcos that wud not Honor uTata. From being Vegetative to Dramatic recovery b4 his birthday, Really!

      Patrick MoreFire Vianello - 2013-07-17 20:03

      It will be tata ma chance - tata's out of the office

  • Hendrik de Villiers - 2013-07-17 20:07

    Bliksem! Never say die, or is it die hard?

  • Freddy Masia - 2013-07-17 20:07

    Dont lie to us we knw the truth already,jst waiting 4 his Birthday and a big announcement.

      Elliot Menziwa - 2013-07-17 22:16

      Freddy too many people are saying this in the township. maar majita le inka kae? nna i'm alwa busy motsheare

  • Patrick MoreFire Vianello - 2013-07-17 20:12

    The switch is getting too heavy these days. The force of gravity may push it down tomorrow

  • Matlou Mphengoa - 2013-07-17 20:12

    Those are the good news that we all like to hear especially because his birthday is tomorrow.we like to celebrate with smile.

  • Patrick MoreFire Vianello - 2013-07-17 20:21

    What are you going to do with 67 minutes tomorrow? I'm gonna take a dos on the couch for 67 minutes.

  • Bongani Mkhonza - 2013-07-17 20:27

    I don't believe this at all and anyway I kind of expected such stunts, from critically ill to sitting and watching TV, why are they doing this to Madiba?

  • Johannes Masakona - 2013-07-17 20:31

    Wth my 67min i wil be cleaning the yard of old people

  • Patrick MoreFire Vianello - 2013-07-17 20:35

    What about spending 777 minutes on Terreblanche day........

      Papapipo Mzapi - 2013-07-17 20:39

      who is terreblanche

      Patrick MoreFire Vianello - 2013-07-17 20:48

      does the leader of the AWB ring a bell. lol

      Papapipo Mzapi - 2013-07-17 21:06

      awb sounds llke the name of a cheap wine

      Jammies Jamneck - 2013-07-17 21:14

      Yah how about..... Papapino blanc 2 blanc

      Papapipo Mzapi - 2013-07-17 21:49

      jammies you have an expensive taste

      Elliot Menziwa - 2013-07-17 22:55

      The name terreblache is a french word meaning white no, you r free to do it without my offence but that white supremacist would have chopped my head off if he was given a chance....unlike mandela's satyagraha

  • Richard Paul - 2013-07-17 20:38

    Great news without you Mandela we are nuthing. We allwas need you Tata.

      Olga Phala - 2013-07-18 09:13

      Eh,don't you mean without God you are nothing? O.o you really need to get your priorities straight

      Olga Phala - 2013-07-18 09:14

      Eh,don't you mean without God you are nothing? O.o you really need to get your priorities straight

  • Rumba Naicker - 2013-07-17 20:44

    get real", stop living an alusion....something in a dream world where you won't face the truth. Wake up and accept facts as they are.

  • Annemarie Robbertse - 2013-07-17 20:56

    So who is lying? Zuma or the daughter? The last 'update' from government was Madiba was critical but stable, on LIFE SUPPORT. Now his daughter says he is watching television? Who do you believe in this country?