Mandela ” critical but stable”; People urged to prepare for his birthday

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The condition of former South African leader Nelson Mandela is “still critical but stable,” according to the office of President Jacob Zuma. Mandela, 94, has been in a Pretoria hospital since June 8 with a lung infection.

In the first official update on Mandela’s health since Thursday, the presidency also urged people to prepare for the beloved rights activist’s birthday later this month.

“We remind all South Africans to begin planning for Madiba’s birthday on the 18th of July. We must all be able to do something good for humanity on this day, in tribute to our former president,” President Zuma said.
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Because of health concerns, Mandela, who is also known by the traditional tribal nickname of Madiba, did not meet with President Obama to South Africa this past weekend.