Global icon Nelson Mandela who is battling for lung infection is expected to be discharged from the hospital soon.
That is according to former president Thabo Mbeki who says he's confident that Nelson Mandela's health will improve and he will eventually be discharged from the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria.
Mbeki was speaking at a memorial lecture for former ANC leader, Zacharias Mahabane.
“I know the doctors who are working with him are very good people, very good doctors and they are doing a very excellent job. I am quite certain that Madiba will be discharged.”
Madiba who will be turning 95 on Thursday has been in hospital for almost five weeks. He's being treated for a recurring lung infection.
According to the Presidency's latest update Madiba continues to respond to treatment and his condition remains critical but stable.
Meanwhile, many South Africans are gearing up to get their hands dirty and give back to their communities on Thursday as part of the Mandela Day initiative, which marks Madiba's birthday.
Citizens from across the country will donate goods and volunteer their services for 67-minutes, all for a good cause. The campaign recognises the 67 years Mandela spent working for South Africa. Some South Africans have told the SABC that they're excited about the opportunity to plough back to their communities.
“We are sponsoring food and drinks and all sorts of things. I mean Mandela is a very important person and in my opinion it should be a worldwide thing not just a South African thing everybody can give a little bit of their time.”
Another citizen who will participate in Mandela Day says, "Mandela worked every single day of his life. I think social responsibility has to happen every day."