Johannesburg: Nelson Mandela, who is in hospital due to a lung ailment for over five weeks, is expected to be discharged soon to recuperate at home, a former president of South Africa said.  
A South Africa's radio broadcaster reported that ex-president Thabo Mbeki while speaking at a memorial service on Saturday predicted that Mandela would be going home soon.
Mandela has been hospitalized for more than five weeks for a recurring lung infection, sparking an outpouring of support in South Africa and internationally. Friends who have visited him say he is on life support in the form of mechanical ventilation. The most recent official update on his health said Mandela was in critical but stable condition.

Mountaineers to climb Mt Kilimanjaro for Mandela's birthday

A three-member team of mountaineers has begun its ascent to Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, aiming to reach the summit on the birthday of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela on July 18.

The 'Trek for Mandela' team is led by Sibusiso Vilane, who achieved fame by becoming the first black African to scale the highest peaks on all continents. The trio, who began the ascent on Saturday, are seeking to scale the mountain in Tanzania to raise funds to provide for sanitary needs to 500 schoolgirls for a year.
In a statement, Vilane said the team considered it a great honour to undertake the project in the name of a man who cared so deeply for humanity. Meanwhile, prayers for the beloved leader continued to pour in from across the country. The latest report from the Presidency has described Mandela's condition as critical but stable.
South African President Jacob Zuma has called on all citizens to spend Mandela's birthday by doing 67 minutes of community service to commemorate the number of years he spent fighting for the democracy in his homeland.


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