Nelson Mandela Foundation

President Jacob Zuma has this morning, 18 November 2013, visited former President Nelson Mandela at home in Houghton, where he continues to recover.

The health of the former President remains much the same as it was when President Zuma last visited him, which is stable but critical while Madiba continues to respond to treatment.

President Zuma conveyed the well wishes of all South Africans and those of the peoples of the world to the Mandela family and assured them that nations are united in their thoughts and prayers for him. In addition, President Zuma expressed the good wishes of the leaders of the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting (CHOGM) from which he returned last night.

The President used the opportunity to personally present Madiba with the Lifetime Award for Global Peace from the Mahathir Global Peace Foundation, which he received on Madiba's behalf in Malaysia.

President Zuma also informed Madiba that he was looking forward to officially opening the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory Public Facility and the Permanent Exhibition on the Life and Times of Nelson Mandela in Houghton later tonight.

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Issued by: The Presidency