PRETORIA - Following news of the positive turn in Nelson Mandela's health on Wednesday, the former president is expected to receive more visitors on Thursday.
Madiba is being treated for a sixth day in hospital for a recurring lung infection.
Among the visitors he’s received every day since his hospitalisation, are his wife Graca Machel, his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and his daughters.
Madiba’s eldest grandson Mandla arrived in Johannesburg from the Eastern Cape on Wednesday and said his family was touched by the outpouring of support from the public.
He thanked the government, the ANC and the doctors treating his grandfather.
President Jacob Zuma says he’ll visit the ailing statesman when he feels it’s appropriate.
SUPPORT FOR MADIBA
Redo Mamboleo, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, has visited the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria every day since Mandela was admitted there on Saturday.
He’s even named his son Mandela.
“I want him to be like Mandela and I tell him every day to be a good man like Mandela.”
Mamboleo says he will continue to visit the facility for as long as Madiba is there.
Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has also wished Madiba well, describing him as "one of the greatest admirers" of fellow Nobel Laureate Nelson Mandela.
He’s told France Info Radio, "The important thing is to preserve Madiba's memory.”
MEMORIES FROM ROBBEN ISLAND
Wednesday marked the 49th anniversary of Madiba’s sentencing to life imprisonment.
Eyewitness News visited Robben Island where Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years of his 27 year imprisonment.
A bus driver on the Island says his most memorable moment was when his family met Mandela in the 1990s.
Claude Smith has been a bus driver on the island for 16 years and has described Madiba as a humble man.
“He introduced himself to everybody. He came and asked about our well-being.”