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Mandela remains “well” in hospital

Nelson Mandela has spent his third night in a Pretoria hospital undergoing routine tests.

FILE PICTURE: Nelson Mandela at his homestead in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, two days before his 94th birthday. Picture: Lyoness.TV

THABA TSHWANE - Former president Nelson Mandela has spent his third night in a Pretoria hospital after being admitted for what the presidency says are "routine tests" consistent with a man of his age.

Mandela was on Saturday flown from his homestead in rural Qunu in the Eastern Cape, to the 1 Military Hospital in the capital city.

The government has maintained there is no cause for alarm, and asked that Madiba's privacy be respected.

Amid messages of support from South Africans, the 94-year-old underwent another day of tests on Monday, but is said to be in high spirits.

President Jacob Zuma and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula have both visited the statesman and said he was "doing well".

It is unclear when Madiba will be discharged from the facility, and there is still no clarity on what tests he is undergoing.

Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj on Monday said Madiba was in good hands, and called for calm.

But he also thanked South Africans for all of their messages wishing Madiba well and supporting his family.

Meanwhile, The hospital was quiet on Tuesday morning.

A MAN OF THE WORLD

The news of Mandela's hospitalisation has sparked much concern for the elderly man across the globe.

From India to America, news networks and websites picked up the story within minutes of the presidency releasing its statement.

It's not the first time Madiba's health has caused panic.

He was treated at Milpark Hospital for a serious chest infection in January 2011, and a year later spent a night at the same hospital also for routine tests.

Mandela played a key role in securing freedom for all who live in South Africa, spending over two decades in prison under the apartheid regime.

He served as South Africa's first black president between 1994 and 1999 and won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

The father of the nation retired from the public life in 2004, but his goodwill continues to impact citizens across the globe.

PROMINENT MADIBA LANDMARKS

At the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton, Johannesburg, many visitors are expected, as locals and tourists have been flocking to museums and heritage spots to wish Madiba well

The memory centre near Madiba's Houghton home focuses on the work and life of Mandela.

Meanwhile, dozens of people have also been visiting his former home in Vilakazi Street in Soweto, many of them praying for a speedy recovery.