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More good news on Madiba's health

Zenanai Mandela told reporters outside the hospital her father is doing very well.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela pays tribute to his life-long friend and ANC colleague Walter Sisulu, at the apartheid struggle hero's funeral in Soweto 17 May 2003. AFP PHOTO/ALEXANDER JOE

PRETORIA - Former President Nelson Mandela's daughter has given South Africans more encouraging news on her father's condition.

On Sunday, President Jacob Zuma announced that the 94-year-old's condition was steadily improving, however he remains in a serious condition.

Madiba was admitted to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital more than a week ago with a recurring lung infection.

Zenani Mandela told reporters outside the hospital on Monday that her father was doing very well.

She removed several letters and a bouquet of flowers adorning the fence near an entrance to the facility before heading inside to visit Madiba.

In a statement released on Monday, Madiba's wife Graca Machel the family was grateful for the outpouring generosity.

"[The love and generosity has] come our way to lighten the burden of anxiety,bringing us love, comfort and hope."

She added that the messages came in the form of all types of communication technology (letters, sms, email, twitter and the human voice).

Machel said voices of children in schools or singing outside their home made her feel the closeness of the world.

"Our gratitude is difficult to express but the love and peace we feel give yet more life to the simple 'Thank you!'"

At the same time Mandela's grandson said his family understands that Madiba doesn't only belong to them, but belongs to South Africa and the world.

Mandla Mandela has shared stories from his grandfather's past from his rural upbringing in the Eastern Cape to the lessons he shared with his family.

Mvezo Great Place is a cluster of rondavels high on a hilltop overlooking the Mbhashe River and green vegetation.

It's where Mandela was born and his grandson is the chief there. Mandla said the area is rich in history.

"This is where the generation of Mandelas have emerged from."

Sharing memories about his grandfather, Mandla said he instilled in him the importance of education and community service.

"After matriculating he asked me which career I'd follow, I said [I wanted to be] a disc jockey (DJ). He said nonsense, there's no Mandela that will ever become such."

Mandla said his family treasured every moment they have with the former statesman.