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'Wall of honour' for Madiba

Celebrations for Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday have kicked off in Cape Town.

Cosatu put up a "Wall of Honour" for Madiba at St George's Cathedral for Mandela Day. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Wednesday put up a wall of honour at St George's Cathedral for former president Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday.

Members of the public have been urged to leave birthday messages at the church.

A giant collage of famous pictures of Mandela has been put up next to the front entrance of the historical cathedral.

The cathedral's Father Michael Weeder says the wall of honour is a special pledge to Madiba and his embodiment of reconciliation.

On Thursday, Capetonians can leave both their messages and get well wishes at the church as well as food hampers for the poor and needy.

Cosatu says it will also be bussing in unemployed labourers from the townships to the central business district, where they will help them find work.

Meanwhile, it looks like Madiba will spend his day in hospital as he remains in a critical but stable condition.

The global icon was admitted to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria with a recurring lung infection on 8 June.

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