Message to Mark the 87th Birthday of Nelson Mandela

President Thabo Mbeki has joined the rest of the nation in wishing Nelson Mandela a very happy 87th birthday.

President Mbeki said that Mr Mandela's birthday is not just a time to celebrate - it is a day upon which the whole nation can rejoice in the triumph of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.

The President expressed the wish that Madiba would be blessed with good health for many years to come, and thanked him for his ongoing, tireless efforts in helping to build a better life for all in our country. South Africans from all walks of life remain indebted to Madiba's fortitude, President Mbeki said.

Issued by: The Presidency
18 July 2005


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