Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday will be celebrated across the world
Johannesburg: Global celebrations and charity events will mark Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday Thursday, but the critically ill anti-apartheid hero himself may still be confined to his Pretoria hospital bed on life-support.
Volunteers will spend 67 minutes on hundreds of community upliftment projects -- a minute for every year of his activism. But his hospitalisation for a recurring lung infection and bitter infighting among his relatives have tempered the festive spirit.
The United Nations in 2010 declared the Nobel peace laureate's birthday Mandela Day -- to encourage people around the world to do just over an hour of good deeds. Global celebrities have supported the campaign in memory of Mandela's 67 years of political activism.
"I will also be giving my 67 minutes to make the world a better place, one small step at a time," British business magnate Richard Branson pledged in a recorded message.