FILE image. South African anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela blows out candles on his 72nd birthday cake, the first he has celebrated as a free man since 1960, on July 18, 1990 in his Soweto home.
The world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday on Thursday, and President Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans to uphold the elderly statesman’s ideals.
The peace icon is currently spending his 6th week in hospital in Pretoria, yet millions are expected to volunteer 67 minutes of their time to help others less fortunate, during the day.
The number of minutes represents the number of years which Mandela dedicated to public service.
His birthday was declared an International Day of Giving in 2009.
View the gallery above for a video of students paying tribute to him outside the hospital, as well as a collection of memories reflecting his birthday celebrations since his 72nd birthday - the first he celebrated as a free man since 1960 - on July 18, 1990 in his Soweto home.
Listen to this birthday song for Madiba, sung and composed by the Kevin Floyd Band in Cape Town. The chorus is sung by 10 orphans from the Ikhaya Le Themba Orphanage in Khayelitsha..
And on Twitter, some of today&39;s trending topics include Madiba, MandelaDay, 67mins, 67minutes, humanity, NelsonMandela, MadibaRocks.
Here is a collection of some of the Tweets coming through this morning.
Little ones wishing Madiba a happy birthday. So adorable they are MandelaDay @eNCAnews pic.twitter.com/Fqe1x4eWzF— Cathy Mohlahlana (@CathyMohlahlana) July 18, 2013
Happy birthday Madiba. We hope you feel the love. Madibaday— dion chang (@dionchang) July 18, 2013
Happy Birthday Madiba.get out of the HospitalBed and make your way home.— Bantu Holomisa (@BantuHolomisa) July 18, 2013
Happy Birthday Madiba from @eNCAnews... pic.twitter.com/ekNmdymr7F— Gareth Edwards (@GarethEdwardsSA) July 18, 2013
Happy birthday Madiba. Thank you for guiding us. And for showing us that good can prevail over evil. We love you.— Alex Eliseev (@alexeliseev) July 18, 2013
Happy birthday, Madiba. And happy anniversary to you and Graa, the one person who has conducted herself with dignity through your illness.— Barry McCallum (@BarryMcCallum) July 18, 2013
Happy birthday Madiba. As a nation we salute you and keep you in our prayers! MandelaDay 67minutes Inspiration pic.twitter.com/DoKNRcg6gv— Bryan Habana (@BryanHabana) July 18, 2013
MadibaDay ~ Happy birthday Madiba. I’m going to dance a little today. Just because. MadibaRocks— Darren Smith (@DazMSmith) July 18, 2013
Happy birthday Madiba. Fills my heart with happiness that I have lived in your time, in your country. MadibaRocks— justinspratt (@justinspratt) July 18, 2013