François Hollande, French president, introduces his delegation to South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma during a summit between the two leaders in Pretoria. France has agreed to lend €100m to South African state power utility Eskom to help it finance solar power projects in Africa’s largest economy, according to a communiqué. The deal will be signed as a part of the summit. Read more
Ninety-five children release 95 balloons outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital, Pretoria, after praying for Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, to mark his upcoming 95th birthday. Mr Mandela is being treated for a recurring lung infection. Family members and President Jacob Zuma visited Mr Mandela in the hospital on Thursday. Read more
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Children walk past former South Africa President Nelson Mandela souvenir flags being sold across the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum in Soweto Township on Monday in Johannesburg, South Africa. South African President Jacob Zuma confirmed that Mr Mandela’s condition has become critical since he was admitted to hospital over two weeks ago for a recurring lung infection. Read more
Well-wisher Daniel Sello cries out his thanks to Nelson Mandela in front of the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria where the former South African president is being treated. Mr Mandela is spending a sixth day in hospital and while there was no immediate update on his health on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday said Mr Mandela was responding better to treatment for a recurring lung infection.