mandelaFormer president Nelson Mandela’s current stay in hospital is the longest since 2001 when he underwent seven weeks of radiotherapy for prostate cancer. His readmission at the fragile age of 94 has reignited interest in his life and times.

The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg has seen visitors streaming in. The Museum’s Wayde Davy says: “There’s been a lot more interest with people coming specifically to look at the Mandela exhibition.”

Davy further says the museum has also had “lots of media phoning and asking for photographs and stuff like that”.

Word is that such a development is not happening only locally, but around the world, people want to know how the elder statesman is doing and are keenly following every detail of his life. Many have wished him well and said they were happy that Madiba was responding well to treatment.

In Sandton, the Mandela brand features prominently. Geoff Waldbaum from Cross Trainer concedes that: “It’s an absolute honour to be associated with the Mandela name and family as it carries with it responsibility.”

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