April 1 - South African Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj says former President Nelson Mandela ''is making further progress'' as he is treated in hospital. Sarah Toms reports.
EDITORS NOTE - PART VIDEO ORIGINALLY 4:3 Against a backdrop of prayers and song, South African presidential spokesman says former President Nelson Mandela, is "making further progress", as he is treated in hospital for pneumonia. Mandela, widely known by his clan name Madiba, is due to spend a fifth day in hospital. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENCY SPOKESPERSON MAC MAHARAJ, SAYING: "Former President Nelson Mandela had a restful day and continues to receive treatment. The government is satisfied that the doctors are providing the former president with the best possible medical care to enable Madiba to recover and to do so in comfort. They have also reported further improvement by Madiba in his condition." Churches across the nation held Easter prayers for the recovery of the 94-year-old. At the Regina Mundi church in Soweto, once a focal point of the fight against racial segregation, several hundred people gathered to pay homage to the Nobel Prize winner. Another service at Midvaal in Johannesburg was attended by Mandela's grand-daughter. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NELSON MANDELA'S GRANDDAUGHTER, NDILEKA MANDELA, SAYING: "///OPT I feel fortified and I feel strong, that you know, the Apostle, first of all, that this was a prayer that preceded his being hospitalised. And the fact that they thought it necessary, as a church, to pray and do a thanksgiving Prayer. And never in my wildest dreams did I know that by the time the prayer came, he would be lying in a hospital bed./// And this fortifies me as a person, as his grandchild, to give me strength to carry on and support him in whatever way he needs." Mandela served as South Africa's first black president from 1994 to 1999. He is regarded by many as the father of the nation for leading the struggle against apartheid.