18 July 2011
Last updated at 18:50
South Africa has been celebrating the 93rd birthday of former President Nelson Mandela, pictured here with former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and other family members.
Among his visitors was South African President Jacob Zuma who presented Mr Mandela with a gift. "I came to spend time with the Mandela family, to rejoice with them, but also to eat cake. There was a huge cake," Mr Zuma joked.
Millions of schoolchildren across South Africa sang Mr Mandela a special birthday song before their lessons.
Mr Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, visited a community centre near their family home in the village of Qunu to join in the singing.
Police, with cattle walking past, stood guard outside Mr Mandela's home as family members and officials visited the former president.
Onke Gawazela sang songs of praise in tribute to Mr Mandela outside his house as onlookers awaited the arrival of President Zuma.
Those gathered in Qunu for the celebrations were also entertained by a brass band. Mr Mandela was said to be in good spirits. Earlier this year he was hospitalised with a respiratory infection.
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