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Madiba 'a lot like Jesus'
"iNantsoke [there you are]," exclaimed Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on Wednesday as he cut his huge white birthday cake at the children's party.

"Nantsoke [there you are]," exclaimed Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on Wednesday as he cut his huge white birthday cake at the children's party he hosts every year as part of his birthday celebrations.

After arriving in his "MR BEE GP"-registered Madiba-mobile (a golf cart), Mandela sat alone in a red chair and studied the guests.

His face lit up and he spoke animatedly when about 100 small children began surrounding him and filing past shyly for an individual handshake at the Saxonwold headquarters of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.

The fund raises money for projects that assist with children's needs.

The Drakensberg Boys' Choir entertained him with songs and the children -- some from the Central Methodist Church pre-school, and others the children and guests of fund employees -- plied him with bright, handmade birthday cards.

"My mother says you are a lot like Jesus," five-year-old Wandile Mabena said.

As Mandela smiled obligingly for the photographers and camera-phone wielding guests, a small girl twirled herself around him, insisting that he inspect the birthday card she had made for him.

"Ah, very good," he indulged, turning the card over in his hands.

Guests included advocate Marumo Moerane, politician Patricia de Lille and Pick 'n Pay head Sean Summers.

"Thank you all for coming here and making this day an unforgettable day for me. Thanks a million," he said.

As he left, he was treated to a performance by Sy'zo, a disabled duo who dance on their hands while they sing.

Just before getting into his car, he stopped the cavalcade to answer a question on his birthday wish.

"It is to be able to bring facilities to everybody, whatever their status in life, so that we can enjoy living," he said, before being whisked away.

Behind him, children stormed the red jumping castle and the waiting merry-go-round for the rest of the party.

Mandela's birthday "proper" was spent with family at his Eastern Cape home on Monday. -- Sapa