nelson mandela*Wow! What a turn around.

It was just a few weeks ago we thought it was all over.

Nelson Mandela’s youngest daughter told state broadcaster SABC that his health is improving daily. He can now sit up for minutes at a time.

The former South African Present has been in a Pretoria hospital for two months for treatment of a recurring lung infection. Last month the government said that although he remained in critical condition, he was showing signs of improvement.

Zindzi Mandela told SABC on Friday her father, who she refers to as “Tata,” was becoming increasingly alert.

“He’s fine. Tata now manages to sit up, like now he sits up in a chair for a few minutes in a day, every day you know he becomes more alert and responsive. Tata is determined not to go anywhere anytime soon, I cannot stress this enough,” she said, referring to him by the Xhosa word for father.

“He just doesn’t have the strength of a man, he has the strength that is beyond anything that can be explained. Because even now with the challenges to his health, he somehow manages to bounce back when everyone assumes this is the end.”