South Africa says former president Nelson Mandela is making "steady improvement" a week after being hospitalized with pneumonia.
A statement from President Jacob Zuma's office Wednesday said Mandela's doctors are reporting he is responding to treatment and "doing much better" than when he arrived last week.
The 94-year-old Nobel Peace laureate was admitted late last Wednesday, his third hospitalization in four months.
Mandela has been vulnerable to respiratory problems since contracting tuberculosis during his 27-year imprisonment for fighting apartheid, South Africa's white racist rule.
He became South Africa's first black president in 1994.