(File photo) Former president Nelson Mandela.

Johannesburg – Former President Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital for a scheduled medical check-up on Saturday afternoon, the presidency said.

“Doctors are conducting tests and have thus far indicated that there is no reason for any alarm,” said spokesman Mac Maharaj.

He said the check-up was to manage existing conditions that came at his age.

“We appeal for privacy for Madiba and his family.” – Sapa