Our Journey


The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH) is the tangible result of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust (NMCHT) mandate: raise R1 billion to build a specialist paediatric hospital providing tertiary care to the Southern African region. Thanks to generous donors around the world, ranging from corporations to ordinary citizens and children, as well as various key strategic partners, we were able to begin construction on 22 April 2014.

In December 2016 construction was completed and we welcomed strategic partners, key stakeholders and the media to celebrate this milestone.

NMCH is preparing to receive patients in June 2017. The newly appointed hospital leadership team, led by interim CEO Joe Seoloane, is in the process of recruiting staff and establishing operational and clinical protocols. The first group of operational, clinical and support staff will be inducted in May 2017 in accordance with budget allocation from Government. In May 2017, hospital staff will go through on-boarding, medical equipment will be calibrated and simulations of the patient journey from referral to discharge will be conducted. This time has been allocated to ensure that the first patient intake is efficient and hassle-free.

Patient services will be phased in, department by department, in order to ensure that care is not compromised and that patient lives are not put at risk. Outpatient and diagnostic services such as X-rays will be the first offered, Certain Nephrology (kidneys), Cardiology (heart) and general surgery services will follow, supported by services such as Anaesthesiology and ICU wards. Further services will commence at a later stage.