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Children’s hospital dream becomes a reality

Children’s hospital dream becomes a reality

Built on Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

Johannesburg 10 March 2014 – The Nelson Mandela Children Hospital Trust today announced that the official sod-turning of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will take place on Thursday, 20 March 2014.

“After years of fundraising under difficult economic conditions we are proud to announce that we have raised R570m, enabling us to break ground and start building the hospital,” says Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO, Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust.

This hospital will be a world class highly advanced specialised children’s hospital that will shape the lives of the children of Africa and shape the future of a greater Africa. “Having followed our beloved Madiba’s mandate towards improving the care of our children, we are proud of reaching this milestone and look forward to building this hospital, says Mkhabela.

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will open in March 2016.

In addition to giving patients access to world-class health care, key to the hospital will be training and research facilities, which will ensure a much wider reach into the region.

The hospital is going to be built adjacent to the Wits University Medical School in Parktown, Johannesburg – on land donated by Wits University. It will be easily accessible by public and private transport as well as by air.

Once complete, this will be a facility space that not only promises to never turn a child away, but gives them the nurturing care and surroundings to help them get better quicker.

Fundraising by the Hospital Trust will continue until the target of R1 billion is reached. Says Mkhabela: “This is an exciting time for the project, and we encourage global citizens to continue to be part of the living memorial to Mr Mandela’s legacy.

Together, we can build this hospital and secure Africa’s hopes of a better future.

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Issued by Lebo Mashigo, Meropa Communications C: 074 474 9972

E: lebom@meropa.co.za

On behalf of: Vuyo Lutseke, Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital T: 011 274 5656

E: Vuyo@nmch.co.za