Premier David Makhura and Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu undertook a site inspection of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital on Thursday, 25 June, accompanied by the Hospital Trust’s Deputy Chairperson, Nana Magomola, just over a year after construction began.
Construction of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg, began on April 22 last year. The state-of-the-art hospital will have a specialised paediatric facility that will provide the children of Southern Africa with quality medical services irrespective of their economic status.
Being the second paediatric facility in the country and the fourth on the continent, this project was received with great support by the South African government and the Gauteng province.
“It’s fitting that we’re checking on the progress a few weeks before the nation celebrates the birthday of the founding father of a democratic South Africa. As the government of Gauteng, we need to support the realising of Madiba’s dream,” said Premier Makhura at the site.
Government’s support of the hospital will be through the funding of operational expenses when the institution opens its doors in March next year. The government has also been instrumental in the provision of training for nurses and doctors as well as infrastructure support.
“Since we began work on the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, the government has been a crucial partner in ensuring this facility becomes a reality. We are honoured to host Premier Makhura as well as MEC Mahlangu to witness the progress of the hospital thus far as we approach the opening in 2016,” said Magomola.