Orlando Pirates Football Club pledges support for Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital

Orlando Pirates, one of South Africa’s most successful Football Clubs both locally and in the African continent is joining forces with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust to increase awareness of the newest dedicated paediatric hospital – opening in December of this year.


Conceived by the late Nelson Mandela, championed by CEO Sibongile Mkhabela, and built entirely from the donations from corporates, philanthropists and ordinary people, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will be a child-centred high-care facility working on a referral only basis.

The hospital is help to alleviate the dire paediatric need, especially in areas of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic surgery, Haematology, Oncology, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Craniofacial Surgery, Neurosciences and General Paediatric Surgery – collectively called its Centres of Excellence. Located firmly in the Gauteng healthcare ecosystem, the hospital will treat sick children from the Southern African region regardless of their socio-economic status, and ultimately aims to build a strong referral network with all of South Africa’s major public hospitals.


The partnership with Orlando Pirates is borne out of a clear understanding of the need to raise awareness of this hospital project, reaching South Africans from diverse backgrounds. “South Africa is a country of sports lovers, and through the support of the Orlando Pirates we will be able to reach a much bigger audience that we would otherwise miss. As an organisation we are open to support from all organisations, from all industries because we believe in the power of the collective to truly make a difference,” said Mr Joe Seoloane Project Lead Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital


“We as Orlando Pirates, feel it incumbent upon ourselves to give back to the community through the CSI projects we align our brand with. For this reason we were honoured to answer the call to partner up with the NMCH as we believe safeguarding the future of South African children through healthcare is a most worthy course and aligning ourselves with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital gives us an opportunity to do just that”, said Thandi Merafe, Orlando Pirates Football.

Orlando Pirates will be supporting the hospital with in-stadium advertising at home league matches, social media campaigns, publicity activities up to the opening of the hospital.

To donate towards the building of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, SMS “GIFT” to 40301 (SMS cost R20. Terms, condition and administrative costs apply.)