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Supporting Mandela’s dream

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) today donated R10 million towards the building of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

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The hard work of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust (NMCHT) and compassion of the all the donors, both locally and abroad, have thus far raised R790 million including the donation from IDC.

Construction of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg, began on April 22 2014. 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.

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The hospital is the biggest of its kind, to be built solely on the generosity of the world’s citizens: ordinary South Africans, global philanthropists, corporate institutions and even children themselves, as part of the For Kids by Kids initiative, have given donations. Making this hospital is a unique partnership between public sector, the private sector and civil society. The donation is part of the IDC’s contribution towards realising Mandela’s legacy to build a hospital dedicated to children.

IDC divisional executive for corporate affairs Zama Luthuli says the corporation is excited to be associated with the project, particularly given the plight of children.

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“Supporting the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is particularly important both because of its reach and emphasise on specialised services for children that would strengthen existing services and provide new opportunities,” says Luthuli.

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“Since its inception, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust has gotten support from donors, partners and various stakeholders who took it upon themselves to make sure that this, a living statue for Madiba, is built. And as we look towards its completion, we thank the IDC for partnering with us in getting us closer to finishing this building.” says NMCHT chief executive officer, Sibongile Mkhabela.

 

About the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust

 The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust is fundraising to reach a target of R1 billion to build and equip the hospital, as well as train medical professionals to work in it.

The Nelson Mandela Children’s 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. It will work on a referral basis across all its centres of excellence.

The hospital will be located adjacent to Wits University’s Medical School in Parktown, Johannesburg. This is in close proximity to other medical facilities, and allows for paediatric academic teaching access from the Wits Medical School, maximising operational efficiencies and staffing models. The hospital will employ approximately 150 doctors and 451 paediatric nursing professionals, as well as allied services.

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.) Alternatively, visit www.nelsonmandelachildrenshospital.org for more details and to donate.