De Beers Group employees have taken up the challenge to keep former President Nelson Mandela’s legacy alive by donating R1,5 million towards his vision of providing quality healthcare to the children of southern Africa.

The donation is a result of pledges made by the Group’s South African employees and contracting partner Masana, towards the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital for Madiba’s centenary celebrations. The funds will go towards equipping the neurosurgical theatre of the tertiary specialist referral facility, the second paediatric hospital in Southern Africa.

De Beers Consolidated Mines Chairman Barend Petersen, accompanied by CEO Phillip Barton, and Deputy CEO Mpumi Zikalala, today handed over the cheque on behalf of employees to the hospital’s CEO Dr Mandisa Maholwana.

Barend Petersen, said: “When thinking about an initiative to support, in honour of Madiba, we were inspired by the love and devotion he had for the children of South Africa. Guided by our Show We Care value, we embarked on this initiative to keep his vision and legacy alive by making a contribution that will have a lasting legacy towards providing quality healthcare to many sick children in southern Africa.”

Dr Mandisa Maholwana, said: “We are very grateful for the generosity of the employees of the De Beers group. This gesture is a true demonstration of the role that South Africans can continue to play in investing in the future of our children by supporting the vision of this hospital now that it has entered its operational phase.  Madiba is surely smiling at the sight of South Africans continuing to live his legacy.”

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is a 200-bed world-class specialist tertiary referral facility providing best-quality medical services to the children of Southern Africa.

In June, the hospital celebrated one year since admitting its first patients and has since treated over one thousand critically-ill children. Aside from Neurosurgery, NMCH has phased in other centres of excellence since its opening and offers various life-saving interventions including Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care Units (the largest in the country), Cardiology, Renal, Radiological services as well as Cardiothoracic surgery, Orthopaedic surgery and General Paediatric surgery.

Dr Maholwana added, “We have some of the most brilliant medical minds at the hospital and in May we performed our first series of neurosurgeries. This donation will contribute to ensuring that we continue to operate on more desperately ill-children at this centre and also give them a chance to live and thrive.”

Phillip Barton said: “At De Beers, we are honoured to contribute towards a healthier society by providing the means to offer specialised medical interventions to our children. Our donation will offer kids a second chance at a more productive life, and we hope that the children who use this facility will grow up to become like Mandela and work towards building a better future for all.”

The hospital still needs more support to for its other centres of excellence. More details for donations or pledges are available on the ‘How To Help‘ page. 

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