The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust (NMCHT) on Wednesday called on the public for support in raising the outstanding R300 million for its specialist hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg.
“Since its inception, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust [received] support from donors, partners and various stakeholders who took it upon themselves to make sure that this, a living statue for Madiba, is built,” said hospital chief executive Sibongile Mkhabela.
“And as we look towards its completion, we ask everyone to come together and help us finish this building.”
The hospital, scheduled for completion at the end of 2016, still needed donations to reach its R1 billion target. Since inception, construction of the hospital continued solely because of the “generosity of the world’s citizens”, through which R700 million had been raised.
Some of the donors include ordinary South African children themselves, as part of the For Kids by Kids initiative, Islamic Relief, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DG Murray Trust, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and Macsteel. Additionally, the National Skills Fund donated towards the training of nurses and doctors for the hospital.
Once completed, the hospital would house a specialised paediatric facility which would provide medical services to children regardless of economic status.
Members of the public wanting to donate were requested to text “GIFT” to 40301 at a cost of R20 along with terms, conditions, and administrative costs.