Alex Mitchley
2 minute read
20 Feb 2016
6:00 am

Mandela children’s hospital gets R10m boost from IDC fund

Alex Mitchley

“The donation is part of the IDC’s contribution towards realising Mandela’s legacy to build a children's hospital"

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is expected to be complete in February next year. Pic: Sandton Chronicle

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCHT) in Parktown, Johannesburg has starting taking shape as it inches closer and closer to its R1 billion rand target.

Recently the hospital received a R10 million donation. On Tuesday the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) today donated the R10 million towards the building of the hospital.

With this latest donation and the “compassion of all the donors, both locally and abroad”, R790 million has been raised, a hospital spokesperson said.

“The donation is part of the IDC’s contribution towards realising Mandela’s legacy to build a hospital dedicated to children,” said the hospital.

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

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

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.

The hospital still needs R210 million and all efforts are focused on raising the balance required in time for the hospital’s opening at the end of 2016.

The R1 billion target will cover building, equipment, training, interior design, as well as other capital costs.

The National Skills Fund has donated towards the training of nurses and doctors, and nearly 70 bursaries have been awarded to date, with more in the offing.

The hospital will employ approximately 150 doctors and 451 paediatric nursing professionals, as well as allied services.

“Since its inception, the hospital Trust has got 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 NMCHT CEO Sibongile Mkhabela.