The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) today, 16 February 2016, donated ZAR10 million towards the building of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.
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 ZAR790 million including the donation from IDC.
Construction of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg, began on 22 April 2014.
The 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 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.
“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.
“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.
For more information log on to the Nelson Mandela Children Hospital Website