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Pirates pledges support for Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 14:13

Orlando Pirates, one of South Africa’s most successful Football Clubs both locally and in the African continent is joining forces with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust to increase awareness of the newest dedicated paediatric hospital – opening in December of this year.

The entire Buccaneer squad including the Technical Team, Players and Management were on hand to pledge the Team’s support on the hospital. Conceived by the late Nelson Mandela, championed by CEO Sibongile Mkhabela, and built entirely from the donations from corporates, philanthropists and ordinary people, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will be a child-centred high-care facility working on a referral only basis.

The hospital is help to alleviate the dire paediatric need, especially in areas of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic surgery, Haematology, Oncology, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Craniofacial Surgery, Neurosciences and General Paediatric Surgery – collectively called its Centres of Excellence. Located firmly in the Gauteng healthcare ecosystem, the hospital will treat sick children from the Southern African region regardless of their socio-economic status, and ultimately aims to build a strong referral network with all of South Africa’s major public hospitals.

The partnership with Orlando Pirates is borne out of a clear understanding of the need to raise awareness of this hospital project, reaching South Africans from diverse backgrounds. “South Africa is a country of sports lovers, and through the support of Orlando Pirates we will be able to reach a much bigger audience that we would otherwise miss. As an organisation we are open to support from all organisations, from all industries because we believe in the power of the collective to truly make a difference,” said Mr Joe Seoloane Project Lead Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital

“We as Orlando Pirates, feel it incumbent upon ourselves to give back to the community through the CSI projects we align our brand with. For this reason we were honoured to answer the call to partner up with the NMCH as we believe safeguarding the future of South African children through healthcare is a most worthy course. Therefore aligning ourselves with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is a great opportunity to help our children and most importantly an opportunity to honour Madiba’s legacy”, said Thandi Merafe, Orlando Pirates Football Media Officer.

Orlando Pirates will be supporting the hospital with in-stadium advertising at home league matches, social media campaigns, publicity activities up to the opening of the hospital.

Project Overview


The hospital is the first of its kind to be built solely on the generosity of the world’s citizens, making this hospital is a unique partnership between public sector, the private sector and civil society.

To date R800 million has been raised towards the R1 billion that will be needed for building, equipment, interior design and training as well as other capital costs.

Major donors include Islamic Relief Worldwide, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DG Murray Trust, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and Macsteel.

Through the For Kids by Kids Campaign the children around the country have raised more than R100 000 towards the hospital.


Construction began on 22 April 2014, with the bulk earthworks stage.

Group Five was appointed in June 2014 to build the hospital, and is on track with the construction.

Hospital is targeted to open in December 2016.


National Skills Fund has donated R76 million towards the training of nurses and doctors for the hospital.

Nearly 70 bursaries have been awarded to date – and more will be awarded.

Fellowship training for medical doctors has also commenced.

Interior design and Artwork

Interior design team appointed in January 2015

Workshops with children, parents and medical professionals completed.

Design fittings are now under-way

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 for more details and to donate.

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