Ambassador Barbier visits Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital site [fr]
On 5 November 2015, Ambassador of France to South Africa, HE Elisabeth Barbier, visited the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital construction site.
She was accompanied by Sigonbile Mkhabela, CEO of Nelson Mandela Children’s fund, Mpaki P.Pule, Donor Relations Manager of Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and by Lucie Broechler, Cooperation and Development Attaché of the French Embassy. Jabu Malindi, the construction site supervisor was in charge of the visit.
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund has always had strong relationships with France: with the French School in Johannesburg, with the Training Centre for Apprentices (CFA) in Blagnac and with the French Federation of Rugby Committee of Narbone.
The construction of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital was initiated by the Nelson Mandela Foundation which created, for this project, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust. The French Embassy contributed to the feasibility studies of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital through a donation of more than 200 000 euros in 2007. The same year, some South-African hospital managers had the opportunity to go to France to visit the Hôpital Necker in Paris, which was the first children’s hospital in the world, the Hôpital Robert-Debré and the Montpellier’s hospital.
This hospital, which opening is due in December 2016, will be the second pediatric hospital in Southern Africa and will have a capacity of 200 beds, with the possibility of expansion up to 300 beds. This hospital will welcome children from all Southern Africa and will also have an academic goal.
The Ambassador was delighted to see the fantastic work that has been accomplished since the beginning of the works, 18 months ago.