South Africa: Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital launched in Johannesburg

The dream of former South African President, Nelson Mandela, became a reality on Friday with the opening of a magnificent children’s hospital in Johannesburg.

Former deputy chief justice, Dikgang Moseneke, who gave the keynote address at the event, said the state-of-the-art facility reflected the Nobel Laureate’s love for children and vision for their healthcare.

Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, who attended the launch, said the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will be a beacon of hope for South Africa’s youths. “Children deserve the very best every society can provide. And Madiba said any society will be judged according to the way it treats its children,” she added.

It is only the second dedicated children’s healthcare facility in South Africa. The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town was opened in 1956 as a memorial to soldiers lost in the Second World War.