Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital receives R100m pledge

Charity organisation, Islamic Relief, has pledged R100m towards the project.

Construction of the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg began in March 2014. Picture: nelsonmandelachildrenshospital.co.za

JOHANNESBURG - As South Africans and the world mark the one year anniversary since Nelson Mandela's death, his dream of building a children's hospital is now becoming a reality.

Organisations from all faiths have been donating money to get the project off the ground.

The R1 billion Nelson Mandela Childrens Hospital which is under construction in Johannesburg, has received a R100 million pledge from charity organisation, Islamic Relief.

CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, Sibongile Mkhabela says they've raised enough money and construction began in March this year.

"We have reached R580 million mark and that's why there is so much activity on the ground. We are on schedule and on budget right now."

Another R500 million still needs to be raised.