Women’s month

Celebrating women in history and those making history


Mma Sibongile Mkhabela, has been Chief Executive Officer of Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital since 2001. Mrs. Mkhabela has been instrumental in growing the Fund’s endowment. Her philosophy on children has extended the focus of the Fund beyond the borders of South Africa into the SADC region.

She was a leader in the Soweto Students Representative Council at the time of the 1976 Soweto uprising. She subsequently was a defendant in the trial of the “Soweto 11” and was jailed for two years. Being Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital Trust since November 1, 2010 and is tasked with raising the capital funds for the design and construction of the hospital.

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In 2005, she presented a concept paper to the Management Trustees of Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund for the investigation into the establishment of a children’s hospital. She serves as the Chairperson of Black Sash. She served as Director of Programmes and Projects in the Office of the Deputy President. She also worked on the United Nations Development Programme. She served as a Director of number of companies. She has a degree in Social Work and has completed various management courses through Wits Business School. She is a Joel L Fleishman Civil Society Fellow at Duke University, North Carolina, USA.

Mma Bongi started her career as a para-legal worker under the South African Council of Churches. Before joining the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, she was Director for Special Programmes and Projects in the Office of the then President Thabo Mbeki.


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