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.
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.