The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (The Fund) is extremely concerned about the heightened violence against children that has been sweeping our country. This goes beyond our children as incidents of violence and abuse against women has also been the order of the daily news reports.
South Africa has a life threatening epidemic of femicides as women are becoming an endangered species on a daily basis. Statistics show that South Africa’s femicide rate is 5times more than the global rate and at least half of these women die at the hands of their intimate partners.
The recent incident was yesterday where it is alleged that a woman was dragged from a taxi by her lover and shot to death. See story below:
Children’s Safety – A priority for All
As the country observes Child Protection Week, it is concerning that; we are currently experiencing high incidences of abuse in schools.
The school is supposed to be a safe place where children are protected and natured.
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (The Fund) is extremely concerned about the incident that was reported in the Sowetan newspaper (29 May 2018) where it is alleged that juvenile inmates were invited by teachers at Tshepagalang Secondary School in Brits, to motivate the pupils against drug abuse.
Instead of the intended motivational talks, it is further alleged that children were locked in the school premises and beaten up by the inmates. This extremely bizarre action presents many question and bring back the issue of treatment of children who are in conflict with the law who are called ‘juveniles’ to whom the state has a duty of care, but in this case were used as scare-crows for so-called ill-behaved pupils.
The Fund will be following this matter up to ensure that duty bearers are held accountable for failure to provide a safe learning environment.
Until the children are safe from abuse, bullying, hunger and system failure, we will continue to stand and fight for their Rights by upholding our founder’s vision of Changing the Way Society Treats It’s Children and Youth.
Link to original reported story: https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-05-29-hell-breaks-loose-as-inmates-attack-pupils/
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in partnership with the Department of Tourism will be hosting Youth Summit in Cape Town, 9-13 July 2018 under the theme: “A Mandela in Every Generation”.
The Youth Summit will create a unique opportunity for children and youth to have their voices heard on matters that affects them. Furthermore provide a platform for children and youth to engage with different institutions such as Chapter 9 Institutions, business, political leaders and other leaders from the society.
In addition the 2018 Youth Summit will also acknowledge 100 Young Thought Leaders who were nurtured by the Fund since 2002. These are young people who have participated in Efeng Bacha, Children’s Parliament and other various programmes of the Fund. The outgoing Efeng Bacha Youth Advisory Board members will pass on the leadership baton to Young Thought Leaders who will be launched at the summit to take over the discussion of leadership forward. The acknowledgement of the 100 young leaders will be celebrated at summit Evening Gala Dinner.
As part of the 2018 Centenary Celebrations, the Fund it will co-host the 2018 Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund Youth Summit in partnership with the National Department of Tourism and Human Right Commission of South Africa.
The partnership with the National Department of Tourism creates an opportunity for exposing children and youth historical footprints on the life of Mr. Mandela Footprints. The children and youth will visit heritage sites which has significance in Mr. Mandela’s life journey as part of promoting domestic tourism amongst children and youth. Tourism contributes to the social fibre and interlinking of different communities across the country.
Objectives of the Summit
27 April 2018 - Freedom day
The Orlando East Community, Religious and Senior Citizen‘s groups in Collaboration with The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, REPSSI, June 16 Youth Development Foundation, and The Human Rights Commission, will be hosting a conversation under the theme:
“MAKING OUR COMMUNITY SAFER FOR CHILDREN”
The purpose of the conversation is to generate ideas to building communities, and households that care for, protect and nurture children and young people. Guest Speakers attending the event will included; the Human Rights Commissioner - Angie Makwetla and the CEO – Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Sibongile Mkhabela, etc.
The event will highlight the plight of South African children with special reference to the such tragic incident occurred at A.B. Xuma Primary School in Orlando East, Soweto where 87 pupils were allegedly sexually assaulted by a School Security Guard.
Joint statement from Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital on the passing of Ms Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
The boards of trustees of Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust and Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital join South Africa and the world in mourning the loss of Ms Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Mama Winnie, we celebrate you as one of the women who stood when no one else would. As a woman, your struggle was as hard and as complex as that of many women across the country. We particularly remember you as a parent who stood with other parents – the likes of Dr Nthato Motlana and Ntate Zephania Mothopeng – when the children in Soweto were under siege. On June 16, 1976, at an enormous cost to you personally, you elected to stand in defence of school children in the same way that you had done in the 1960s. We at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and Children’s Hospital are forever grateful for your support and appreciation. We know that the struggle did not end in 1994, but it continues as we rebuild institutions that truly reflect our hope and aspirations for the nation.
Until the end, you remained an activist and like many of us, a prisoner of hope, who believed in the realisation of the dream that is the ‘rainbow nation’. In as far as you challenged us and forced us to confront our bitter realities; we are thankful. In as far as you provided counsel to political leaders, making them see beyond limited party interest; we have been strengthened. In as far as you stood with those who remain marginalised even as we seek the new nationhood; you are our conscience.
We, the NMCF and NMCH leadership can assure you that our struggle is not over. We continue to fight for a better future for those who seem hopeless, and to provide excellent healthcare to the indigent who are often invisible. In your moment of rest, we assure you that lizobuya. Lala ngoxolo Mangutyana, ugqatso ulufezile.
Issued on behalf of:
Judge Yvonne Mokgoro (Chair, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund);
Ms Graça Machel (Chair, Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust);
Mr Phuthuma Nhleko (Chair, Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital)
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Ipeleng “The Crutch Runner” Khunou is a South African making history as the first runner on crutches to compete at the 2018 Two Oceans Marathon.
Born in Soweto, at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in 1986 with a rare brain deformity called Septo-Optic Dysplasia , he was essentially born without balance and his eyesight was also affected.
Being the last born of his family, Ipeleng remembers the early memories living in Rustenburg with his mom, Violet and brother, Joy. He spent most of his years in boarding school until he matriculated at Meerhoof School. Due to lack of funds, he never finished his Marketing Diploma and stayed at home, and started freelancing and working for a couple of Non-Profit Organizations.
Ipeleng “crazy legs “as his affectionately known to his peers aspires to be a humanitarian and a philanthropist through running as his currently the only runner on crutches. He wants to use his profile and this platforms to further raise disability awareness and raise Fund for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.
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2018 is the year Nelson R. Mandela, the founder of Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, would have
turned 100 on July 18th.
In honouring Madiba, as he was affectionately known, the Fund will celebrate the centenary year in its journey by marking major milestones and continue his legacy by striving to change the way society treats its children and youth.
Thank you for remembering the 4th anniversary of our founder’s passing, Madiba, on 5th December 2017. This festive season please continue in his legacy of changing the way society treats its children and youth. In the words of Nelson Mandela at the launch of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund 23 years ago; “As we set about building a new South Africa, one of our highest priorities must be our children. The vision of a new society that guides us should already be manifest in the steps we take to address the wrong done to our youth and to prepare for their future. Our actions and policies, and the institutions we create, should be eloquent with care, respect and love.”
International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.
2017 Theme: Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere.
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, its brain-child the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in collaboration with the United Nations’ Volunteering team hosted a Volunteer Recognition ceremony at the newly built Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.
Volunteers were addressed and certificates of appreciation handed over by the Fund’s CEO Ms Sibongile Mkhabela, with words of encouragement she quoted the former statesman Mr. Nelson Mandela; “in the words of our father Mr Nelson Mandela, when asked if the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund will die when he dies, he answered by saying; ‘as long as there are good men and women there will continue to be a Children’s Fund.’ Nelson Mandela was talking about people like you and I. Today we celebrate volunteers who are here today and those who have over the years been supportive to our cause and afforded us the opportunity to reach where we are today as the Children’s Fund and the Children’s Hospital. “
One of the volunteers present was Mr. Thabi Poopedi, whose life has been dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives. Mr. Poopedi is a young Management Consultant at Accenture who is originally from Limpopo. The volunteering spirit was inherited from his parents and since a very tender age has been making a difference in people’s lives.
He is currently working in an organisation called Oratilwe which he established and is involved in various projects around the country which include a Soup Kitchen in Pretoria’s Church Square, which caters for the homeless and a Place of Safety in Polokwane, where they normally host talent shows for children, have a small braais and hand over gifts to children around Christmas Time in order to show love and appreciation to the little souls.
“Growing up I noticed how my parents gave their time and were always committed to the community, my mother was a qualified nurse and could have taken a better job in the city but she opted to work in a township clinic just outside Polokwane to make a difference in the community, this is where my spirit of giving and volunteerism was brewed” - Mr. Thabi Poopedi concluded.
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund remembers the passing of its founder, Nelson R. Mandela, on 5 December 2017. It is now 4 years since he passed on - we remember him by celebrating Africa’s Children, our hope and inspiration.
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