Group Five has won a contract to construct the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg, the hospital’s trust said on Monday.
Construction began on Monday and was expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016, it said in a statement.
“We are confident that Group Five will be the right partner as we navigate what is for the hospital trust, unchartered territory,” trust chairman Moss Ngoasheng said.
“This represents a key milestone in our efforts to make (former president) Nelson Mandela’s last wish of building a children’s hospital in South Africa a reality,” trust deputy chair Nana Magomola said in the statement.
The hospital was expected to employ around 150 doctors and 451 paediatric nursing professionals.
“The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will be a world class, highly advanced specialised children’s hospital that will shape the lives of the children of Africa and shape the future of a greater Africa,” the trust said.
The hospital will be located adjacent to Wits University’s medical school in Parktown.