The Boikanyo Foundation

The Boikanyo Foundation is a registered public benefit organisation (PBO: 930028097)

The Boikanyo Foundation is a registered public benefit organisation (PBO: 930028097)

The Boikanyo Foundation

South Africa’s Children Rely on Us. And We Rely on You.


A Little Girl’s Quiet Strength


Ntombi Khomotso Ndayi is an outwardly introverted and confident eight-year-old girl from Roodepoort, Johannesburg.

Her first name may be Ntombi but, she is known as and generally responds to her mid-dle name, Khomotso. Her mother recalls a time at the Hospital when the name, “Ntombi” was called out, how she had no reaction to it at all but that her ears perked up as soon as the name “Khomotso” was called out.

Khomotso lives with her father, mother, and two brothers. She is the youngest child of all three children. She enjoys watching television, particularly local drama series and car-toons, in her free time.

Khomotso was born on the 12 July 2013. Her mother discovered that she had a congen-ital heart defect when she was only 3-months-old. Her mother discovered that she had a hole in her heart right from birth.

The first major sign that something was wrong was when Khomotso started coughing. Her mother, afraid and not knowing what else to do, decided to take her to the clinic where she was examined. She learned from the results of Khomotso’s tests that her daughter had a serious heart condition.

Khomotso was referred to a hospital in Johannesburg where she was born, to receive care. Her doctor insisted that she was fine. He prescribed certain medications which he be-lieved, would help to close the hole in her heart.

Her mother, trusting her better judgement, continued to take Khomotso to the clinic for regular check-ups every year despite her doctor’s insistence that she was fine.

She kept growing as the years went on until her mother noticed that she was starting to lose a considerable amount of weight around the age of six.
She rushed her to the hospital.

Khomotso’s doctor then discovered that her heart valve was damaged in 2020. He re-ferred her to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital during her next appointment.

Khomotso underwent open-heart surgical procedure at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in March 2022. She stayed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for three weeks.

Her mother told us, “Kuqala bowungayizwa inhliziyo yakhe. Bowuzwa igazi me. Kodwa manje, for the first time, ngiyayizwa inhliziyo yakhe” meaning “You couldn’t hear her heartbeat at first. All you could hear was blood. But now, for the first time, I can hear her heartbeat.”

Khomotso and her mother left the hospital after her operation. They came back after a week so that her stitches could be removed. It was then, after the removal of her stitches, that her doctors and mother were able to hear her heartbeat for the first time.


first boikanyo buddies

After a wonderful Mandela Day held at Golden East 181 Round Table clubhouse in a joint project with the wonderful Aurora Annes, Boikanyo had the first monthly sign ups. This make a massive difference in the lives of children.

Every month you are making a difference in the life of a child


Lets make a difference together.

Could YOU make a monthly donation to Boikanyo so we can ensure we are able to make a difference in children’s lives: An amount of your choice. Get monthly newsletters and updates on the difference YOU are making in a child life.


South Africa’s Children Rely on Us. And We Rely on You.

The Boikanyo Foundation is reliant on the help of individuals, associations and companies to aid us in saving lives.  Approximately R50,000 is all it will take to give a child a new chance at life. Any assistance that can be offered will be greatly appreciated.

The Boikanyo foundation was founded by the members of Round Table Golden East 181 in 2006. To date, GE 181 continues to provide administration and funding support to the foundation.

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  • Our Aim

    To reduce the number of disadvantaged and underprivileged children awaiting life-changing heart surgery.

    To improve the Children’s Heart Surgery Unit at The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital by providing resources and opportunities.

  • Our Name

    Our name, The Boikanyo oundation, was proposed by the ICU staff of Johannesburg Hospital. The word originates from Tswana and directly translated means “We rely on you”, for it is our nations most destitute and impoverished children that rely on us to change their lives forever and for the better.

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