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.


Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust is making a difference together with Boikanyo!

NMCHT and Boikanyo Foundation signed an MOU in November 2018. The Boikanyo Foundation was founded in 2006 by the Round Table Golden East 181. The Foundation is a non-racial, non-political organization that benefits all underprivileged children requiring surgical treatment of congenital heart disease. The Boikanyo Foundation has formed a vital and unique partnership with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital to increase the number of children receiving life-saving open-heart surgery through the hospital’s paediatric cardiothoracic surgery unit. The partnership is based on the following: The Foundation provides funds to cover for consumables required during the cardiothoracic surgery. The hospital provides theatre time, nursing staff, surgeons, anaesthetists and after care services required to perform paediatric heart surgery. The partnership with Boikanyo Foundation has enabled NMCH to conduct these procedures and to provide for those children who would not have been able to access these services. The Foundation funds the costs of consumables to the value of R40k for each of the cardiothoracic surgeries conducted at NMCH. The result of this partnership will be:


first patient with Boikanyo

Baby Amanda was hospitalised for a month at Sebokeng Hospital where doctors discovered she had a hole in the heart and was diagnosed with a ventricular septal defect (VSD). The infant spent three weeks at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital before being transferred to Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH) for cardiac surgery. The operation was successful.

Baby Amanda has recovered and has since been discharged. Mom, Puleng Mokhali, says she is grateful to the entire NMCH family for their spirit of Ubuntu, “Their love for children is remarkable, everyone wants to hold the baby and play with her. Amanda was spoiled with toys and I almost forgot that she is sick but when I did remember, a social worker was available to talk to me. I felt like I was with a true family.”


starts off with healing hearts

The Boikanyo Foundation has started the year healing hearts with The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

So far we have helped with 4 operations in January and February with more need coming in every day. Boikanyo and Round Table are saving lives and making such a difference to the quality of life of the children of Africa.

The children we have helped so far are:

Mussa Keith Kwali was assisted by Boikanyo on the 5th of January and is doing very well.

Wiseman Ngobeni is a cheerful 7yr from Daveyton, Springs. He suffers from a severe form of tetralogy of Fallot which has rendered him deeply cyanotic, with markedly decreased effort tolerance. 

Wiseman requires corrective surgery for his condition, which entails closing the intracardiac defects and relieving the obstruction to his right ventricle. He is expected to require a long convalescence following his surgery, but it is hoped that he will make a slow yet steady recovery. 

Young Ntsika Mokone is a 2yr old from Tsakane. Previously well, he was recently diagnosed with an evolving congenital heart condition of tetralogy of Fallot that required admission into hospital in a critical condition, and urgent surgery. Fortunately, we were able to fully correct his condition and he is well on his way to recovery. 

Ms Mmapula Mmatjipa is 6yrs old and was referred to us from Polokwane in Limpopo province. She has a ventricular septal defect with a leaky aortic valve, and requires corrective surgery before the latter worsens. 



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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