Ramaphosa Has His Best Mandela Day Ever at Cape Town Children’s Hospital

CAPE TOWN – South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa said today was the best Mandela Day he had ever had because of what he experienced at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

President Ramaphosa at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital on Nelson Mandela Day. Source: The Presidency

“I came here to uplift the spirits of the young people,” he said, holding one of the young patients in his arms, “but in the end I am the one whose spirit has been lifted.” (See video below.)

During his visit, Ramaphosa did a radio interview with the patients, and said they asked him a lot of “difficult” questions.

The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital is South Africa’s only dedicated child health institution and offers a comprehensive range of specialist paediatric services to children, according to its website.


The hospital’s RX radio station is the first radio station in the world presented by children for children, live streaming from a hospital.

“What impressed me most was that they are so full of hope despite the many challenges and difficulties that they are afflicted with, the real health challenges that they face,” said Ramaphosa. “They are so full of hope.”

The invitation to the president:

The President arrives at RX Radio today:

The interview:

Meanwhile, President Ramaphosa’s wife – Dr Tshepo Motsepe – spent her 67 Minutes for Mandela Day with the Early Care Foundation: