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Ngwelezana & Sebokeng: A Matter of Care

Ngwelezana & Sebokeng: A Matter of Care

Having recently completed a Paediatric Burns Outpatient Department at Ngwelezana Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, the Carte Blanche Making a Difference (MAD) Trust stepped in to create a first-of-its-kind children’s trauma facility in its third project at Sebokeng Regional Hospital in Gauteng.

MAD Trust: New Year, New Projects
MAD Trust: New Year, New Projects

With two projects completed at Sebokeng Hospital in Gauteng, the Carte Blanche Trust is embarking on a major project to create a dedicated Paediatric Emergency Unit at this hospital.


Carte Blanche, produced by Combined Artistic Productions, launched the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust (IT 3593/2008) to commemorate 20 years on air in August 2008.

George Mazarakis, Carte Blanche’s Executive Producer, set the goal of raising R20-million, a million for every year on air, to support State paediatric units across the country. To date, through the generosity of corporate donors and viewers, we have more than quadrupled that target.

In 2010, George (Trustee) and Karolina Andropoulos (patron) were awarded the Support of Philanthropy in the Media Inyathelo Philanthropy Award for their work in equipping paediatric units in hospitals with life-saving equipment and mobilising corporate and private South Africa to donate millions of rands to support this initiative.
Total raised: in excess of R145-million.

The Trust continues to raise finds.
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Patron: K Andropoulos

Founder/Donor: J K Sparkes

Trustees: P D Grealy, G Fatseas-Mazarakis, C M V Nel, J K Sparkes & J D du Plessis

Karolina Andropoulos matriculated at St Mary’s School in Johannesburg, and then went on to study Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she graduated in 1988.
In 2001 Karolina was living in Sydney, Australia, when her daughter Georgina was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. This led to several years of in- and out-patient treatment for her daughter at Sydney Children’s Hospital. This circumstance resulted in first-hand experience of paediatric hospital facilities abroad, and left Karolina with a passionate interest and commitment to the improvement of paediatric facilities in South Africa.

In 2009 Karolina became patron of the Carte Blanche “Making a Difference” trust. To date the trust has raised over R145-million in support of State paediatric units across the country.
Karolina has been residing in Johannesburg again since 2006.

Chris Nel has been a Chartered Accountant since 1983. Since April 1998 he has practiced under the name of Viljoen Nel Chartered Accountants. Chris has been the Finance Trustee to the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust from its inception to-date.

Trustee Peter Grealy acts as MAD’s legal advisor. The head of Webber Wentzel’s Commercial Business Unit, he focuses on the commercial and regulatory aspects of South Africa’s telecommunications, broadcasting, media and technology environment. He regularly advises clients on commercial and corporate issues, including crossborder negotiations, e-commerce and online banking, as well as defamation and copyright law, as it pertains to the media and entertainment industry. Peter is a member of the International Bar Association and the Corporate Lawyers Association of South Africa, and his expertise has been recognised by a number of international research organisations, including Chambers, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers.

Nomsa Philiso is the CEO of General Entertainment for the MultiChoice Group. She has extensive broadcast and media experience spanning over 25 years, having worked across media sales, channel and content management as well as technology project implementations. She is responsible for all local content productions, international content acquisitions and channel management across the continent for the group.



In the more than a decade since the launch of the Carte Blanche ‘Making a Difference’ trust, over R150-million has been raised to equip and renovate Paediatric Operating Theatres, ICUs and High Care Wards in 10 State academic hospitals in six of South Africa’s nine provinces. Each of the Trust’s projects have had the benefited from the expertise of some of the country’s top specialists in the fields of hospital development, architecture and clinical, electrical and mechanical engineering. Thousands of hours have been contributed for the benefit of each project’s success. In turn, this has resulted in long-term benefits to thousands of children in State hospitals throughout South Africa.

The Carte Blanche “Making a Difference” Trust has commenced its 19th project, namely to create a new Paediatric Unit at Ngwelezana Hospital in KZN’s Umhlathuze Municipality. The upliftment of paediatric services for trauma, burns and orthopedic at the hospital will be addressed by way of overhauling  a building that has been earmarked for this purpose and equipping it with appropriate equipment.

In addition to the work in various hospitals, the trust has completed several projects in aftercare centres and orphanages, as well as initiating and securing the funding for feeding programmes for our child welfare beneficiaries in Gauteng, the North West province and KwaZulu-Natal.