MAD project at Ngwelezana Hospital

Thanks to a major donation of over R14,3 million from South32’s Richards Bay Hillside Aluminium, the Carte Blanche Making a Difference (MAD) Trust has once again supported the young burns patients at Ngwelezana Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal’s Umhlathuze Municipality. A vacant lot alongside the Paediatric Burns Inpatient Unit (completed in 2019) has been used to construct a dedicated Paediatric Burns Outpatient Department for the facility. 

About the Carte Blanche MAD Trust 

MAD project at Ngwelezana Hospital

The new Paediatric Burns Unit will treat up to eight young patients requiring sedation each day on an outpatient basis.

Since 2008, the MAD Trust has completed over 22 infrastructural and equipping projects in critical care paediatric departments across major public hospitals throughout the country. This has resulted in 250 000 infants and children gaining access to state-of-the-art healthcare. “The trust, our partners and our incredibly generous sponsors are honoured to be able to turn pockets of need into pockets of service,” says the MAD Trust patron, Karolina Andropoulos. 

Dedicated unit 

With over 1 200 staff members, Ngwelezana Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in its district and serves approximately 770 patients every month. The new Paediatric Burns Unit has capacity to treat up to eight young patients requiring sedation each day on an outpatient basis. 

Flooring solution 

MAD project at Ngwelezana Hospital

The right kind of flooring can have a positive effect on the atmosphere of a hospital and inspire a sense of healing and wellbeing in patients, staff members and visitors. Vinyl sheeting is the correct flooring choice for a low-maintenance, hygienic finish. 

The vinyl flooring for Ngwelezana Hospital’s Paediatric Burns Unit was supplied by Polyflor South Africa in a range of colours, defining different spaces within the unit. 

“We were very excited to partner with the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust and to make a lasting and tangible difference in communities where it is most needed,” confirms Tandy Coleman, CEO, Polyflor SA. 

Below the floor 

TAL contributed to the MAD Trust project in the form of a fast-track floor levelling system. This comprised of a vapour barrier, providing an impermeable layer to protect the final vinyl floor covering from fluctuating and elevated moisture levels in the substrate. Priming, followed by smoothing and levelling of the floors, ensured a suitable surface for the subsequent installation of vinyl sheeting in this entirely new facility. 

“TAL is proud to have contributed to this project, and extends its best wishes to the staff members and families who will benefit from these state-of-the-art paediatric burn facilities,” says Gordon Makgato, General Manager, TAL. 

Click here to see more about the Ngwelezana Hospital and the ongoing Sebokeng Regional Hospital projects. 

Fulfilling the need at Ngwelezana Hospital for a paediatric burns Outpatient Unit, the Carte Blanche Making a Difference (MAD) Trust, together with contributions from a range of partners, including local flooring industry leaders, stepped up to help. 

Full acknowledgement and thanks go to:, Polyflor SA and TAL for the information in this article. 


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