On November 3, 2011, the Diversity Council was honored to host two leaders from the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital, Mrs. Sibongile Mkhabela, who serves as CEO; and Mrs. Nana Magomola, a hospital trustee. The two were brought to Pepperdine by distinguished alumna Ms. Jennifer Trubenbach, President and Executive Director of Operation of Hope, a non-profit that provides life-changing surgical care, healthcare and medical training programs in under-served areas of the world through international collaboration among medical and non-medical volunteers. Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital

This was the first visit to the West coast of the United State for Mrs. Mkhabela and Mrs. Magomola. The purpose of the visit was to gain insight and clinical information in preparation for the new Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital currently under construction in Johannesburg, South Africa, scheduled to open in 2014.

Known for her personal story of the Soweto Uprising in June 1976 in her book "Open Earth and Black Roses," Mrs. Mkhabela shared her experience of losing her son to burn wounds and the void for proper child health care provisions her and her family experienced.

Sibongile Mkhabel, Margaret Weber, and Nana Magomola - Pepperdine GSEP
(from left to right, Sibongile Mkhabela; GSEP Dean, Margaret Weber; Nana Magomola)

Operation of Hope