In 2019 we have read a lot of stories about entrepreneurs who have given a vast amount to help developing countries and impoverished people across the globe. Not only are the mega-wealthy helping out but also medium-sized business owners, families, and successful individuals. The trend of philanthropy can be seen across the globe but most notably we read a story about a very generous, considerate and intelligent South African businessman who is helping not people in his own country. In an interview earlier this year he mentioned that “while there is a lot of good work happening overseas in areas where I believe it is needed most, there has been a lapse in helping the people who are struggling in already wealthy countries. I understand South Africa is a prosperous nation but that does not mean that there are not families that are living day to day. I wish to help everyday people and help them succeed in their ambitions and future.”
Acquiring a vast network of real estate, Mr. Neils once started as a small property developer but now can claim to be one of the countries wealthiest people. With a gesture that is all too kind, Mr. Neils has decided to gift over 150 million rands to help develop existing infrastructure and hire more skilled staff in the Wellington children’s hospital. Signing a pact with the health board he proposes to build a large facility that would have 50 beds as well as rec rooms, family space and areas for staff. It is one of the largest projects built from sole donations and is estimated to be over 7000 square meters. This has sparked debates as to why it is necessary for gifts to be needed to make an upgrade to the pediatric society. This long-overdue renovation is scheduled to be completed in 2022 and will greatly aid the development of children in South Africa. “By focusing on the youth programs we guarantee the future success of our nation. When children are healthy and educated they can achieve great things and live out their potential” stated Mr. Neils.
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