From the Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au
“US television talkshow queen Oprah Winfrey is set to open a $US40 million (AUD$50.79 million) school for poor South African girls which she paid for, fulfilling a promise she made to Nelson Mandela six years ago.
Winfrey, a regular visitor to South Africa, will officially unveil the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls at Henley-on-Klip, south of Johannesburg, with Mandela expected to attend the ceremony on Tuesday.
The facility, funded entirely by Winfrey’s foundation, is spread over 21 hectares and composed of 28 buildings with modern classrooms, a dormitory, computer and science laboratories and an auditorium.
It will provide free education to 152 girls from poor families drawn from all of South Africa’s nine provinces.
They are aged between 11 and 13 and were chosen for their intelligence and leadership qualities.
When Winfrey visited South African anti-apartheid icon Mandela six years ago he asked her to fund worthy causes.
She personally chose the doors, tiles, towels and bedsheets and for the school, whose aim is to turn them into a “new generation of leaders.”
In an interview to South African television earlier this year Winfrey said she had dreamt of the colour of the bricks for the building.”
A nice bit of publicised altruism, just to prove your a fine philanthropist, and well done for actually spending some of your many hundreds of millions on something other than yourself – but when you consider the numbers of disadvantaged children in Africa and South Africa, surely you can fit more than 152 girls in 28 buildings on 21 hectares?? Hmm?
I’m pretty sure Nelson Mandela was thinking of worthy causes a little more far reaching.