Blood Availability at Critical Levels


The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) is experiencing yet another difficult time with regards to blood collections. Almost 40 % of the blood, we collect come from schools and universities and due to the holidays we are unable to host these blood drives. This together with many people who also take a break, the blood stock levels are impacted significantly. Currently, the blood stock at a national level is 1.5 days.

“SANBS needs to maintain a stock level of 5 days at all times by collecting 3000 units of blood per day to meet the demand of the thousands of patients who are reliant on blood transfusions for their survival.” says Jana Wallace, Head of Marketing Free-State & Northern Cape

The organisation is appealing to members of the public who meet the minimum blood donor requirements, especially blood donors who may have missed a blood donation to help boost supplies by committing to donating blood.

In order to become a blood donor you must:

• Weigh at least 50kg
• Be between the ages of 16-65
• Lead a safe sexual lifestyle
• Be in general good health; and
• Consider your blood safe for transfusion to a patient.

If you wish to find out more on where to donate and more on becoming a donor, please do not hesitate to call us on 0800 11 90 31 or email: or visit us on :