Donate blood and save a life!

Blood donation is a voluntary process where anyone who is allowed to donate, can give blood to a blood bank. Then, whenever someone is in need of blood, they can get a blood transfusion (blood from another healthy person is added to their blood). According to the South African National Blood Service (SANBS), one out of every ten patients in a hospital will need a blood transfusion to save their lives.

World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year around the world on the 14th of June. This day highlights how important blood donation is. A supply of blood is always needed to treat patients involved in accidents, patients having surgery (including pregnant women) and patients with cancer.

To donate blood you must:

  • Weigh at least 50kg
  • Be between the ages of 16 and 65 years
  • Be in good health

You can’t donate blood if you:

  • have donated blood in the last 56 days (2 months)
  • are HIV positive
  • have hepatitis B, hepatitis C or syphilis
  • have had more than one sexual partner in the last six months
  • have injected yourself with drugs

How do I donate blood?

Blood donation is done through the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service. They set up donation stations at schools, clinics and shops all around South Africa. Donating blood is safe, easy and free of charge. It will only take about 30 minutes of your time to donate blood and you can donate every 56 days.

To find out more about how to donate, visit the SANBS website or For more information on blood types, check out our article Blood types and how blood donation works.

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