World Blood Donor Day
(14 Jun 2018)

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World Blood Donor Day & How to Donate

It’s World Blood Donor Day and we are encouraging all our viewers to do their bit and donate blood! You can save a life, make a difference and do your good deed for the day! Here’s all you need to know about who can donate blood, types of donation and where you can donate.

Blood Donor Requirements (According to SANBS):

  • Between the ages of 16 and 65 years old  (First time donors)
  • Weigh a minimum of 50kgs
  • You are in good health
  • Lead a low risk lifestyle
  • Consider your blood safe for transfusion
  • You must have had a balanced meal within four hours of donating blood
  • You have not donated blood in the last 56 days (and platelets in the last 14 days)
  • Pulse is between 50-100 regular beats per minute
  • Blood pressure is below 180 systolic (first number) and below 100 diastolic (second number) and above 100 systolic (first number) and above 60 diastolic (second number).
  • Your haemoglobin level is 12.5 g/dL or above

*A screening test will be performed to ensure that your blood pressure and haemoglobin levels are within the range for you to donate blood.
Types of Donation:

Whole Blood:
Whole Blood means the donation of a unit of blood for a patient. This unit is processed into 3 components: red cells, platelets and plasma. You could save up to 3 lives in just 30 minutes!

Platelets help with blood clotting and prevention of excess bloodloss. The blood is processed in which the platelets are retained and returns the other blood components to the donor’s system. People are able to donate platelets every month and takes about an hour and a half.

Plasma donation is when the blood is processed through a cell separating machine that filters out the plasma and returns red cells and other cellular component’s to the donor. This takes about 90 minutes and donation can take place every two weeks 
Autologonus Donation:
This is a donation where you donate blood for yourself before a pre-planned surgery and a donation where your family and friends donate blood for you.

Where to Donate:
There are many donation centres all over the country and many pop-up blood donation points. Did you know that you can also host your own blood drive? Find out more on

SANBS is making it easy to find your nearest donation centre! Follow this link:, enter in your address and the closest station will be highlighted for you!

Here are some donation centres:


Southdale Donor Centre - 011 433-8414

Craighall Donor Centre - 011 447-6665

Linksfield Donor Centre - 011 882-1391

Eastern Cape:

Uitenhage Donor Centre -041 992-4844

Walker Drive Donor Centre - 041 360-4161

Port Elizabeth Donor Centre - 041 391-8200

Queenstown Donor Centre - 045 839-5133


North Durban Donor Centre - 031 564-6070

Umlazi Donor Centre - 031 912-1259

South Durban Donor Centre - 031 459-0986

Musgrave Donor Centre - 031 201-3668

Cape Town:

WP Blood Transfusion Servies - 021 421 2571

Constantia Medi Clinic - 021 799 2911

Stellenberg (Church of Christ Bellville) - 021 975 4405


Free State:

Welkom Donor Centre - 057 352-2174

Victorian Square Donor & Apheresis Centre - 051 447-7246

Bloemfontein Donor Centre - 051 400-6800

For more information visit or contact 011 761 9000

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