Can I Donate?

Basic Eligibility


Donating safe blood means one has committed himself to participating in a vital community service to improve the quality of life.


South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has various measures in place to protect the health and wellbeing of blood donors and patients. The measures ensure that our blood supply is among the safest in the world.

Before donating blood, a donor must be:


  • Weighing at least 50kg or more;

  • Between 16 and 65 of age;

  • In good health;

  • Leading a sexually safe lifestyle; and

  • Consider your blood safe for transfusion to a patient.

One must never donate blood to receive a free HIV test as it places lives of patients at risk. In order to receive proper treatment, potential donors should visit HIV testing centres to have themselves tested.

If you want an HIV/Aids test, please contact: toll free:
0800 012 322 or

South African National Blood Service (SANBS) is committed to providing sufficient, safe blood for patients who need blood transfusion as part of their medical treatment. Various recruitment strategies have been established to promote the message of safe blood donation.