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The South African Red Cross Society is a member organisation of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Socities (IFRC), which is the largest volunteer driven organisation on earth. The Red Cross Society has 100 million members and a presence in 189 countries.

In August 2007 the South African Government recognized The South African Red Cross Society as an Official Auxiliary to the Government in Humanitarian Aid.

Humanitarian services in South Africa can be traced back to the late 1800’s. The South African Red Cross Society was established in 1921 and admitted into the IFRC in 1929.

Today the South African Red Cross Society is a member of the IFRC Governing Board.


It has three main components:

  • The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
  • The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
  • 189 member Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
  • As partners, the different members of the Movement support communities in becoming stronger and safer through a variety of development projects and humanitarian activities. The Movement also works in cooperation with governments, donors and other aid organizations to assist vulnerable people around the world.
  • Lynnwood Glen Branch

    62 Blanton St, Lynnwood Glen, Pretoria
  • Florida Branch

    42- 7th Ave, Florida, Johannesburg
  • Benoni Branch

    Rynfield, Benoni, Johannesburg
  • Soweto Branch

    3191 Malachi Street, Rockville, Soweto, Johannesburg
  • Arcadia Branch

    437 Edmond Street, Arcadia, Pretoria
  • Southernwood Branch

    Southernwood, Southernwood, East London
  • Port Elizabeth Central Branch

    18 Bain Street, Port Elizabeth Central, Port Elizabeth
  • Germiston Branch

    27 Driehoek Road, Germiston

Courses offered by Red Cross


Home Based Care

SARCS provides Home Based Care training to Caregivers, Community, Nurse Aids, Family Members, and Healthcare Workers, who care for the ill and the frail at home. Candidates receive theoretical as well as practical sessions during their training.

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