About US

About Us

The Mission and Vision of The South African Red Cross Society is to render services to prevent and alleviate human suffering, to foster human dignity in all communities by addressing the basic needs of our communities.

SARCS, is a vitally important partner in this country’s health and welfare network, its principle concerns are to encourage and promote the improvement of health, the prevention of disease and the alleviation of suffering and poverty in our communities.

The Vision of SARCS is to be a democratic service organization that is effective, high profile, dynamic and sensitive to the needs of all communities. Enabling communities to be self-efficient, productive, proactive members in their own well-being and health.

Our Objectives

To educate members of the communities in

  • Health and Care
  • Disaster Management
  • Humanitarian Values
  • Organizational Development

Health and Care department are responsible for:

Community home based care, HIV & AIDS projects, Chronic diseases, Primary health care, Youth peer education, Youth development, Young Women in Development, Training of First aid and Community home based care

Disaster management are responsible for:

Disaster preparedness, Community risk assessment, Training, Disaster response, Emergency medical care, Relief and aid, Tracing and Reuniting families.


The Red Cross Society WC annual High Tea and Auction on 5 July 2024

Support this trusted community care organisation that is ‘always needed and always there’

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RED CROSS SOCIETY - FIRE APPEAL : Fire Rampages Through Informal Settlement

On the 24th December a merciless fire broke out in Village Heights (Lavender Hill), a multiracial informal settlement. The fire rampaged through the settlement and was only brought under control on the 25th December (Christmas Morning).

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Taiwanese love – no boundaries SA Red Cross WC

This year on the 10 August, we, at the SA Red Cross WC were deeply humbled by the donation of 40 tons of rice so desperately needed to help vulnerable communities that we serve.

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Our Projects

Our current projects in communities are:

Nutrition Project: This project is managed at various clinics, where we not only feed HIV/TB patients, however anyone who is at the local clinic for any ailments. This project is aimed at reducing the default rates and to support beneficiaries.


Gogo Clubs: The project is aimed at the elderly in communities, giving them a support base, especially those raising grandchildren either affected or infected by HIV/Aids and in the outlined communities where services are marginalized. The Gogos are trained in gardening, sewing, beading, each sustainable as income generating projects. The garden project also assists with the feeding project at the facility every day of all elderly and our ECD school in Nyanga.

Sinobomi ECD and Aftercare:  The ECD caters for 30 Orphaned children, whose ages range from 8months to 5. Children are given all the necessary tools to prepare them for their first year of schooling, whilst the other little ones are kept safe, taught various skills required within their age groups. The children are fed 3 meals per day. The aftercare program, for school children, starts from 3pm Monday to Friday, children are assisted with their schoolwork, fed a cooked meal, given extra cirricular training in either dancing, sports or their preferred interest. The aftercare program also serves the children during school holidays and starts from 8 until 4 every day during the holidays.
Streets Project: The project is aimed at assisting street dwellers, rehabilitation or integrating people who have lost their way back into society, helping them with basic needs, counselling and assisting in their education, where they request. This project has had such an enormous impact on not only our lives, it has given way to other projects.

Peer/Youth Education: Peer education projects in schools, colleges and in social groups where teenagers and young adults are targeted.

Aimed at the vulnerable youth in communities, help is offered in the form of peer support groups, counselling, assistance with education, where required.

The project gives school children the option of volunteering as peer educators themselves, helping in their own communities and schools. This project forms part of our service to build responsible adults for the future. They are trained in first aid, disaster management, safer access, as an entry point to become trained youth volunteers.
The above are some of our projects that we offer to assist communities to become resilient, effective with our motto … each one, help one.




Success Stories

A project is only as good as the outcome that it has on the life/lives of a person or the community.  The Streets Project, holds a very special place in my heart, not because of what we do to assist, however to see that person blossom, grow and see how what they accomplish with just a little help and humility. Meet Jacob. Jacob was homeless, living in Wynberg park or under the bridge. I had the opportunity to meet Jacob, work with him, assisted him in making slight changes in his life. Today, Jacob lives in a facility for men, has completed various skills courses. Jacob now earns a living as a landscaper. I feel like a proud mom some days when I see him.



The South African Red Cross Society offers the following training and services:

Accreditation as a skills development provider

  • Ancilliary Health Care NQF level 1
  • Community Health Work NQF level 2
  • Community Health Work NQF level 4
  • General Counselling NQF level 4
  • Public Awareness and Promotion of Dread Diseases and HIV/AIDS NQF level 4
  • Promotion of Primary Healthcare NQF level 4
  • First Aid NQF level 1

Certificate of Attendance training:

  • Basic First Aid  level 1, 2, 3
  • Home Based Care level 1, 2, 3
  • HIV Testing and Counselling
  • Disaster Management & OHS
  • Pshyco Social Support
  • Staff Development



The South African Red Cross Society is 100% reliable on donations and fundraising for all its projects Each Province is responsible for its own funding needs and donors. Fundraising is a continuous effort in every department of the South African Red Cross Society, Western Cape, it enables us to start new projects and ensure that current projects are sustainable.


SA Red Cross Society (W/Cape)

Account No: 071763902

Account : Business Current Account

Branch: Constantia

Branch Code: 025309





  •     Buy a blanket for a disaster victim.
  •     Buy a first aid kit that can save a life in an emergency.
  •     Buy food parcels to support child headed households.
  •     Train members of the public in life-saving first aid skills.
  •     Train and equip volunteers that provide practical and emotional