When respondents from leading South African companies and government were asked in a national survey to rate companies’ strategy and practices on corporate social responsibility (CSR), Netcare was rated the top healthcare organisation. This has earned the Group a PMR.africa Diamond Arrow Award, the highest recognition, for the past four years.

The Netcare Group’s corporate social investment is focused on the following key categories:

  • Emergency medical services to indigent patients
  • Healthcare accessibility initiatives and programmes for disadvantaged communities and individuals
  • Community health and welfare sponsorships and outreach programmes
  • Academic sponsorships and bursaries
  • Discretionary CSI projects

Medicross supports the Netcare Group’s CSI strategy, with staff members and healthcare practitioners actively participating in a number of outreach and awareness initiatives in the communities where we operate.

Helping indigent patients regain the precious gift of sight.

Cataract surgery for indigent patients

Ophthalmologists and staff members at Medicross Constantia Park, Potchefstroom and Silverton have committed their time and expertise to perform cataract surgery in their day theatres on a number of indigent patients, enabling them to regain the precious gift of sight.

The surgery is undertaken in support of the Right to Sight campaign during Eye Care Awareness Month in October each year. Theatre costs and some consumables are covered by the Medicross day theatres involved in this initiative, while other consumables such as lenses and disposable items are sponsored by suppliers.

Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work campaign

This annual initiative has enjoyed excellent support from our Medicross family medical and dental centres for a number of years. It provides an opportunity for us to give young girls a glimpse into the healthcare environment that we hope will inspire them in their future career choices.

Medicross East London was one of the many Medicross centres that hosted girl learners during the event in 2016. A Rotary representative and a previous head dentist facilitated the visit by the 14 girls from John Bisseker High School.

The learners were given an overview of the Netcare Group, its different business operations and our values and the Netcare Way, the six behaviours by which we live. The girls then spent half an hour with designated mentors from various departments, including nursing, pharmacy, dental, medical reception and administration and explained the different disciplines in their area of work.

It was not only an enriching day for the girls. Staff too found the day fulfilling extremely fulfilling.

The Netcare Group’s CSI strategy, governance and activities are coordinated by the Netcare Foundation, a public benefit company that was established in 2010. The Foundation partners with government, corporates, suppliers, healthcare professionals and staff members to support the development of the communities in which Netcare works.

Click here to read more about Netcare’s CSI initiatives.