Active since 1883, St John in South Africa carries out its operations from ten major Centres located in various cities and towns, namely Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, East London, Fish Hoek, Grahamstown, Johannesburg, Kimberley, Port Elizabeth and Somerset West.

St John South Africa is well known for its training courses in first aid and home-based care as well as eye care services. It currently operates an emergency ambulance service in the Western Cape.  Volunteer members of St John provide first aid care at large public gatherings and is on standby to assist the South African public during times of national emergency or disaster.


First Aid

Each year St John trains thousands of South Africans in both accredited and non-accredited first aid, firefighting and community health work.

Community Health

St John South Africa's community health training courses include an HIV / AIDS programme and home-based care to assist those who are caring for the terminally ill who prefer to be treated in the home environment as well as care of the elderly.  Occupational, national and Further Education and Training (FET) certificated courses are offered in Community Health Work.

Eye Clinic

We operate 10 eye care clinics around the country providing professional eye testing and the dispensing spectacles to those underprivileged members most notably the elderly and school children of the community who are unable to afford commercial rates.

Partnership Work

St John South Africa manages a community health project in the Western Cape in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH).  Fully funded by the DOH, St John offers a variety of health-related services to local impoverished communities where most patients live well below the poverty line.

More than 200 Community Health Workers provide home based care services and adherence (ensuring medication, especially for Tuberculosis and HIV, are taken correctly and regularly).  Patients are also screened for diabetes, blood pressure, TB, cholesterol and COVID19.

Community Health Workers also provide a community dispensary unit which assists with packaging and distribution of medication.

To date 511,652 patients have benefitted from improved health care through this partnership.



St John South Africa
19 Woolston Road
Johannesburg 2193
South Africa

Tel: 011 646 5520
Email: [email protected]