Celebrating 25 years of contribution to South Africa

“Our purpose as healthcare workers have never been clearer and more inspiring.”

Friday, December 3 2021

Netcare was formally established on 4 December 1996, the day the new Constitution of South Africa was approved by the Constitutional Court.

“Since then Netcare has grown from modest beginnings to develop and become part of the fabric of South Africa’s tapestry,” said Dr Richard Friedland, chief executive officer of the Netcare Group speaking on the eve of the 25th year anniversary of the company.

“We have been there for South Africans through thick and thin. Through the heights of the Soccer World Cup and the challenges of the national nursing strike, Marikana and other local and international disasters to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have provided support and care,” he noted.



“Over twenty-five years we have brought enormous innovation and numerous firsts to healthcare in South Africa and have had the privilege of providing compassionate care to millions of South Africans. We continue to transform our organisation while making a meaningful contribution to society.”

“Through Netcare 911, millions of indigent South Africans have benefitted from emergency care and through our national sexual assault clinics we have provided care to thousands of survivors of rape. Through Netcare Education, we have trained more than fifty thousand nurses, paramedics and healthcare workers. As responsible citizens, we lead the continent in environmental sustainability in healthcare,” said Friedland.

“To all those to whom we have had the privilege of serving and providing care, thank YOU for entrusting us with your care. And, to all on our frontlines and all those behind the scenes supporting our nurses, doctors, pharmacists, paramedics, allied healthcare professionals and healthcare workers, there are no words adequate to express our gratitude and appreciation.

“As we look to the future, never before has our purpose as healthcare workers been clearer and more inspiring,” concluded Dr Friedland.


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Notes to editor

Looking for a medical appointment? Netcare appointmed™ will make appointments for YOU with specialists practising at Netcare hospitals, GPs and dentists at Medicross medical and dental centres, and specialists at Akeso mental health facilities. Simply request an appointment online at or phone Netcare appointmed™  on 0860 555 565, Mondays to Fridays between 08:00 and 17:00.
To find out more about the services offered through Netcare hospitals and other of the Group’s facilities, please visit or contact the Netcare customer service centre either by email at [email protected] or phone 0860 NETCARE (0860 638 2273). Note that the centre operates Mondays to Fridays from 08:00 to 16:00.

For more information on this media release, contact MNA at the contact details listed below.

Issued by:    MNA on behalf of Netcare
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