National Donor Council

Introduction


South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has three (3) Donor structures. These structures are the National Donor Council (The Council), Zone Donor Committee (Donor Committee) and Donor Branch Committees (Branch Committees). All these structures comprise of existing blood donors.

National Donor Council

The Council comprises of seventeen (17) blood donors elected from each of the Zone Donor Committees. The Council meets with the Board at least twice a year. There is proportional representation from each Zone based on the number of blood units collected in the previous financial year. For every 50 000 donations the Zone, may elect one Donor Committee member to Council, with the proviso that there will be a minimum of two representatives on Council from each Zone. These persons are the Members of SANBS and their important functions are:

  1. To appoint in annual general meeting the Non-Executive Donor Directors in terms of the Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI);
  2. Receive the Annual Report;
  3. Appoint the auditors;
  4. Present a report on their respective Zones. Council members are elected for a two (2) year term, subject to a maximum of three (3) terms.


The Council assists blood donors and potential blood donors by:

  • Establishing and promoting a culture of accountability, quality, and excellence
  • Monitoring donation outcomes and performance
  • Identifying opportunities for donation process improvement
  • Representing the views and requirements of donors and potential donors
  • Acting as advocates on behalf of donors and potential donors
  • Utilizing the experiences of donors in order to educate prospective donors, increase awareness of the needs of donors and those considering donation, and assist in enhancing the donation process.


Donor Zones
There are seven donor zones comprising of 17 Council Members
                                                                                     
 1.  Egoli Zone; (3 Council Members)                                                                   
  2.  Vaal Zone; (2 Council Members)                                                                       
  3.  Northern Zone - Pretoria and Limpopo; (3 Council Members)                        
  4.  Mpumalanga Zone; (2 Council Members)                                                         
 5.  Free State Zone; (2 Council Members)                                                            
  6.  KZN Zone; and (3 Council Members)                                                                
  7.  Eastern Cape Zone (2 Council Members)                                                       

NATIONAL COUNCIL MEMBERS:


        Northern Zone

Mrs. Cecelia Du Plessis (Chairperson)   
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Mr. Johan Du Plessis
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Mr. France Mohr
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Free State

Mr. Chris Viljoen (Chairman)
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Andries Coetzee (082 926 3009)
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Egoli

Mr. Keith Nash – (Chairman)
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Mr. Darryl Bunyan
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Mr. Glen Chatz
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KZN

Mr. Rodney Brand (Chairman)
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Mr. Christo. Maakal
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Mr. Anthony King
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Vaal
Name: Mr Eugene Cronje (Chairman)
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Name: Mr Alan Berry
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Mpumalanga
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Mr. Brendan Damons
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Renier Van Rensburg.
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Eastern Cape Zone
Mr. V Thorndike (Chairman_
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        Brian Stephenson
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Zone Donor Committee

Each zone has a Zone Donor Committee with two (2) members who are elected from each branch. Members are blood donors and their main role is to assist zone management in advancing the aims of blood donation and assisting with operational activities, when called on to do so.

The Donor Committee meets on a quarterly basis with a key responsibility to elect/nominate members to the National Council. The number of members that can be nominated to Council is dependent on the number of whole blood units collected by the zone in the previous financial year.

The entitlement is one member per 50 000 donations or greater portion thereof, with the proviso that there will always be a minimum of two (2) members from each zone represented on the Council.

Branch Donor Committee

There are thirty one (31) Donor Branch Committees within the seven (7) SANBS zones. These Donor Branch Committees play an important role in recruitment and retention strategies for donors in their communities and are supported by the local donor operational staff. They elect and appoint members to the Zone Donor Committees.