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SANBS urges public to donate blood

With the Easter weekend approaching, SANBS is appealing to South Africans to donate blood.

FILE: SANBS on Wednesday said it had enough blood for two days. Picture: SANBS

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) on Wednesday said it had seen a steady decline in the number of donors coming forward to donate blood ahead of the long Easter weekend.

As of Wednesday, it had enough blood for two days.

The ideal blood supply levels are reportedly around five to seven days.

The service's Vanessa Raju said with the Easter weekend approaching, they were appealing to South Africans to donate blood.

"With the long weekend ahead of us, this would impact the collections far more, and we want to encourage the public… if you are due to donate, to really make this a priority because we want to avoid a crisis, especially over a period where we know blood is so urgently required."

Meanwhile, the Gauteng Traffic Department said it was fully prepared for high traffic volumes ahead of the Easter weekend.

Traffic volumes were expected to peak from Thursday as motorists prepared to travel to various destinations around the country.

The department's Busaphi Nxumalo said there would be also more roadblocks over the long weekend.

"We have joined hands with all law enforcement agencies in the province, JMPD in Tshwane and Ekurhuleni to make sure our roads are safe there is more visibility on our roads, road blocks have been taking place."