The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) celebrated World Blood Donor Day with a special event: a two-day lab tour welcoming 80 learners to their laboratories, held at SANBS offices in Constantia Kloof, Johannesburg. The program showcased the journey of blood, introduced learners to the organisation’s work environment, and presented pathways for internal career advancement.

During the two-day lab tour, learners engaged in a comprehensive schedule of talks and activities aimed at helping them make informed career choices, boosting their confidence, and inspiring them to achieve their highest potential. They gained valuable insights from young professionals representing different departments within SANBS.

The recent event served as a powerful motivator for the learners, with SANBS employees commending them for their involvement in the program. The lab tours gave learners insights into promising career paths in Medical Technology, including Lab Technicians, Technologists, and Inventory Shift Supervisors

Thandi Mosupye, Senior Manager of Marketing, Communication, and Brand at SANBS, emphasised the significance of thoughtful career planning and provided valuable insights into key factors to consider when navigating career decisions.

“At SANBS, we value our diverse and multi-generational employees, recognising them as crucial to our organisation’s success. Promoting active participation, continuous learning, and fostering a culture of growth within the organisation is our top priority. These lab tours serve as a platform for research, self-improvement, and advanced education.”

Amber Paulus, one of the learners who participated in the lab tour, aims to pursue a career as a Paediatric Audiologist. Motivated by the belief that a single blood donation could save up to three lives, Amber believes that saving lives is essential as it preserves the fundamental right to life.

“I found the lab tours incredibly insightful and educational. They demonstrated the power of teamwork and cooperation in achieving success. I also gained a deeper appreciation for the dedication and effort involved in saving lives. Witnessing the processes involved in testing and processing blood for transfusion was very eye-opening.”