Who's caring for community healthcare workers?

Workers On Wednesday 4 July
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207

For over a decade, community healthcare workers have become an indispensable part of the state’s healthcare provision in South Africa. There are over 70,000 care workers in South Africa, mainly women, who serve the most desperate and poor members of our communities who need added support due to their illness or disability.

Most community healthcare workers are still classified as volunteers instead of employees by their employers, the Department of Health, despite a Labour Court judgement in 2016 declaring that community health workers were 'employees' of the Gauteng Department of Health. Since then the Director-General of the Department of Health has promised much to improve the conditions of community care workers.


  • Emmanuelle Daviaud - Senior Specialist Scientist, Health Systems Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council
  • William More -  Deputy President of the National Union of Careworkers of South Africa (NUCWOSA) and community healthcare worker

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