Know who you can call in an emergency
Every second counts in an emergency and could mean the difference between life and death. Currently, there’s no single emergency number in South Africa so it’s very important for you to have the correct contact details handy for a speedy response to your specific emergency.
Before you call:
Always make sure that it’s a real emergency before you call as tying up emergency lines could lead to the prolonged suffering or death of someone else.
When calling an emergency number, make sure that you have the following information ready:
- Specific details about the location (address) of the incident or potential patient. Provide landmarks if you can.
- Specific details of the incident. Speak clearly and calmly to the person taking your call.
- Specific details about the contact person (name and telephone number). Make sure that the telephone line is available until emergency services arrive at the scene.
Depending on the nature of your emergency, you can call the appropriate emergency number below:
Other relevant information:
The content on this page was last updated on 11 October 2017