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Addressing recent funding allegations and ensuring continued patient care

Johannesburg, 21 June 2024 - Life Healthcare, in its capacity as a legitimate service provider to Nkanyisa Recovery Centre NPC, is aware of recent media coverage concerning an existing Gauteng Department of Social Development investigative report on its funding of Non-Profit Companies including Nkanyisa Recovery Centre NPC.   

We refute the allegations made in the media reports, which contain numerous factual inaccuracies. A fair and impartial investigation will result in a finding of no wrongdoing or unethical behaviour by either Life Healthcare or the Nkanyisa Recovery Centre NPC.

Life Healthcare has never been provided with an opportunity to peruse and consider the report and therefore cannot comment on the findings included in the report. The Nkanyisa Recovery Centre NPC has been running this contract with the Gauteng Department of Social Development for eight years. Both the Department and the Nkanyisa Recovery Centre NPC are subject to annual audits, with no adverse findings pertaining to Nkanyisa Recovery Centre NPC being communicated or reported over this period. Life Healthcare has always operated and continues to operate with integrity and transparency, and we stand by our continued commitment to ethical business practices.

The Department of Social Development remains in debt to the Nkanyisa Recovery Centre NPC for the amount of R172.6m for services properly rendered to date. Despite the delays in payment, the Nkanyisa Recovery Centres NPC faces, we are advised that it remains committed to providing the highest quality of care to those vulnerable patients who remain in its care. 

We have requested the Department to share the report with us, and we will comment, if necessary, once we have been able to review it.

Issued on behalf of:                          For more information, contact:

Life Healthcare                                   Ogilvy South Africa

Tanya Lowth                                       Mpumi Mavi

Tel: +27 11 219 9752                         Tel: +27 71 287 6606                    




About Life Healthcare Group

Life Healthcare is a global people-centred, diversified healthcare organisation listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Life Healthcare has over 40 years’ experience in the South African private healthcare sector, and currently operates 64 healthcare facilities in southern Africa. Services include acute hospital care, acute physical rehabilitation, acute mental healthcare, renal dialysis, oncology, diagnostic and molecular imaging and health risk management services which include occupational health and wellness services. The Group also owns Life Molecular Imaging, a radiopharmaceutical business dedicated to developing and globally commercialising innovative molecular imaging agents for use in PET-CT diagnostics to detect specific diseases. Visit: |


About Nkanyisa Recovery Centre NPC

Nkanyisa Recovery Centre is registered at the National Department of Social Development as Nkanyisa Recovery Centre non-profit company (NPC). Life Healthcare, acts in its capacity as a service provider to Nkanyisa Recovery Centre NPC. Nkanyisa Recovery Centre NPC has been contracted by Gauteng Department of Social Development (GDSD) to deliver recovery healthcare services for state substance abusers for the past 8 years with about 4,800 persons benefiting from the GDSD-funded programme each year.  The Centre is registered for 750 beds and can accommodate 750 service users at any given point and has two sites in Gauteng located in Witpoort and Randfontein. The Centre provides a six-week in-patient treatment programme and a halfway house programme.