Friday marks World Blood Donor Day. This is a global celebration of the millions of people throughout the world who donate blood on a voluntary, unpaid basis to save the lives of those in need.
South Africans are being encouraged to donate blood; this follows a serious shortage of blood stocks in the country.
The South African National Blood Services is appealing for people to donate blood due to the increasing number of road casualties during the festive season.
A Frenchman has filed a discrimination suit at Europe’s top rights court over a rule that requires gay men to refrain from having sex for a year before they donate blood, says his lawyer.