The Arthritis Foundation of South Africa

Achieving a better life for those with arthritis!


 Welcome to our Website!

This is the online home of the Arthritis Foundation of South Africa. Founded in 1973, the Arthritis Foundation is the only non-profit organisation in South Africa providing non-medical support for people with arthritis, their families and carers. It is entirely privately funded and aims to enable people with arthritis to live a valuable life in all its dimensions through increasing awareness, providing education and offering support.

As of 1st March 2018, National Office has moved to:

22nd Floor, 

ABSA Building, 

Riebeeck St, 

Cape Town. 

Our telephones are not yet connected but in the meantime you can reach us by calling 072 565 0081. Watch this space to find out when our telephones have been reconnected. Numbers will remain the same.


For event details in your area contact one of our branches. There are regular talks, support group meetings and special events on awareness days throughout the year. 

The next Awareness Day is Rheumatoid Arthritis Day on 24th March 2018, and most branches will be holding special events on or near that date. Do give your branch a ring.


We apologise for the late delivery of the summer edition of our magazine. Due to a cascade of technical  problems the national office was offline for more than three weeks before our move, and we were only able to print the labels for posting your copy today, from our new premises. Thank you to the team from Complete Office Solutions!

Look out for the magazine in your postbox during the course of next week.


Check your medications 

Make sure you are not taking too many different medications at the same time. Sometimes a doctor will change your medication but not cancel your old prescription. Always check with your doctor, clinician or pharmacist that your previous prescription has been cancelled.

 Not happy with the service from your medical service provider, hospital or medical scheme? Click here to find out what to do. 


How to search for what you want on our site:

When searching our site, you only need to enter a relevant word relating to your search e.g. if you are searching for "rheumatoid arthritis", only enter  "rheumatoid".