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Life Healthcare has operated hospitals for more than 25 years. Over this time we have grown through acquisitions and the construction of new hospitals during the 1980s and early 1990s, a period during which the South African private hospital industry was characterised by expansion and fragmentation. Our next growth phase in the late 1990s and early 2000s coincided with a period of consolidation in the South African private hospital industry.

Important events in the history of our company include the following:

  • Opened 80 bed Life Glynnview mental healthcare unit in Benoni.
  • New renal unit at Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town.
  • Increased shareholding in Life Midmed from 45% to 57%.
  • Listed on JSE Limited main board.
  • Acquired Life Bay View Private Hospital in Mossel Bay.
  • Built Life Orthopaedic Hospital and Life Beacon Bay Hospital.
  • Established first two dedicated acute paediatric rehabilitation units.
  • Acquired remaining 45% stake in Life Esidimeni.
  • Built Life Fourways Hospital.
  • Delisted and sold to private consortium led by Brimstone and Mvelaphanda. Changed name from Afrox Healthcare to Life Healthcare.
  • From 2004 until 2008, operated a UK business, Partnership Health Group (PHG), a 50-50 joint venture with healthcare services company, Care UK Plc. Built and operated independent sector treatment centres on behalf of the UK National Health Service.
  • Acquired Amahosp Group, comprising four hospitals and healthcare facilities in Durban.
  • Launched chronic renal dialysis business, and continued expanding through the establishment of renal units across Johannesburg and in East London.
  • Acquired Presmed hospital group, comprising 38 hospitals and healthcare facilities, in a transaction structured as a merger and reverse listing on the JSE.
  • Acquired 55% of Lifecare (now Life Esidimeni), and established a public private partnership with the South African government.
  • Acquired Port Elizabeth Hospital Group.
  • Expanded into chronic mental healthcare with a facility in Port Elizabeth, and subsequently established mental health treatment facilities in East London, Johannesburg and Durban.
  • Opened first acute physical and cognitive rehabilitation unit for patients recovering from severe trauma and neurological insult. Business expanded over the next decade through the establishment of additional rehabilitation units at hospitals in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Durban, Pretoria and East London.
  • Acquired Afrox Occupational Health Care, and launched occupational healthcare business.
  • Established first operation outside of South Africa, with the acquisition of the Gaborone Hospital in Botswana.
  • Group founded as the hospitals division of African Oxygen Limited (Afrox), with the acquisition from the Ammed Group of four hospitals.