South Africa was the second market outside the UK into which Smith & Nephew ventured
Since 1931 our headquarters have been in the harbour city of Durban where a manufacturing plant opened in 1955.
We chose not to disinvest during the turbulent apartheid years but stayed and made a difference, training black surgeons, other healthcare professionals and building Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (a government initiative to distribute wealth across as broad a spectrum of South African society as possible).
Consistent with our ethical practices, the training we undertake is geared to meet skill gaps in the industry, build expertise and help healthcare professionals to use our products safely and effectively. We are honest and straight forward and do what we say. After more than 80 years in South Africa, we continue to build lasting and close relationships with our customers, and the communities in which we operate.
In 2001 Smith & Nephew South Africa aligned itself with the global repositioning as a high-technology medical device company and divested its consumer and commodity healthcare business. Our biggest distribution site is in the economic powerhouse of Johannesburg and we have six regional offices