VAAL TRIANGLE - The Cabinet has called on healthy South Africans to donate blood to the South African National Blood Service (SANBS). Cabinet said in a statement that it is currently facing a severe shortage of blood. It said the SANBS has adopted extensive precautionary measures to ensure the safety of donors by thoroughly screening all persons accessing donor clinics. SANBS acting chief operations officer Marion Vermeulen says the Covid-19 pandemic has had a drastic impact on blood donations. According to Vermeulen, there's been a 45% reduction in the largest donor group aged between 16 and 25.