South Africa’s top-rated employee wellness program

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What is an Employee Wellness Program?

Employees are more likely to be healthy and productive employees if their workplace has an employee wellness program. A recent survey reveals that over 70% of South Africa workers suffer from stress or chronic conditions at work, which costs companies 35% in productivity loss. This is due largely because they don’t take care of themselves properly while on the clock. Studies show it takes employers about 50 minutes each day just for these sorts things like eating lunch (a break) so you have plenty left over do spend time with your family and friends.
This can all change though since there’s been such amazing growth within another industry. Employee wellness programs helps in taking care of physical and mental health of employees without coming in the way of work.

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Top Employee Wellness Programs in South Africa

Corporates in the South Africa have started signing up for physical wellness programs as well. These activities include chronic disease management, nutrition counseling and smoking cessation among others to ensure that their employees are not only healthy but also happy at work. Below is the list of some of the top wellness programs run by businesses in South Africa.

Mental Health Counseling

There are many benefits to mental health counseling for employees in the South Africa. It can reduce stress and anxiety, develop more mindfulness (the ability not be so preoccupied), promote better sleep habits – just some examples on how therapy or EAP programs help companies run successful employee assistance sessions.

Physical Therapy

The number of employees in South Africa who are experiencing physical pain is staggering. Companies offer Physical therapy programs where they provide a personal online physiotherapist to the worker for healthcare needs outside work hours or at home through video conferencing services which can be accessed on an employee’s smartphone app.

Yoga or Fitness Classes

Yoga and fitness classes are becoming quite popular in the South Africa. These sessions can be used to encourage employees at work, promote mental well-being for workers who might not get enough rest during their off hours or need some encouragement when it comes to staying active outside of normal business hours due nonstop deadlines.

Chronic disease management

A recent study found that over 25% of the workforce in South Africa has a chronic disease, and as many know hypertension and diabetes can be managed through lifestyle changes. Companies like Wal-Mart have started reversible programs for these disorders because they affect employee productivity along with wellbeing; it’s important to take care if you are affected by any type.

Women health (PCOS | Fertility)

The South Africa is home to a large female population and yet our country ranks near last in maternal mortality. The problem stems from a careless attitude towards women’s health care, such as PCOS or fertility treatment; but there are ways companies can help change this statistic through different programs that focus on their employees’ happiness while offering benefits like these above others.
Today we have seen more than ever before about how big an impact leadership has when it comes down providing equal opportunities across gender lines.


Telemedicine offers a cost-effective way to get care. With more affordable visits, telemedicine is on the rise in South Africa and small businesses are using this benefit as well.

Tobacco Cessation

When it comes to employee health, tobacco use is a serious issue. Tobacco can cause many different illnesses in both an individual’s body and also their productivity at work – which makes stopping all together well worth the risk for employers who want their employees healthy.

Weight Management

With an eye towards the future, weight management programs are designed to help employees achieve a healthy lifestyle. The benefits of these programs include increased productivity and reduced health risks for South Africa-based workers.

Meet MantraCare - Best employee wellness provider in South Africa

MantraCare is comprehensive and affordable, and fits the bill for both large and small businesses.  With our 10+ employee wellness programs, MantraCare is the only corporate wellness benefit program you will ever need:

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Online Therapy

Therapy  improves employee well-being by reducing stress and anxiety, developing more mindfulness, and promoting better sleep

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Physical therapy

Physical therapy programs  alleviate common pains such as back pain or neck, with help of online physical therapist.We provide different corporate exercise programs for your employees

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Weight Loss

Weight Control

Weight management programs specifically focus on helping employees achieve a healthy weight with a healthy body.

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Yoga & Fitness classes are a versatile tool that can address physical, mental, and social well-being. Encourage Yoga during the workday.

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Given their significant impact on employee productivity and wellbeing, several companies have started hypertension programs.

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Diabetes Reversal

Diabetes is a lifestyle disorder that can be cured via positive changes in diet and exercise routine. It affect over 25% of all workforce.

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Considering women make up nearly half of corporate workforce, it’s important for employers to focus on women’s health issues.

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Fitness classes do not necessarily need to be limited to physical fitness.  Guided meditation sessions are great ways to improve well-being.

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With tracking tools, social media features, educational resources, and gamification elements incentivizing users to stay active.

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Keep your employees healthy and productive & reduce healthcare costs and absenteeism with our employees fitness programs.

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MantraCare Employee Wellness Program Benefits

Most of our clients in South Africa achieved a positive ROI on their employee health investment. We helped them make healthier and happier workplaces, leading to improved employee productivity, improved employee morale, lower absenteeism & higher retention. 

Felt more equipped to manage stress
IT Company, South Africa
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Reported increase in productivity
FMCG Company, South Africa
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Saved due to turnover reduction
Hospitality Company, South Africa
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100+ Companies in South Africa Trust MantraCare

Employee Deepak Sethi

Mantra Care employee Wellness programs truly hold remarkable workshops for the employees of our office in South Africa. It is very easy to collaborate with them and their workshop was very productive. Our employees are very happy with the performance of Mantra and we are planning to collaborate with them on a frequent basis now.

Raphael, Senior VP HR

IT Services Company, South Africa

MantraCare has its presence in major cities in South Africa

  • Kinshasa
  • Lagos
  • Cairo
  • Giza
  • Johannesburg
  • Dar es Salaam
  • Alexandria
  • Abidjan
  • Nairobi
  • Cape Town
  • Casablanca
  • Accra
  • Ekurhuleni (East Rand)
  • Durban (eThekwini)
  • Tshwane (Pretoria)
  • Algiers
  • Kumasi
  • Tripoli
  • Addis Ababa
  • Kano

Top EAP providers or Corporate Wellness companies in South Africa

South Africa has hundreds of corporate wellness providers. Below is a list of some of the top employee wellness companies in South Africa:


Offers a comprehensive and affordable program with mental health, smoking cessation, diabetes reversal, physio therapy & more. Their plans start at $20 per employee for companies in South Africa.

Calibre Clinical Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Work hand in hand as one of the African continent’s leading Employee Wellness Service(s) (EWS) providers.

ICAS Southern Africa

ICAS Southern Africa is part of ICAS International (Independent Counselling and Advisory Services, a division of AXA PPP) the world’s leading provider of behavioural risk management services to the business community.

Khiniza and Partners (Pty) Ltd

Khiniza and Partners is a registered Employee Health and Wellness Service Provider which was found in 2017 and currently based in Pretoria

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Frequently Asked Question's

EAP or Employee Assistance Program is a scheme offered by companies in South Africa to help workers with personal problems, such as personal or work-related issues. EAP programs typically offer employees free access to assessments and counseling.

EAPs in South Africa are focused primarily on mental health and stress issues, which are solved using counseling. Employee wellness programs, however, take a broader approach and address mental health, physical health as well as lifestyle issues. 

Several companies in South Africa have a dedicated member in the HR team who looks after employee assessment and support. Following steps are following in designing a wellness program:

  1. Step 1: Conduct Assessments.
  2. Step 2: Get Management Support. 
  3. Step 3: Build a Wellness Committee.
  4. Step 4: Promote Goals and Objectives.
  5. Step 5: Establish a Budget. 
  6. Step 6: Select Wellness Program Incentives or Rewards. …
  7. Step 8: Communicate the Wellness Plan.

Based on a poll with different companies in South Africa, large companies (>1000 employees) spend over $200 per employee per month on employee wellness and health benefits. Smaller companies in South Africa, on the other hand, spend around $60 per employee per month. 

The wellbeing of your employees ultimately affects your workplace and business performance. Following are some of the costs that a typical large company in South Africa may incur due to wellness and health issues (based on Mercer data):

High Turnover: Employee attrition costs 90%–200% of a departing employee’s salary

High Absenteeism: 78% of employees miss work due to mental health concerns

Lost Productivity: Productivity losses linked to absenteeism & turnover cost ~$2,000 per employee.

Comparing this $2,000 loss with the $200 wellness spend per employee, the ROI seems to be great for employers in South Africa. 

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