COVID Alert SA is South Africa’s official COVID-19 exposure notification system and has been available for free to all South Africans on both the Android and iOS mobile operating platforms. The system was developed by the National Department of Health with the support of Discovery Health, during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic when contact tracing was a critical feature of the pandemic response.

The system provides the following benefits:

  • Understand COVID 19 exposure risk through rapid notification of potential exposure to other users who have tested positive for COVID 19 without revealing identity to them
  • Early self-quarantine to help curb the further spread of the virus. COVID Alert SA also guides you to monitor your symptoms and access healthcare if you need it
  • Keep families and communities safe from COVID‑19 – particularly those who are considered to be in the high-risk category for severe illness if they contract COVID‑19 (such as those who live with chronic illness, who are immunocompromised, cancer survivors and people older than 60)
  • Contribute to avoiding a resurgence of COVID‑19 in South Africa, protecting South Africa’s healthcare services and vulnerable people, and ending the pandemic

A detailed set of questions and answers is available at