Dis-Chem is a leading retail pharmacy Group in South Africa with its head office based in Midrand, Gauteng. The Group was co-founded in 1978 by pharmacists, husband and wife Ivan and Lynette Saltzman, and follows a “Pharmacy First” approach.

The Group has grown into a well-established, desired brand amongst South African consumers underpinned by excellent customer service, product variety and our Everyday Low Price (“EDLP”) strategy. We pride ourselves in being a destination discount brand and target customers in the mid to upper Living Standards Measure (“LSM”) category


Dis-Chem’s retail segment comprises retail pharmacy stores, primary healthcare clinics, Baby City, Dis-Chem Direct, e-commerce and ancillary services. We offer our customers a wide variety of products and services at our everyday low prices.

Retail pharmacy stores

At the end of the financial period, the Group had a store base of 194 stores, including two Mediclinic pharmacies. Our store sizes range from 70m² to over 2 500m².


Average store size

Namibia 1 391 m²
South Africa 1 332 m² (excluding Mediclinic pharmacies)
Botswana 822 m²