About Us

The Wellness Council of South Africa (WELLCOSA) has built a well-designed, well-executed and sustainable certification framework, to drive engagement in workplace wellness and its guiding principles.

WELLCOSA Certification is necessary in order to improve employee well-being and create healthier organisational cultures. This Certification is accessible to companies of all sizes and it produces sustainable wellness outcomes, and includes positive recognition for employers.  Learn more about Healthy Workplaces.

Our Motto: “Weaving Healthy Workplaces



› Encourage and support the advancement of workplace health and well-being through a series of initiatives designed to increase learning and offer recognition as a healthy workplace.

Certify companies and organisations as they become role-models for Healthy Workplaces. This is achieved through adhering to and applying international benchmarks and practices regarding workplace wellness nationally and internationally.

› Recognise quality and excellence in workplace health promotion in South Africa through WELLCOSA’s flagship Awards Program.

› Assist business and health professionals to improve employee well-being and create healthier organisational cultures in the workplace.

› Help employers design and implement results-oriented wellness programs to maximise the health and productivity of their employees.

› Provide Training and Resources to keep your workforce healthy and productive and/or to help you implement a successful corporate wellness program.

Help Your Employees to Lead Healthier Lives  – apply and earn recognition as one of South Africa’s Healthiest Workplaces!


WELLCOSA Founder & Director: Dr Martin Combrinck

PhD (A.M): 2015. B SocSc (1986); Wellness Coach (2008); Laughter Yoga Professional (2007), Yoga Teacher Certificate (1996); Yoga Therapy Diploma (1999); Ayurveda Practitioner Certificate (1999).

Dr. Martin Combrinck (PhD) is a Corporate Wellness Architect: Involved in the Planning, Implementing and Sustaining of Workplace Wellness Programs.

For the past 3 years Martin has researched and developed workplace wellness standards and benchmarks all over the globe. WELLCOSA was founded in 2018 out of the need and necessity to certify companies as healthy workplaces in South Africa. 

Martin is known as the The Laughter Doctor in SA and he is a pioneer and advocate of Alternative Medicine and Personal Transformation. Dr. Martin lectures and teaches on mind-body wellness and workplace health solutions – nationally and internationally.

His background in workplaces wellness started in the early 90’s through his wellness company Sanga Wellness. His focus shifted from delivering wellness solutions to wellness consulting – helping companies to implement successful workplace wellness programs.

Martin challenges people’s limited beliefs and self-imposed restrictions and assists them in breaking free! He uses Laughter Therapy as the tool to educate people that joyousness and wellness is a conscious choice for each and every individual.

His values are: Integrity, trust, helping others awakening their true potential, living in the moment, commitment, spirituality and self-awakening.