DENOSA North West demands immediate reinstatement of community service nurses in the province, or else…   ...

Media statement 
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 
DENOSA calls on Auditor-General to look into financial management within the department
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in North West condemns in the strongest possible term the last-minute withdrawal of all community service nurses in the province from work as of today, and demands their immediate reinstatement back to work or face the law. We will also take the matter to the streets if they don’t take us seriously. 
Yesterday, the provincial Department of Health notified all community service nurses (those professional nurses who have completed their four years of nursing studies the previous year) not to come to work today until the department has the money. 
DENOSA views this matter in the serious light as the consequences of the withdrawal of community service nurses in hospitals and clinics around the province will result in extremely high vacancy rates and compromised quality of patient care while they are sitting at home. Most concerning, the few nurses who remain in the health system will become the subjects of anger from community members as queues in facilities where these nurses were working will be longer and service will become slower. 
Health professionals are essential service workers, and therefore DENOSA demands that nurses be not the ones made to suffer for the poor planning of the Department Human Resource division. This means the Department’s HR never planned for these nurses who have been in government’s enrolment since they began studying.  
“Let those who have created the mess be the ones that sit at home, for they have nothing to do with caring for patients in our facilities in the first place. They must not transfer the consequences of their lethargy and poor performance to the most needed nurses in the healthcare system. It is out of order for nurses to bear the blunt of their uselessness in the department,” says DENOSA Provincial Secretary in North West, Oscar Phaka. 
Previously, the Department has sent letters to 70 community service nurses in the province instructing them not to come to work for the month of June. DENOSA raised alarms over this matter, but it appears that financial management inefficiency has gotten far worse than they have realised and want to chop all more than 300 community service nurses in the province. As matters seem to get worse by the day, DENOSA urges the Auditor-General to look into financial affairs of the department in the province before the far worst thing happens – closure of more critical areas of the department. 
If the Department does not reinstate these nurses as a matter of urgency, DENOSA will force it to do so via a court order. In the age of gross shortage of nurses in the country’s healthcare system, including North West, it is downright cruel for the Department to relegate nurses to sitting at home while long queues at healthcare facilities compromise the quality of health service to the people of the province. 
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in North West
For more information, contact:
Oscar Phaka, DENOSA Provincial Secretary in North West  
Mobile: 060 583 4691 
Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager
Mobile: 079 875 2663 
Facebook: DENOSA National Page 

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Friday, 26 June 2016

As COSATU public service unions at PSCBC, we have called this urgent media briefing to update you about the latest developments regarding the implementation of resolution 2 of 2015/2018 wage agreement. 

Previously, as organised labour at PSCBC, we informed the public of our immediate withdrawal from the public sector wage agreement that was agreed upon in May this year and subsequent withdrawal of our participation from all chambers, following government’s unilateral implementation of the 6.4% wage adjustment for public sector employees for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 contrary to the agreed 7% adjustment. 

This was in contravention of the agreement we had at PSCBC between labour and employer to wait for the legal opinion on the interpretation of the clause that government claimed it was enforcing from the previous wage agreement.  

However, late last night as labour unions at PSCBC we met with the employer, and in this meeting, the employer demonstrated willingness to forego their claim of clawing back the alleged overpayment of 0.6% emanating from the previous agreement. It has always been our position that the employer has no legitimate claim as the previous agreement had lapsed and we resolved as follows. 

7% is reinstated as agreed in Res. 2 of 2015

Employer will repay employees 0.6% that was deducted from their increase

All council and sector activities will resume 

The legal opinion sought by end of this month should be abandoned 

We will participate in all activities

As COSATU unions, we view this as a positive outcome in the nature of bargaining, which is characterised by a culture of give and take, and therefore we can live with it as a product of collective bargaining. 

Public service employees will henceforth be back-dated with the 0.6% that was not factored into as of April this year. 

As COSATU public service unions, we hereby announce our full participation back to PSCBC and chamber activities. 




For more information, contact:

Nkosinathi Mabhida (POPCRU Deputy President) at 082 820 6078


Michael Shingange (NEHAWU Deputy President) at 082 455 2485

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DENOSA urges health facilities to ensure sufficient water availability  ...

Media statement 
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 
Nurses’ work is compromised at KwaMhlanga Hospital as there has been no water for three weeks 
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) urges all health facilities in the country’s semi-rural areas to ensure that there is sufficient water and energy supply in their facilities for health professionals to be able to do their work properly and for patients to recover optimally.
The cut-off of water at KwaMhlanga Hospital in Mpumalanga is severely compromising the work of nurses and doctors in the facility, and we call upon all management of hospitals to avoid the occurrence or repeat of this in their facilities. Water has been cut off from the hospital for three weeks now, making the work of infection control at the facility a nightmare for health professionals. Nurses are forced by circumstances to treat patients interchangeably without washing their hands in-between, which compromises the quality of care given to patient. 
We issue this statement because water and health go hand-in-hand and one is not complete without the other. We are disturbed that as a result of water cut-off, kitchen personnel were only able to start preparing food for patients at 10h00 a few days ago instead of 06h00. This is another critical area that should not be compromised at all costs in a health facility. Nutrition plays a critical role in the recovery of patients. Patients must eat before taking medication, and this must happen very early in the morning. Equally, bathing patients in the morning is critical for their recovery.   
Disturbingly, there is a borehole at the facility, but it is not producing water. DENOSA urges all health facilities to ensure that their boreholes are operational so that they could assist in times of water cut-offs. 
DENOSA will engage in multilateral talks with key stakeholders in the affected area, including Chris Hani District Municipality as well as South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO), to ensure that a lasting solution is found around this problem. 
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)
For more information, contact:
Nhlanhla Dladla, DENOSA Provincial Organiser (for Mpumalanga perspective)
Mobile: 082 821 1471 
Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager (for a national perspective)
Mobile: 079 875 2663 
Facebook: DENOSA National Page
Twitter: @DENOSAORG 

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From Ntandane Nyebe, a nurse in Cape Town. 

As the backbone of any healthcare system in the world, it is my honest opinion that nurses deserve proper compensation for the hard work they put in in improving the health of South Africans. After all, nurses are the proverbial Alpha and Omega. The following 10 points are the reasons.    

1. We are short staffed- one person does a work that should have been done by 4 people.

2. We have gone through formal education, we have got degrees etc, we are accountable to a nurses' board, we got to be paid decent salaries like Pharmacists and doctors- YES.

3. The health institutions do not have enough of the unskilled workers e.g. porters and cleaners- Nurses are then forced to work as unkilled workers-on top of their scope of practice, when the need arises.

4. There are many instances where doctors go & do shopping at the malls when they are on call, or simply some institutions have shortage of doctors- when an emergency situation arises- a nurse does a work that was supposed to be done by the doctor to save the client. Same case when there no social workers- nurses must run around doing what was supposed to be done by a social worker.

5. We do a risky job - I've heard of many nurses & docs who died from contagious diseases- especially trauma staff.

6. The governing party admitted in 2011 that there is a dire shortage of nurses in SA, which means nursing is a scarce skill in SA and the last time I checked professionals with scarce skills were getting paid higher salaries in SA.

7. We work under bad conditions- institutions with no proper security, lack of proper equipment etc. But we always try and do our best to improvise for the benefit of the clients.

8. Nurses who go & work overseas they don't go there just for fun or to experience different culture- they leave because they feel they are being overlooked by Government in terms of salary- meanwhile SA loses specialised nurses with experience - Government who cares about its people would try and keep nurses by raising salaries.

9. We deserve better. Our Government can afford to increase our salaries by 100%. There is money in SA- we have seen structural developments in SA & they have been built by companies who have been paid millions and billions.

10. ANC Government promised to increase salary of Nurses when they were in Mangaung in 2012/13. 

I Thank You


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The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in its current form was established on 5 December 1996.

The organisation was formed through political consensus after the transition to democracy and was mandated by its membership to represent them and unite the nursing profession. Prior to this, the South African Nursing Council (SANC) and the South African Nurses Association (SANA) were statutory bodies which all nurses had to join. It was also important after the transition to democracy to incorp... Read more