COSATU-aligned public service unions call on Government to increase its offer...

24 March 2015

The seven COSATU Public Service unions, namely NEHAWU, SADTU, POPCRU, DENOSA, SAMA, SASAWU and PAWUSA, together with other unions admitted in the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) submitted demands to the employer on 30th September 2014. Our demands included, amongst others:

  • 15% salary increase for all employees
  • A single – term agreement
  • R3000.00 housing allowance in the absence of a Government Employees Housing Scheme (GEHS) which must be delinked from each spouse employed in the public service
  • 10 leave working days for parents with children with disabilities
  • Bursary Scheme for government employees’ children

These negotiations have been very slow as a result of employer delaying tactics. The current agreement expires on the 31 March 2015 therefore we are left with literally 6 (six) days to its expiry.

The parties at the PSCBC agreed during the pre-negotiations process that the base from which the negotiations will start from will be 5,8%, based on the year-on-year CPI of the 2013/14 Financial Year. The employer tabled their opening bid as 5% increase which was against the spirit of the pre-negotiations meeting. Labour rejected their initial offer on the basis that the employer was reneging on the undertaking of the pre-negotiations process. They later came with a proposal of 5,8% salary increase across the board for the Financial year 2015/16 within a multi-term agreement of 3 (three) years.

On the 3rd of March 2015, labour moved from 15% salary increase across the board to a 10% increase and moved from R3000.00 housing allowance to R1500.00. We were shocked and disturbed when the employer reversed its offer to 4,8% claiming that it was a projected average CPI for the 2015/16 financial year.

After much delay from the employer the negotiations came to a halt in the early hours of Monday 23 March 2015. The meeting went on until 02h30 in the morning with Labour insisting on negotiating for a better deal, an approach that was met with an arrogant and intransigent attitude of the employer. The employer came back and increased their meagre 4,8% offer with a shameful 0,2 to make it 5% for the current  Financial Year and CPI plus 0,5% in the following two Financial Years. Labour rejected that offer.

It was then agreed in Council that the employer must go back to its principals for a revised and a better offer as Labour is still on 10% increase across the board. Parties to the PSCBC will meet again on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 to continue with the negotiations.

It must be noted that Labour is fully committed to engage the employer seven days a week until the settlement is reached. At the same time, as Labour, we will be engaging with our members to comprehensively engage with them on what is transpiring in the negotiations.

We further call on government to show the same commitment to this process.


SADTU Deputy General Secretary -  Nkosana Dolopi  082 709 5651


POPCRU First Deputy President - Nkosinathi Mabhida  082 820 6078

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DENOSA Gauteng appalled by burning of yet another clinic by community members...

Media statement


Thursday 19 March 2018


The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Gauteng would like to register its shock at the suicidal action of burning down of a clinic in Tembisa by community members all because the so-called Red Ants disconnected electricity in their area.


As a show of frustration, community members set the clinic alight and damaged the library next to it.


This ill-informed and counter-productive decision is not the first incident in the province. Not long ago, community members in Bronkhorspruit did a similar act when they demanded another service in their area.


DENOSA feels this decision equals to an act sacrificing the sick and critical community members for the cause of struggle for electricity, which is a cruel and heartless decision that cannot be condoned.


DENOSA appeals to community leaders to show leadership and discourage any act that may prove counter-productive to the same community. Sick people will have to be taken to far away health facilities where they will have to prolong the already long queues in such communities, with the shortage of nurses being rife in many health facilities. Some critical patients may end up dying while being taken to the facilities.


The dear is that if this strange behaviour is allowed, the community members may proceed in demolishing other amenities tomorrow, because they are demanding a clinic.




Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) Gauteng

For more information, contact:

Simphiwe Gada, DENOSA Chairperson in Gauteng

Mobile: 079 501 4869 / 082 741 6983


Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager

Mobile: 079 875 2663

Tel: 012 343 2315



Facebook: DENOSA National Page



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DENOSA message on the untimely death of Minister Collins Chabane...

Media statement

Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) is saddened to learn of the untimely death of Minister of Public Service and Administration, Collins Chabane early this morning.

As a senior Minister in the fifth term of the democratic government, he was a dedicated and a minister with unique qualities and a great sense of emotional intelligence, characterised by his calmness and objectivity on matters of heated debates.

His untimely death comes at the time when his department, as the employer of public servants, was busy engaged in wage negotiations with public sector unions on improvement of working conditions for government employees for implementation on 1 April 2015.

His contribution to the realisation of democracy for ordinary South Africans has left many positive trails in government, starting with the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation which he set up.  

DENOSA conveys its sincere condolences to the Chabane family, the Department of Public Service and Administration staff, the whole of government and the ANC. May his Soul Rest in Peace.

DENOSA also sends its condolences to the families of two of his bodyguards who also died in the accident.

“The nation will remember him for the sterling job he has done by leading the team that organized a memorable funeral of the late President Mandela. While his death comes midway through the negotiations, just like Minister Roy Padayache did in the previous negotiations, we hope all parties fulfil his wish and commitment that the negotiations do not result in a deadlock and a strike,” says DENOSA President, Simon Hlungwani.    


Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)

For more information, contact:

Simon Hlungwani, DENOSA President

Mobile: 079 501 4922



Facebook: DENOSA National Page



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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