DENOSA 7th National Congress from 30, 31 (October) and 01 November 2014 at Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg ...

MEDIA INVITATION  

 

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) will be holding its three-day 7th National Congress from the 30th, 31st of October to the 1st of November at Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg, in Ekurhuleni, under the theme: “Advancing unity for nurses”.

 

The National Congress is the highest decision-making structure of DENOSA and it meets once every four years where the organisation’s strategic direction for the next four years is paved and where leadership that will lead the organisation for the next four years will be elected.

 

The Guest Speakers to address the more than 600 delegates on the first and last days of the DENOSA Congress will include leaders from COSATU, the ANC, SACP, Government, Department of Health, regulatory body for nursing in South Africa (South African Nursing Council – SANC) and guests from international health organisations.   

 

Deliberations at the congress will centre around health matters in general and state of nursing in particular and the role that nurses must play in advancing the concept of Universal Health Coverage, which is a global health agenda as envisaged and committed to by nations of the world locally, regionally and internationally.

 

The congress will take place in the background where South Africa prepares to move into second gear in the implementation of NHI, as well as achieving the health targets as outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP).

 

This is the gathering of the category that makes up majority health professionals in both the country and the world, and their reflections on the current state of health in the country and where it should be, in the presence of many heads of nursing within government, is the most relevant platform.        

 

Members of the media are cordially invited to the first and third days of the Congress and report.

 

For media accreditation processes and ease of entrance to the conference venue, media representatives are requested to RSVP to DENOSA Communications Manager, Sibongiseni Delihlazo at least by 20 October 2014 by making use of the following contact details: 

 

Email: sibongisenid@denosa.org.za or delihlazo06@gmail.com

Mobile: 079 875 2663

Tel: 012 343 2315

Twitter: @DENOSAORG

Facebook: DENOSA National Page 

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DENOSA congratulates its first President on her bestowal of honorary doctorate by UNISA last night ...

Media statement

Wednesday, 15 October 2015  

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) congratulates its first President, Professor Nomusa Philda Nzimande as she was bestowed with an honorary doctorate degree by the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria last night for her outstanding work of transforming the nursing profession in South Africa, Africa and internationally.

Professor Nzimande is the co-founder of DENOSA and she was elected as President of the organisation when it was formed on 05 December 1996. Present at the ceremony last night at her graduation was a delegation from DENOSA led by current President, Dorothy Matebeni, 1st Deputy President, Professor Olga Makhubela-Nkondo, 2nd Deputy President, Thandeka Msibi, General Secretary, Thembeka Gwagwa, Deputy General Secretary, David Makhombe, and Dr Daphney Conco. 

Also present were representatives from the South African Nursing Council (SANC), Tendani Maduba and Dr Sipho Mkhize, as well as the Chief Nursing Officer, Dr Nonhlanhla Makhanya.

DENOSA General Secretary, Thembeka Gwagwa, who worked closely with Professor Nzimande during the consultation processes with nursing associations of former homelands which eventually dissolved in favour of one nursing organisation (DENOSA), said the bestowal speaks volumes about Professor Nzimande’s selflessness and commitment to seeing a continuous improvement of both nursing education and practice for the benefit of communities locally, regionally and internationally.

“This also highlights the significant role that nursing, generally, plays in humanity which we think it’s not getting the necessary recognition at this stage. We hope these success stories will be able to tell a story about the role of nursing in building humanity,” she said.

Throughout her career, Prof Nzimande has consistently pioneered advancement and community work. As a working health practitioner for many years, and later as an academic and motivator of her colleagues, she has consistently championed the cause of public health care, practitioner development and the mammoth task of sector transformation.

DENOSA is honoured to have had Professor Nzimande as its president, and that the time she was our president was at the time that the country’s nursing profession needed to be led by people with great qualities such as hers.  

She has served in many key health structures locally, in the region and in other parts of the world. In 1989 she became a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honours Society for Nursing Alpha Lambda Chapter at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Among many roles of uniting nurses and the profession, in 1993 she served as a national facilitator on the steering committee for Nurses Unity. In 1997 she was appointed by Minister of Health to represent nurses by serving on the South African Interim Medical and Dental Council. Since 1998, she has been a member of the American Public Health Association.  

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For more information, contact:

DENOSA General Secretary, Thembeka Gwagwa

Or

Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager

Mobile: 079 875 2663

Tel: 012 343 2315

Emailsibongisenid@denosa.org.za

Websitewww.denosa.org.za

Facebook: DENOSA National Page

Twitter: @DENOSAORG

 

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DENOSA concerned by remark made by Finance Minister regarding 2015 wage negotiations...

Media statement

Monday, 13 October 2014

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) would like to register its serious concern in the remark attributed to Finance Minister, Honourable Nhlanhla Nene, over the weekend at the World Bank-IMF meeting in the US wherein he is reported to have remarked that a public wage increase of more than 1% of inflation would be at the cost of jobs.

Minister is quoted in today’s Business Day as having said: “I have always been saying that if we settle for anything more than 1% above inflation (at public sector wage talks), that will compromise the headcount. We are committed to maintaining a moderate increase in headcount, but also in the wages.” 

If this is true, Minister’s remark is regrettable and may incite panic and anger among public servants, as it is equal to muddying the waters well before government tables its offer on the formal negotiating tables. Government wage negotiations and conditions of service have begun between public service labour unions and government as of early this month at the Public Sector Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC). 

This remark by minister who, arguably, will have a final say on what government offers its employees as a wage adjustment for 2015 may in a negative way harden the attitude of workers who for quite a while have been questioning the respect that the established collective bargaining exercise commands in the eyes of employers. 

And remarks by affected ministers like Finance Minister, which are uttered outside of the bargaining chambers, give credence to these question marks. In fact, DENOSA feels that the minister is negotiating a wage increase via the media when the formal negotiations are currently underway at the bargaining Council.    

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

For more information, contact:

Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager

Mobile: 079 875 2663

Tel: 012 343 2315

Email: sibongisenid@denosa.org.za

Website: www.denosa.org.za

Facebook: DENOSA National Page

Twitter: @DENOSAORG 

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10 REASONS WHY NURSES DESERVE 100% SALARY INCREMENT...

10 REASONS WHY NURSES DESERVE 100% SALARY INCREMENT:

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.

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