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DENOSA KZN happy with outcomes of today’s special chamber meeting on ‘advertising versus translation’ of nurses in the province  

Media statement 

Thursday, 11 October 2018  


The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in KwaZulu-Natal is pleased with the outcomes of today’s special chamber meeting in the province whereby government acceded to our fair demands that enrolled nurses who have gone through bridging to become professional nurses be appointed (translated) as soon as positions are available in their institutions.

This outcome will benefit more than 1200 nurses in the province who are now professional nurses and have not been translated since 2016. DENOSA called for today’s special chamber meeting following difference of views with the provincial department on the treatment of enrolled nurses who have gone to school to upgrade their education and become professional nurses when a position becomes available. 

“The nurses who have qualified as professional nurses from being enrolled nurses have gone through the qualification in two ways: some have been funded by government to do bridging to become professional nurses; and others, who are in the majority, have funded their own study with the approval of the institutions,” explains DENOSA KZN Provincial Secretary, Mandla Shabangu. 

“With these professional nurses still working in their previous positions as enrolled nurses, but often get asked to perform certain duties as professional nurses from time to time, whenever positions of professional nurses become available, the department advertises such positions externally whereas there are nurses internally who have become professional nurses but have not yet been appointed. This is where we have been in disagreement with the department since 2016.”

But in today’s meeting at the chamber, all parties agreed to the following process going forward:

-          Whenever posts of professional nurses become available at institutions, nurses who have not been translated yet at such facilities will be given priority, starting with those whose studies have been funded by government and followed by those who have self-funded their studies; 

-          Any vacancies which have been advertised so far will be retracted and professional nurses who have not been translated at such institutions will be given preference; and 

-          This decision will be communicated with institutions as early as next week. 

DENOSA is pleased with this outcome as it ensures that fairness in the treatment of staff, as well as promotion of both skills and staff development in the workplace, are given priority. 

We regard this as a victory for workers. 


Issued by the DENOSA in KwaZulu-Natal 

For more information, contact:

Mandla Shabangu, DENOSA KZN Provincial Secretary 

Mobile: 071 643 3369 

Tel: 031 305 1417