DENOSA President, Simon Hlungwani (with the mic) congratulates the newly-elected DENOSA Student Movement National Chairperson, Thabiso Molusi together with his other leaders in the front row while provincial leaders in the back row, who serve in the National Executive Committee look on.
The 5TH DENOSA Student Movement congress which was held at Bundu Lodge in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, from 4 to 6 August concluded on 6 August after deliberations and elections of new leadership.
Over 137 voting delegates from all provinces’ nursing education institutions converged to deliberate on nurse education and conditions that student nurses are exposed to at both institutions of learning and in the practice.
The newly-elected national office bearers are:
National Chairperson: Thabiso Molusi from Northern Cape
1st Deputy Chairperson: Khulekani Selabi from Mpumalanga
2nd Deputy Chairperson: Mziwoxolo Qotoyi from Western Cape
National Secretary: Yomelela Mnqabashe from Eastern Cape
Deputy National Secretary: Katlego Diatshwana from North West
National Organiser: Lebogang Makoana from Limpopo
Prior to the elections, the congress held discussions in break-away commissions namely: Nursing Education, Organisational Development, International Relations and Political commissions.
Delivering his political report for the congress before elections were held, DENOSA Student Movement National Chairperson, Tshepo Monoketsi, said the country was on the low in many respects. "South Africa has experienced a downgrade as a country. Furthermore we have had two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth, or technical recession,” he said.
“There is a debate about this as a country on what this technical recession. But what we’ve come to know of it is that we've got a mean potential economic growth, which is not likely to create job opportunities anytime in future. That is and should be concerning to every young person whose prospects of getting a job in SA are highly dependent on the country’s economic growth. This is because majority young South Africans are unemployed. Even more concerning is that within nursing itself, nursing cadres who have completed their studies are sitting at home and not working, despite the severe shortage of nurses in the country.”
He also touched on the issue of crime, and the house break-ins in our country which take away peace and stability from people and their homes. “There is also an increase in cases of racism. There are also challenges with our state-owned-entities. There is also an emergence of killing of women. We cannot allow it to happen while we are there.”
“Let's take this opportunity to pay tribute to heroes who have passed in since previous our congress at Bolivia Lodge. We are going to say 'Aluta continua' against those who are allergic to transforming the nursing profession and regulatory body SANC, against nurse managers who continue to exploit community nurses for making them work for free despite Section 40 of the Nursing Act which says they should be remunerated. We should be saying the struggle must continue against SANC for punishing all students for leaked examination papers, which is more like one of us stealing a candy and the whole SA would be arrested because someone stole the sweets.
National Secretary, Nkululeko Mapaila, delivered the organizational report at the congress.
He highlighted the need for unity of students for their struggle to be achieved and poses the question: is every student nurse a member of the DENOSA Student Movement?
He mentions the number of challenges that the nursing profession and student nurses have continued to plague nursing and nurses.
On the triple challenge on unemployment, poverty and inequality, he mentioned the need to deal with the unemployment rate in spite of the greatest shortage of nurses in South Africa. He mentions the recent study done by the regulatory body SANC which showed that the lower category nursing cadres are the hardest hit by unemployment in South Africa yet their service is greatly need by communities.
He applauded the matric Class of 2016 whose results showed great and market improvement.
He highlights the #FeesMustFall struggle as the anchor and necessary one for quality education.