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DENOSA in Gauteng held its three-day provincial congress at Shumba Valley Lodge from 28 to 30 November 2018.  

DENOSA Gauteng Congress enters Day Three 

 
The congress was addressed by MEC of Health in Gauteng, Dr Gwen Ramakgopa, who addressed delegates on the state of healthcare in the province, as well as message of support from the Provincial Secretary of the SACP, Jacob Mamabolo. 
 
The key address was delivered by DENOSA President, Simon Hlungwani, who called on unity of purpose in the organisation. He also urged regions and locals to keep to basics and revive their vibrancy at institutions as a first step towards being a great organisation. 
 
DR Ramokgopa acknowledged that the challenges in the province have been too much for the budget allocated to the Department each year, a phenomenon that she blames on the great recession of 2009 where money was diverted from the healthcare services to other parts of services as investment. She also blames this diversion on the treatment of healthcare by economists as a consumption instead of being an investment.
 
But with the new dawn under President Cyril Ramaphosa, Dr Ramokgopa says signs are showing a turn-around from this, as witnessed in the recent announcement by the President of the country's economic stimulus package.  
 
DR Ramokgopa said the on-going challenges in the healthcare need the pay-back of the monies that were previously diverted to other services. 
 
She also encouraged nurses to keep on doing the right thing in the workplace, because the results of their work show good outcomes. 
 
She announced at the congress that Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital is the second-best hospital in the world while Steve Biko Academic Hospital is the Best Hospital in the country in terms of quality healthcare. 
 
She apportioned this success to the hard work that nurses continue to put in every day. 
 
DENOSA President encouraged nurses to continue with the good work and not be discouraged by negative perception in the media. 
 
SACP Provincial Secretary, Jacob Mamabolo, said DENOSA should keep on doing things right as many unions are struggling to keep stability in their ranks. He warned DENOSA about the many challenges that lay ahead for progressive forces, many of which are allowed by laxity of the government of the day.
 
He warned the capitalists against pursuing the 4th Industrial Revolution agenda on the basis of increasing profit, saying Karl Marx teachings warn communists that capitalist system has a tendency of bringing more problems to what it thinks are solutions. 
 
He spelled it out that the machinery that is replacing workers will not be cheated when it needs maintenance, oil and services.
 
The congress will announce new leadership on day three before closure. 
 
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