DENOSA Mpumalanga 8th Provincial Congress Declaration
“Revitalizing Organisational Unity and Cohesion to Advance Member Servicing”
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Mpumalanga hosted a successful 8th Provincial Congress at Nomndeni Lodges in Mbombela on the 21 - 23 November 2018 with 111 delegates representing all six Regions and Learner Movement in the province, graced by the presence of DENOSA President Comrade Simon Hlungwani, DENOSA National Treasurer Cde Cookie Nkambule and our Alliance partners.
The Congress received messages of support from the liberation movement, represented by the Acting Provincial Secretary Cde Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, COSATU by the Provincial Secretary Cde David Mokoena, SANCO by PEC member Cde Phakamile Thwala and SACP by Provincial Chairperson Cde Lucky Mbuyane. The congress was also addressed by the MEC of Health in Mpumalanga MPL Hon. Sasekani Manzini.
The congress convened under the theme: “Revitalization Organisational Unity and Cohesion to Advance Member Servicing”.
The congress paid tribute to all fallen Nurses, heroes and heroines for the period under review.
ON POLITICAL MATTERS:
The congress joins the liberation alliance and all progressive formations in the celebration of the 100 years for the struggle icon, our first democratically elected former President, Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu. Today, South Africa is a better place because of the tremendous work done by this selfless and internationalist cadres. We commit to continue to live their legacy of selflessness, caring for the marginalised and internationalism. We are however concerned about the isolation of their revolutionary character from the movement and claimed by neo-liberals and even those who listed them as part of the terrorists and willing to deliver lectures. Therefore the congress reaffirm the last congress resolution to hold Political classes to all DENOSA leaders.
Reconfiguration of the Alliance:
The Congress notes with concern the outdated modes-operandi of the liberation alliance. We thus resolve that the alliance must truly become the vehicle and political centre of power in all decision making. We cannot celebrate the non-effectiveness of this liberation movement in dealing with issues which affect the workers and working class as a whole.
We believe that the time for the reconfiguration alliance is now, taking note of the existing objective conditions dictates such. As part of reconfiguring, we need a strong, campaigning and radical alliance that must continue to be beacon of hope for the destitute masses of our people not only towards elections. The Alliance must be able to assert itself as a source of solutions to the challenges facing the society. The congress therefore resolves that reconfiguration of the alliance is the only way forward.
2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS:
The congress notes the looming tough 2019 General Elections and calls on the alliance to close ranks, unite in all levels and develop a common approach towards a landslide victory for the alliance. The processes leading to the elections need to be done on the basis of a reconfigured alliance in respect to the fact that, all alliance structures are equals.
In line with the recent Alliance Political Council resolutions especially on election campaign. We commit to work collectively with all alliance structures to consolidate workers vote and assist with our financial resources towards ANC-led Alliance victory in the 2019 elections.
The Congress also resolve that all DENOSA members to join the ANC and the SACP and be members in good standing.
The Congress reaffirm that COSATU is the only federation that is relevant in leading all workers in the country, we further believe that DENOSA must play a critical role in the federation informed by the ideological character and believe that a worker organised outside COSATU is not organised.
The congress also reaffirm in supporting all COSATU campaigns like against burning of E-tolls, VAT increase, petrol increase, free education, restructuring in the work place and minimum wage agreement.
Health and Safety of Workers:
We are deeply concerned about the number of workers who lose their lives at the workplace. The workplace must comply with adequate security and safety standards. We are further disappointed by the failure of the Human Rights Commission to intervene on behalf of vulnerable workers like domestic and farm workers.
National Health Insurance (NHI)
Congress resolves that NHI is no longer an option for South Africans, but rather a need. The declining state of healthcare in the country and the province in particular are evidence of the desperate need for universal health care coverage the National Health Insurance in our lifetime.
Programs must be in place to ensure that NHI is more visible on the ground through the building of public hospitals as well as more investment into medical equipment and medication.
The MEC of Health in Mpumalanga must lead the campaign of making sure that NHI is implemented as soon as possible.
Mental Health Institutions:
The Congress resolved that the Department of Health must fast track the issue of building Mental Health Institutions in the province to increase our Socio – Economic status as we pay lot of money to other provinces like Gauteng and KZN to provide us with the Mental Health Care services.
Forth Industrial Revolution:
The congress noted the lagging behind of health sector in embracing 4th Industrial Revolution which could be assisting in curbing the disastrous outcomes that are brought about by our porous borders, where syndicates from outside target SA health institutions near the borders and drain medication by visiting many facilities faking the same illness and thus get batches of medication, only to sell those in their countries.
On Land Restitution:
Land Restitution is one of the key issues since South Africa achieved democracy in 1994 and such an overview of what has been achieved since the promulgation of restitution of the Land Right Act 22 is significant. We support the call for land expropriation without compensation however this must benefit farm labour tenants and workers.
On VAT and Fuel Hikes:
The working class should not be on the receiving-end of socio-economic issues which affects them directly because of the conspicuous consumption advanced by the former President Zuma administration. The VAT increase will make the Tax regime more regressive and standards to exacerbate to unacceptable high levels of poverty and inequality.
We condemn with contempt it deserves and reject the VAT and Fuel hikes in the manner which has hit hard to the working class and the poor. The Treasury must expand the zero rating categories to include more items commonly used by low-income groups, with particular the needs of women and children.
ON PROFESSIONAL MATTERS:
This Congress resolve that the South African Nursing Council (SANC) must urgently decentralize SANC Offices to all provinces and they must monitor the accredited nursing schools and universities to ensure compliance and the quality of nursing education they provide for better patient care of this country.
SANC to provide nurses with distinguishing devices as nurses pay subscriptions per annum without any benefit from them.
The Congress resolve that DENOSA Mpumalanga must host the Nurses Symposium with different relevant stakeholders before the implementation of the New SANC Curriculum.
The Congress resolve that all Nurses in the province must stop doing Non – Nursing duties with immediate effect and only perform duties that they are employed for as outlined in their Scope of Practice
The Department of Health to speed up the process of Infrastructure for Compliance and accreditation by SANC. The Congress also resolved that the Department must reverse the Bursary system for student nurses at the Mpumalanga Nursing College back to Persal System with immediate effect. The department to fast track the issuing of Nurses Uniform to all Nurses in the country as its done to the Police, Traffic Officers and Correctional Services etc.
ON GENDER MATTERS:
The congress noted that females are more dominating in the organisation, therefore the succession planning must be there, and gender sensitivity must be at the centre of it and that gender analysis at leadership level with the organisation shows that women are taking the back seat despite females making up the majority membership of DENOSA.
The congress agrees that gender should be the top-of-mind agenda within the organisation, and that there is an increasing need to dismantle the many stereotypes and beliefs occupying many minds that women can’t lead.
ON ORGANISATIONAL ISSUES:
Building a strong, vibrant and campaigning DENOSA:
The congress resolve in championing the interests of all Nurses in the province, explore ways of retaining all members in DENOSA and that there is room to make sure all Nurses belong to DENOSA. To continue recruiting and organizing nurses. COSATU to start engagements about the recruitment of nurses to be under the banner of DENOSA through the one sector one union campaign.
This Congress thanked all the outgoing POBs and the entire PEC for the good work done since June 2014 to date. The new Provincial Office Bearers of DENOSA Mpumalanga to take the organisation in the province from today the 23 November 2018 until 2022 were elected as follows:
Provincial Chairperson : Cde Linah Jiyane
Deputy Provincial Chairperson : Cde Kenneth Lekhuleni
Provincial Treasurer : Cde Constance Mthombeni
Provincial Secretary : Cde Mzwandile Shongwe (Appointed)
For any enquiries, kindly contact the Provincial Secretary Mr Mzwandile Shongwe @
072 564 0136 or Provincial Organiser Mr Thulani Masombuka @ 083 567 1544 and 013 752 4942.