DENOSA Student Movement in Mpumalanga held its 6th Provincial Congress in Mbombela from 10 to 11 April.
The congress saw 43 delegates descending on Mbombela to deliberate on critical nursing issues that confront the nursing education as well as challenges that students are faced with on both clinical and learning settings.
The congress was addressed by various speakers from alliance formations who delivered key messages of support, namely MEC of Health, COSATU Young Workers Forum, ANCYL, and YCLSA.
DENOSA Mpumalanga Provincial Deputy Chairperson, Keneth Lekhubeni, urged students under the banner of DENOSA to be a united forces so that all the gains that the profession has earned can be protected.
He urged students to be part of DENOSA in the province which is opposed to performing of non-nursing duties by nurses.
DENOSA Student Movement National 1st Deputy Chairperson, Khulani Silabi, stressed the importance of unity among students as an anchor to getting wins to the struggle in nursing education.
MEC of Health in the province, Sasekani Manzini, called on students to work hard so that they could finish their studies on record four years so that they could be placed at institutions where they are needed. "You can imagine when we place you into an enrolment programme, we take 100 students. And we plan that in four years time, we shall be placing 100 nurses, but some of you have failed and thus blocking the space for others to enter the college," she elaborated.
She further urged students to take care of their homes first before they could buy cars. She also encouraged students to work in areas where they come from.
Day two of the congress is expected to elect new leaders for the next two years.