DENOSA concerned with ‘New e-Tolls Dispensation’...

Media statement

Friday, 22 May 2015

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) is deeply concerned with possible negative implications the announcement by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa of the new e-Tolls Dispensation will have on mobility of South Africans, health workers included, despite paying tax which goes towards building and maintenance of the country’s roads.

Among others, Deputy President announced on Wednesday that those with outstanding debt from e-tolls won’t be allowed to renew their vehicle licences as the SANRAL system will be linked to the national licencing system. DENOSA finds this trouble-some and a bit mischievous as people are paying their dues to use the country’s roads. 

DENOSA has a congress resolution to continue to support COSATU campaign against e-Tolls, as it is a regrettable idea that privatizes the country’s roads. In our eyes, the new e-tolls dispensation introduces no difference, and we continue to call for its total ban.

Nurses, who are essential service workers and whose salary is not even enough to fund their day-to-day living expenses, don’t have money to splash on e-Tolls and will be among those hard-hit by this new dispensation. In fact most of nurses will have to be expected to arrive late at work as soon as their vehicle licences expire because they will have to rely on public transport. 

The outcomes of the general elections in May 2014 speak volumes about the feeling of the people of Gauteng about e-Tolls: the ruling party lost support, arguably, partly as a result of this idea. We would like to warn that continuing to force e-Tolls down the throats of people of Gauteng is likely to have far worse consequences for the governing party in the upcoming local government elections.        


Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)

For more information, contact:


Simon Hlungwani, DENOSA President

Mobile: 079 501 4922


Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager

Mobile: 079 875 2663

Tel: 012 343 2315



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DENOSA statement read out at press conference on 8 May 2015 in Pretoria ...

605 Stanza Bopape Street





Friday, 8 May 2015


As a background, DENOSA emerged from its successful 7th National Congress in January 2015 which was a continuation of the congress that was adjourned on 1 November 2014, wherein a new leadership was elected with clear mandates on which to take the organisation forward. This organisation subscribes to the principles of democracy where all matters of the organization’s interest should be raised within formal structures and follow due processes where democratic centralism applies.


The leadership inherited discussions with different role-players including within the federation wherein our congress clearly resolved. The members entrusted the National Executive Committee (NEC), the organisation’s highest decision-making structure on day-to-day working of the organisation, to process the resolutions and ensure they are implemented as mandated.


DENOSA calls this media conference on the wake of a marathon of events happening and developing within and outside its structures with a potential to impact negatively. There are sporadic events and media utterances wherein DENOSA name is being used without authority. This is observed during promotion of meetings or activities where DENOSA doesn’t participate or is not invited but our logo is being portrayed as though we are part or agree with the content of the activity. Our stance is that we remain autonomous and engage willingly with whoever shares the same resolutions or mandates with us.


Some of the key resolutions we would like to highlight from our 7th National Congress are that we:

-         Support COSATU campaign in total ban of E-tolls

-         Support COSATU campaign in total ban of labour brokers

-         Support the reinstatement of NUMSA back to COSATU

-         Reject and disassociate DENOSA from SAPSU and United Front

From the extracted resolutions above, it is obvious that our association with the so-termed nine COSATU unions is based on the fact that we are agreeable with the call for a Special National Congress of COSATU. Equally, there are matters that we don’t agree with them as articulated by the resolutions above.


We therefore would like to plead with those who recklessly attempt to interpret our resolutions wrongly or claim to represent this organisation in public platforms which seeks to undermine the leadership of this organisation. We call upon all our members not to express personal opinion, but stick to our 7th National Congress resolutions.


The person who is speaking on behalf of the organisation on national matters is the President and Acting General Secretary, Simon Hlungwani and Madithapo Masemola, or any other person who is granted such a right in the absence of the President and the Acting General Secretary. 


We view as imperative as we would like to focus on the matters of relevance to the organisation and its members, such as the International Nurses Day that is coming up on the 12th of May where there is a need to highlight the essence of a nursing cadre and its role in the achievement of better health for the citizens, and the need to include them in policy formulations that deal with cost-effective measures of attaining better health for South Africans.


We also want to focus on the current wage negotiations and ensure that public servants, including nurses, receive a decent wage adjustment.


Nurses are the majority health professionals who are in touch with patients 24 hours, and are better positioned to come up with solutions to the health challenges. We have lined celebrations across provinces on the day and beyond, where we would be highlighting the challenges that nurse cadres are faced with, such as severe shortage and burn outs, lack of safety in the workplace, increasing burden of diseases, ageing nursing population with few replacements after their retirement.


As nursing organisation, we note the budget speech delivered by Heath Minister in Parliament. We are specifically in agreement with the focus on the TB campaign in and around mining areas, which are the most hard-hit due to dust generated from operations in mines. 


We would like to end buy wishing nurses of the country, continent and the world a Happy International Nurses Day on Tuesday. We urge the nurses to keep the candle burning for their country needs them.








President – Simon Hlungwani

Acting General Secretary – Madithapo Masemola


For more information, contact:

DENOSA President: Simon Hlungwani

Mobile: 079 501 4922


Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager

Mobile: 079 875 2663


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The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) invites the media to an urgent press conference, which will take place at the DENOSA Head Office at 605 Stanza Bopape Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, tomorrow Friday the 8th of May 2015 at 12h00.


The aim of the Press Conference is to clear confusion around DENOSA position on COSATU and the so-called NUMSA-aligned unions.


Details of the press conference are as follows:


Date: Friday, 08 May 2015

Venue: DENOSA Head Office: 605 Stanza Bopape Street, Arcadia, Pretoria.

Time: 12h00

Contact person: Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager: 079 875 2663

Tel: 012 343 2315


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From Ntandane Nyebe, a nurse in Cape Town. 

As the backbone of any healthcare system in the world, it is my honest opinion that nurses deserve proper compensation for the hard work they put in in improving the health of South Africans. After all, nurses are the proverbial Alpha and Omega. The following 10 points are the reasons.    

1. We are short staffed- one person does a work that should have been done by 4 people.

2. We have gone through formal education, we have got degrees etc, we are accountable to a nurses' board, we got to be paid decent salaries like Pharmacists and doctors- YES.

3. The health institutions do not have enough of the unskilled workers e.g. porters and cleaners- Nurses are then forced to work as unkilled workers-on top of their scope of practice, when the need arises.

4. There are many instances where doctors go & do shopping at the malls when they are on call, or simply some institutions have shortage of doctors- when an emergency situation arises- a nurse does a work that was supposed to be done by the doctor to save the client. Same case when there no social workers- nurses must run around doing what was supposed to be done by a social worker.

5. We do a risky job - I've heard of many nurses & docs who died from contagious diseases- especially trauma staff.

6. The governing party admitted in 2011 that there is a dire shortage of nurses in SA, which means nursing is a scarce skill in SA and the last time I checked professionals with scarce skills were getting paid higher salaries in SA.

7. We work under bad conditions- institutions with no proper security, lack of proper equipment etc. But we always try and do our best to improvise for the benefit of the clients.

8. Nurses who go & work overseas they don't go there just for fun or to experience different culture- they leave because they feel they are being overlooked by Government in terms of salary- meanwhile SA loses specialised nurses with experience - Government who cares about its people would try and keep nurses by raising salaries.

9. We deserve better. Our Government can afford to increase our salaries by 100%. There is money in SA- we have seen structural developments in SA & they have been built by companies who have been paid millions and billions.

10. ANC Government promised to increase salary of Nurses when they were in Mangaung in 2012/13. 

I Thank You


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The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in its current form was established on 5 December 1996.

The organisation was formed through political consensus after the transition to democracy and was mandated by its membership to represent them and unite the nursing profession. Prior to this, the South African Nursing Council (SANC) and the South African Nurses Association (SANA) were statutory bodies which all nurses had to join. It was also important after the transition to democracy to incorp... Read more