DENOSA to give report-back to South African nurses about government deserting 2016 salary negotiations...

Media statement

Saturday, 28 March 2015   

The Democratic Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) will embark on a country-wide report-back sessions with nurses about the deadlock declared by the employer at Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) salary negotiations and pave the way forward, following the withdrawal of the employer from the negotiations on Friday.

The employer has opted to seek for mediation instead of continuing to negotiate. This stance by the employer is a clear indication of unwillingness to negotiate with labour and it means we will miss the target date of 31 March 2015, which will have a direct bearing on the livelihood of state employees.  

The negotiations are deadlocked on the lowered demand of 10% by labour from the previous 15% and government’s laughable initial offer of 5.8% which was lowered to 4.8%, then increased by 0.2% to 5% before it reverted back to initial offer of 5.8%. DENOSA hopes that government will take full responsibility for the collapse of the negotiations and the consequences that will go with it.   

This act by the employer is being irresponsible as the employees are faced with economic up-hills. On 1 April 2015, the working class will experience economic hardship of immense proportion as they will be worse off as the increase in personal taxation and petrol price come into effect. Eskom’s sky-rocketing increase will also eat away their already meagre disposable income. With salary negotiations hitting a snag with government, DENOSA foresees despondency and anger among government employees who are squeezed between hard place and a rock, and this may lead to further resignations of skilled professionals in public sector.

In January, the government employees saw the ridiculous increase in Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS). The employees had been struggling to keep up with these daily cost increases. The employer had instead shown arrogance by not taking these negotiations seriously.

Before the negotiations started last year, labour and employer held pre-negotiation meeting to set the basis for negotiations. Despite that, the employer had been disindigenous and unreliable throughout these negotiations. The employer has been playing a “yo-yo” game about the percentage increase in salaries. The employer has precipitated this deadlock from the onset of the negotiations by claiming that they did not have mandate and now they are retreating.

The leaders of DENOSA will visit all provinces to hold meetings with structures in the wake of employer negotiating in bad faith. We appeal to all our members to attend the upcoming report-back sessions in order to mandate the leadership on the way forward.


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

For more information, contact:

Simon Hlungwani, DENOSA President

Mobile: 079 501 4922


Khaya Sodidi, DENOSA Chief Negotiator

Mobile: 082 775 7734


Facebook: DENOSA National Page


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COSATU-aligned public service unions call on Government to increase its offer...

24 March 2015

The seven COSATU Public Service unions, namely NEHAWU, SADTU, POPCRU, DENOSA, SAMA, SASAWU and PAWUSA, together with other unions admitted in the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) submitted demands to the employer on 30th September 2014. Our demands included, amongst others:

  • 15% salary increase for all employees
  • A single – term agreement
  • R3000.00 housing allowance in the absence of a Government Employees Housing Scheme (GEHS) which must be delinked from each spouse employed in the public service
  • 10 leave working days for parents with children with disabilities
  • Bursary Scheme for government employees’ children

These negotiations have been very slow as a result of employer delaying tactics. The current agreement expires on the 31 March 2015 therefore we are left with literally 6 (six) days to its expiry.

The parties at the PSCBC agreed during the pre-negotiations process that the base from which the negotiations will start from will be 5,8%, based on the year-on-year CPI of the 2013/14 Financial Year. The employer tabled their opening bid as 5% increase which was against the spirit of the pre-negotiations meeting. Labour rejected their initial offer on the basis that the employer was reneging on the undertaking of the pre-negotiations process. They later came with a proposal of 5,8% salary increase across the board for the Financial year 2015/16 within a multi-term agreement of 3 (three) years.

On the 3rd of March 2015, labour moved from 15% salary increase across the board to a 10% increase and moved from R3000.00 housing allowance to R1500.00. We were shocked and disturbed when the employer reversed its offer to 4,8% claiming that it was a projected average CPI for the 2015/16 financial year.

After much delay from the employer the negotiations came to a halt in the early hours of Monday 23 March 2015. The meeting went on until 02h30 in the morning with Labour insisting on negotiating for a better deal, an approach that was met with an arrogant and intransigent attitude of the employer. The employer came back and increased their meagre 4,8% offer with a shameful 0,2 to make it 5% for the current  Financial Year and CPI plus 0,5% in the following two Financial Years. Labour rejected that offer.

It was then agreed in Council that the employer must go back to its principals for a revised and a better offer as Labour is still on 10% increase across the board. Parties to the PSCBC will meet again on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 to continue with the negotiations.

It must be noted that Labour is fully committed to engage the employer seven days a week until the settlement is reached. At the same time, as Labour, we will be engaging with our members to comprehensively engage with them on what is transpiring in the negotiations.

We further call on government to show the same commitment to this process.


SADTU Deputy General Secretary -  Nkosana Dolopi  082 709 5651


POPCRU First Deputy President - Nkosinathi Mabhida  082 820 6078

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DENOSA Gauteng appalled by burning of yet another clinic by community members...

Media statement


Thursday 19 March 2018


The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Gauteng would like to register its shock at the suicidal action of burning down of a clinic in Tembisa by community members all because the so-called Red Ants disconnected electricity in their area.


As a show of frustration, community members set the clinic alight and damaged the library next to it.


This ill-informed and counter-productive decision is not the first incident in the province. Not long ago, community members in Bronkhorspruit did a similar act when they demanded another service in their area.


DENOSA feels this decision equals to an act sacrificing the sick and critical community members for the cause of struggle for electricity, which is a cruel and heartless decision that cannot be condoned.


DENOSA appeals to community leaders to show leadership and discourage any act that may prove counter-productive to the same community. Sick people will have to be taken to far away health facilities where they will have to prolong the already long queues in such communities, with the shortage of nurses being rife in many health facilities. Some critical patients may end up dying while being taken to the facilities.


The dear is that if this strange behaviour is allowed, the community members may proceed in demolishing other amenities tomorrow, because they are demanding a clinic.




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

For more information, contact:

Simphiwe Gada, DENOSA Chairperson in Gauteng

Mobile: 079 501 4869 / 082 741 6983


Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager

Mobile: 079 875 2663

Tel: 012 343 2315



Facebook: DENOSA National Page



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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