DENOSA National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting has just convened at the DENOSA Head Offices in Pretoria, which will sit until 28 July 2022.
This is DENOSA’s second NEC meeting for the year, which will see it discussing and resolving on the many nursing issues in the country.
In setting the tone during his address on Day One (26 July 2022) of the meeting, DENOSA President, Simon Hlungwani, said the NEC will have its hands full for the next three days as it will have to consolidate a position on key and developing issues that are currently ongoing in the country.
He commended the hosting both the International Workers’ Day and International Nurses Day in May this year, which saw workers and nurses participating in the activities of their days as both workers and healthcare professionals. He also called for more improvement in this regard.
Key amongst the issues scheduled for thorough discussions at the meeting are the ongoing salary negotiations for government employees at the Public Sector Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC), especially the attitude of the government at these negotiations. The meeting will also reflect on both the International Workers’ Day event and the hosting of the International Nurses Day in South Africa on 12 May 2022. The NEC will also reflect on the activities and programmes of DENOSA both at national and in provinces.
The NEC will also reflect on the recent union federation COSATU’s recent provincial congresses and the National Gender Congress, which elected DENOSA’s 2nd Deputy President, Thandeka Msibi as the Chairperson. To feature highly on the discussions at the meeting, too, will be the reflections on the recent SACP National Congress and its posture on the question of the reconfiguration of the alliance, as it will on COSATU’s preparations for participation in the upcoming ANC Policy Conference, which appears to be lean and mute on the efforts to reconfigure the country’s healthcare system particularly in the form of National Health Insurance (NHI).
The NEC will also look at the preparations for DENOSA’s upcoming events, including the provincial congresses, the Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting, and the National Congress, amongst others.
The NEC is also due to introduce new members to the NEC, which will include provincial secretary of Free State, Brain Motshabi, provincial secretary of North-West, Reuben Malete, provincial secretary of KwaZulu-Natal, Mbali Sabela, provincial secretary of Western Cape, Jaco van Heerden, and provincial secretary of Eastern Cape, Sivuyile Sikwe.
The NEC also saw two deployments to the National Office Bearers (NOBs) of DENOSA namely: Kwena Manamela who now holds the position as the General Secretary, Acting, and former DENOSA Eastern Cape Provincial Secretary, Khaya Sodidi, who has since been deployed as Deputy General Secretary for Member Service, Acting.