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DENOSA Northern Cape

THE PROVINCIAL OFFICE IS LOCATED IN KIMBERLEY, IN A NEIGHBORHOOD CALLED KIMBERLEY NORTH No. 19 ROPER STREET. ONE OBVIOUS LANDMARK TO THE OFFICE IS THE KIMBERLEY TRAIN STATION.

THE OFFICE IS MANAGED BY THE PROVINCIAL SECRETARY (A. Vassen), PROVINCIAL ORGANIZER, Full Time Shop Steward AND ADMINISTRATOR (Ms. M. TOOLS- BERNATO).

THE PEC IS THE CUSTODIAN OF THE ORGANISATION WITH 5 REGIONAL COMMITEES, ONE IN EACH REGION AND WORKPLACE SHOP STEWARDS COMMITTEES.

THE NORTHERN CAPE BEING THE LARGEST PROVINCE GEOGRAPHICALLY HAS A NURSING POPULATION OF AT LEAST APPROXIMATELY 2500 PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR. DENOSA PRIDES ITSELF WITH A MEMBERSHIP OF AT LEAST 1553 ( 80%) OF THE NURSING FRATERNITY. THESE FIGURES EXCLUDE STUDENT NURSES IN TRAINING (R425) OF 154 WHERE DENOSA HOST 95% MEMBERSHIP AND ORGANIZE ITSELF VIA THE DENOSA STUDENTS FORUM.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

PROFESSIONALLY:

DENOSA HOSTED THE ICN CONGRESS FROM 27 JUNE 2009 TILL 04 JULY 2009 IN DURBAN AND WE MANAGED TO CAPACITATE 90 NURSES FROM THE PROVINCE TO THIS UNPRECEDENTED OCCASION IN COLLABORATION WITH THE DEPT OF HEALTH.

INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY IS ALWAYS CELEBRATED IN STYLE AND EVEN THIS YEAR NURSES GRACED THE OCCASION BY HAVING REGIONAL EVENTS WHICH CULMINATED INTO A MARVELOUS EVENT AT THE SAINT CYPRIANS CATHEDRAL. WHAT AN INCREDULOUS WAY TO WELCOME THE NEW MEC OF HEALTH INTO THE HEALTH FRATERNITY.

AS THE VANGUARD OF NURSES, DENOSA ENGAGES AT THE PROVINCIAL PHSDSBC TO BETTER THE CONDITIONS OF SERVICE OF ALL NURSES. WITH THE ADVENT OF THE OSD FOR NURSES UNDERPINNED BY RECOGNIZING QUALIFICATIONS DENOSA UNAPOLOGETICALLY PROMOTES TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT OF NURSES VIA WORKPLACE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FORA ON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LEVEL.

REGULAR IN-SERVICE TRAINING AND CAMPAIGNS i.e. CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER AND “TAKING THE PLIGHT OF NURSES TO THE PUBLIC “ IS BUT FEW MECHANISMS OF CIRCUMVENTING THAT WE ARE THE UNION OF CHOICE.

POLITICALLY:

WE UNEQUIVOCALLY RESPECT THE RIGHT TO POLITICAL AFFILIATION AS ENTRENCHED BY OUR CONSTITUTION OF THE RSA.

DENOSA AS AN AFFILIATE OF THE FEDERATION COSATU CONTINUOUSLY STRIVE TO ENSURE THAT NOT ONLY HEALTH ISSUES BUT NURSING IN PARTICULAR ENJOYS PRIORITY ON THE POLITICAL AGENDA.

SHOP STEWARDS HAVE THE FUNDAMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT NURSES IN THE WORKPLACE ARE COGNIZANT OF HOW OUR PROFESSIONAL STATUTORY LAWS i.e. NURSING ACT/REGULATIONS BALANCED WITH THE POLITICAL LAW PIECES i.e. LRA/BCEA etc.

DECLARATION

WHILST WE BOAST ABOUT REPRESENTING MAJORITY OF NURSES WE SHALL NEVER BECOME COMPLACENT UNTIL WE ENSURE THAT WE ACHIEVE OUR VISION THAT ALL NURSES BELONG TO ONE NURSES UNION (DENOSA).

WE WILL ALWAYS BE GUIDED BY THE WISDOM OF OUR PREDECESSORS THAT SAID “UNITED WE CARE AND SHARE”.

Provincial Secretary
Anthony Vassen
082 50 9132