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DENOSA pays tribute to Joe Maila 

Media statement 

Monday, 23 October 2017 

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) wishes to convey its heartfelt condolences to the family of late Joe Maila, his colleagues and Health Minister for their loss of a great government spokesperson and true health ambassador.

His passing comes at the time when South Africa enters a phase of a promising future for healthcare in the form of National Health Insurance (NHI), which aims to prioritize access to quality healthcare for all people of South Africa, regardless of their socio-economic standing. 

Maila was a good health ambassador for the country, and his passing is a great loss in the country’s fight against lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases. 

While his passing is a bitter pill to swallow, DENOSA acknowledges the great work he has put in on health matters, with his ability to convey health messages in clear and sharp and in the most humble demeanor. 

As DENOSA we have worked very well with Maila and the department on a number of crucial engagements as stakeholders, even at times when our views on a number of health challenges in the country differed between ourselves and the Department. He carried himself in a much disciplined manner at all times, thus putting across his messages without any hindrance of emotion.  

May his humble Soul Rest in Peace. 


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

For more information, contact:

Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager 

Mobile: 072 584 4175 

Tel: 012 343 2315 



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