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DENOSA Gauteng Student Movement supports student nurses’ protest over non-payment of Uniform Allowance at Baragwanath Nursing College 

Media statement

Thursday, 13 September 2018

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) Gauteng Student Movement is putting all its weight behind student nurses’ protest at Chris Hani Baragwanath Nursing College over non-payment of uniform allowance to many students at the college and calls on all other student nurses in other institutions to also support the student in their march tomorrow morning.

We are dismayed that there are students who have not yet received their uniform allowances and if one has received it is half of what is expected. In total number of students who have not received the allowance at all is 305 between 3rd and 4thyear students.

In collaboration with college SRC, engagements have been held with the issue of standardisation of uniform allowance raised in both the health portfolio committee, SRC/MEC and senior management meetings. Unions, more especially DENOSA raised this issue further. In response to our submissions, the nursing directorate team announced in a recent SRC and senior management meeting that students will receive the same amount of uniform allowance that permanent staff receive. This undertaking was welcomed by student population. 

After the successful #UniformChallenge by nurses in Gauteng, students did not receive what was promised to them. 

For this reason, we are in full support of Chris Hani Baragwanath Nursing College Students in intensifying the #UniformChallenge. We call on all students in Gauteng nursing colleges and universities to continue with this protest of not wearing their uniform until they are listened to and paid what is due to them. We are also in support of the march on Friday 14 September to the college to submit a memorandum of demands. We will not leave the premises until we are addressed by the college principal, Registrar and HR manager.

“It is sad that in some institutions the bursary students were not provided with uniform that was promised to them when they were signing those application forms,” says Chairperson of DENOSA Student Movement in Gauteng, Nathaniel Mabelebele. 

“We need to remain in solidarity and maintain high discipline as the future of this profession.  We cannot continue to allow the Department of Health to use us as their workforce without any proper compensation. They continue to undermine the importance of this profession even with the newly introduced funding model that is failing us. Let us continue to organise and mobilize mass support as students.”

The GDoH better prepare themselves as we (GPSM) will soon visit them as student movement on many other issues including the uniform allowance. The profession's future is in our hands as young nurses and we are here to ensure that the future is bright. 

END.

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

For more information, contact: Nathaniel Mabelebele (Acting Provincial Chairperson, Student Movement)

Mobile: 082 767 7064