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DENOSA Mpumalanga to celebrate 20 years, honour the best nurse in the province on 25 November in Middelburg




The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Mpumalanga will host the provincial 20 year celebration of DENOSA’s existence, honour the best nurse in the province with the Marilyn Lahana Caring Award as well as award the best defender of workers in the workplace at an event that will be held at Hermansdal Landgoed Conference & Lodge in Middelburg in Mpumalanga on Friday 25 November from 10h00 to 16h00.


Health MEC in Mpumalanga, Gillion Mashego, DENOSA General Secretary, Oscar Phaka, ANC provincial leadership, COSATU provincial leadership, SACP provincial leadership and CEOs of hospitals in the province will all attend the three-pronged event, which will also award the best nurse shop stewards in the province. 


Members of the media are cordially invited to attend provincial celebration and report.


The event will also honour the most dedicated and selfless nurse in the province which will be awarded with the Marilyn Lahana Caring Award. The award is named after Marilyn Lahana, a Johannesburg nurse whose work of selflessness and dedication led to her getting infected by Ebola virus while caring a patient who was transferred from Gabon in 1995. She later died in Hospital on 24 November 1995. A year later, the Marilyn Lahana Caring Awards were established in her honour. This marks 20 years since the awards have been ongoing.


As a background to the 20 year celebration, DENOSA was launched on 5 December 1996 at the Union Buildings. The first democratically-elected president in South Africa, Nelson Mandela, officially launched the organisation. The national DENOSA 20 year celebration will be held at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on 5 December, where all nurses from all over the country will converge to celebrate the day. This year’s celebration is held under the theme: “Celebrating 20 years of unifying nurses”.


Details of the event are as follows:


DATE: Friday, 25 November 2016


VENUE: Hermansdal Landgoed Conference & Lodge, in Middelburg (Old Witbank to Middelburg Road)


TIME: 10h00 – 16h00


CONTACT PERSON: Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager. 079 875 2663


Tel: 012 343 2315