DENOSA Mpumalanga held its provincial Congress between 25 and 26 June in Nelspruit in Mpumalanga where deliberations were held over the two days and new leadership was elected on the second day.
The following congress declaration was produced:
8th MPUMALANGA PROVINCIAL CONGRESS DECLARATION
The DENOSA Mpumalanga province delegates to the congress held on the 25th and 26th June 2014 in Nomndeni Lodge at Mbombela representing all the regions and members undertake the following declarations.
DECLINE ON NUMBER OF PEOPLE VOTING FOR ANC
The congress celebrated and congratulated the ANC on the recent national election victory. The congress also noted that these elections were mostly contested and were during a period of disunity within the advance detachment of the working class. The 8th Mpumalanga Congress also wants to raised its concerns on the decline of number of people who voted the African National Congress and the ascending of the new formation to our Provincial Parliament.
We further declare that this victory means that the citizens of this country are still having confidence in the ANC to better their lives hence entrusting the ANC with another term of governing the country. It is therefore critical that the ANC addresses the critical issues raised by the citizens of this province during the door-to-door campaigns which are, in some instances, giving birth to the violent service delivery protests.
We can do more and accelerate the delivery of clean water and houses. We can eliminate corruption, improve delivery of health services and education by so doing dissolve the new formations in the province.
We further recommit ourselves to not only swell the ranks of the ANC, SACP and SANCO, but will actively participate on all its programmes as per COSATU resolutions;
That as nurses and citizens of this province we will play our role in ensuring that National Health Insurance that seek to deliver quality universal health to the entire population and the poor and the previously disadvantaged in particular is achieved.
Department of Health under administration.
The 8TH Mpumalanga Congress of DENOSA wants to further declare that Department of Health being put under administration was long over-due and was welcomed and viewed as a step towards the right direction. We hope that the administration will assist in improving health services in our province and identify that some of the system failures are partly as a result of centralising power, we therefore call for decentralisation of some powers to districts and institutions.
We declare our dissatisfaction regarding the delay of translation of nurses to post, more over the fact that employer continues to delegate duties to our nurses which they are not remunerated for, we declare that any further failure to translate all outstanding translations to workers equals to cheap labour practice which should be stopped.
Occupation Specific Dispensation (OSD)
We declare that all matters relating to OSD should be finalised before the next financial year as this resolution has been on the table for some time and is delaying our attempt to demand the review of nurses’ salary.
We further call the Member of Executive Council to designate all health institutions of the province as inhospitable so that all health professionals will be eligible for rural allowance. We also declare that, nationally, all nurses irrespective of rank who are working in designated areas should be paid rural allowance.
Positive Practice Environment (PPE) Campaign.
We declare that we will continue with our PPE campaign. We will remain vigilant on all the identified eight pillars of PPE and ensure that our environment of practice is positive and conducive for us to practice.
Establishment of Mpumalanga Provincial Nursing Directorate.
We declare that there should be an establishment of functional Nursing Directorate with its own organogram in the Mpumalanga Department of Health so as to drive the implementation of the Nursing Strategy as well as coordinate and manage nursing services.