The Baobab tree has fallen
DENOSA Northern Cape is saddened that the baobab tree of the JTG region in the Northern Cape has fallen. Cde Nomalizo Andrease (far right in the photo) passed away suddenly on the 5th June 2014 after a very short illness. She was known as the DENOSA lady of the JTG region. She had committed herself to serve DENOSA in the province with all she had. She was generous as and when doing the duties of the organisation in the province. She had just been re-elected regional chairperson at her passing on.
She epitomised greatness, class and was passionate about DENOSA. She recruited young nursing cadres to be active in the organisational activities. She harnessed the leadership potential of comrades like Martin Taolo (current Provincial Deputy Chairperson) and Victor Moleleki (an upcoming strong cadre) to name but a few within the region. Comrade ‘Noma’ was an astute nursing activist who fought for the rights of nurses in the workplace. She could articulate her point very well and encouraged us to do the same.
Cde Noma was not for sale, she could not be bought, and she took hospital management to task about the appalling working conditions under which nurses had to provide quality nursing service. She was very instrumental in the launching of PPE in the region and province. She would not keep quiet if she felt injustice was being done to either the patient or a nurse. Indeed, the baobab tree has fallen.
Comrade Nomalizo was a nurse practitioner through and through, and that can be attested by her having been a nurse during the most trying times in the history of South Africa. She was a student nurse at McCord’s hospital in 1973-1976, a student midwife at McCord’s 1976-1977. Cde Noma has seen it all in the nursing profession. She has been a tutor, acting principal, co-ordinator of in-service education, co-ordinator of training and development, all at Tshwaragano hospital nursing school. Her untimely passing found her practicing as a nurse clinical practitioner specialising in advance midwifery and neonatalogy.
The baobab tree has fallen, we in the JTG region are exposed to the scorching sunlight and we have no tree to shield us from the danger of the sun. We are burning; we are yearning for a motherly love not from our mothers but from a DENOSA mother whom we have come to love so much.
The JTG region bid farewell to their great leader, unionist, mother, great debater, intelligent, beautiful, elegant woman. We are forging forward in her memory. The DENOSA Northern Cape mourns the death of their most valued member. Cde Noma was a woman of impeccable integrity.
May her star continue to shine brighter than it did when she was still with us, may her spirit continue to be with us in DENOSA as we move the organisation forward. May her soul rest in peace, indeed the baobab tree has fallen.
LALA NGOXOLO COMRADE! VIVA DENOSA! MALIBONGWE IGAMA LAMAKHOSIKAZI!