The newly-elected DENOSA Gauteng chairperson, Simphiwe Gada, has committed himself to uniting nurses in the province. He was elected the new chairperson on Saturday at the Provincial Congress held at Pure Joy Guest Lodge in Kameeldrift in Pretoria.
He takes over from Simon Hlungwani who also served as former Treasurer of the province before his election as chairperson in 2010. Before his election to the chairpersonship on Saturday, Gada was serving as the full-time shop steward in the province. The deputy chairperson if Nyameka Khumalo, former chairperson of the organisation’s Ekurhuneni region. The position was of Treasurer was unopposed as Thabang Sonyathi retained the position.
In his inaugural address, Gada emphasized unity within the organisation and urged younger shop stewards to make use of the experience of senior shop stewards who have wealth of knowledge "because if you dont know where you are going," you will not know where you are going. He committed that the PEC will build the organisation and oppose any purging, because purging members"would be committing a political suicide as we are going to the national congress." He urged every member of the organisation to become a recruiter as a way of bringing nurses home and uniting workers so that their voice could be stronger. “Workers unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains,” he said.
He emphasized the give-and-take two-way process in terms of the relationship with the Alliance.
DENOSA President, Dorothy Matebeni, congratulated the outgone PEC for doing a wonderful job holding the province intact, despite the many challenges. She expressed happiness at the emergence of young leaders within the organisation and urged young leaders to respect senior leadership at the organisation.