FS student nurses happy after receiving outstanding stipends


The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) is happy with the feedback it has received thus far from the Free State Department of Health.

Free State student nurses have finally received their outstanding stipends from the department. Denosa earlier stated that students from the Free State School of Nursing did not receive stipends for up to four months.

This led to nurses from various institutions marching to the department’s offices in Bloemfontein on Monday to voice their grievances regarding the dysfunctional and severely understaffed health facilities in the province.

Denosa said health facilities were understaffed, student nurses were not being paid their stipends, and the department needed new management. The Denosa Learner Movement’s Free State secretary, Gift Mnyamane, said nurses were overworked.

They further demanded a withdrawal of Circular 57 of 2013 and Circular 02 of 2014, which prohibits newly-qualified health professionals from doing community service without being registered with their relevant regulatory bodies.

Mnyamane says 200 community service professional nurses have been appointed since Monday.

Mnyamane further says although they are happy with the progress, there is still some outstanding issues that need to be resolved.

“We are happy with the latest developments. Although we are still awaiting contracts, appointment letters and job offers.”

“We will receive feedback on Friday regarding the issue of posts for nurses that are currently on study leave,” says Mnyamane.

-Mark Steenbok