Tears of joy as 300 nurses, nurs­ing as­sis­tants are hired to boost KZN’s pub­lic health sec­tor

The Mercury - - METRO - RE­PORTER | MER­CURY

THERE were tears and cries of joy when 300 newly re­cruited nurses and nurs­ing as­sis­tants were wel­comed into pub­lic ser­vice at Grey’s Hos­pi­tal in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg yes­ter­day.

The hir­ing of the med­i­cal staff – who are made up of 150 en­rolled nurses and 150 en­rolled nurs­ing as­sis­tants – forms part of a stim­u­lus pack­age an­nounced by Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa to boost the health sec­tor through the cre­ation of more than 5 300 jobs through­out the coun­try.

Among the nurs­ing as­sis­tants hired was Nom­pumelelo Ma­jola, who had spent 13 years look­ing for per­ma­nent em­ploy­ment.

A week ago, on the day of her mother’s fu­neral, Ma­jola got the call to in­form her that she had been hired.

“I could not be­lieve it. I’d like to thank Pres­i­dent Cryil Ramaphosa and MEC Dhlomo for mak­ing our dreams come true,” she said.

Fight­ing back tears, an emo­tional Gugu Md­lalose, from KwaMashu, who was placed at Went­worth Hos­pi­tal, said: “This was go­ing to be my 14th year of not work­ing since qual­i­fy­ing as a nurse.”

Health MEC Si­bongiseni Dhlomo said it was good know­ing that 300 fam­i­lies now had bread­win­ners.

“We hope that by hir­ing 300 of them we are go­ing to make a change and bring mean­ing in terms of qual­ity of ser­vice to our peo­ple.”

Dhlomo added that the prov­ince would soon be an­nounc­ing the em­ploy­ment of porters (160 posts), gen­eral or­der­lies (160 posts), phar­macy as­sis­tants (50 posts) and ar­ti­sans (15 posts), who would also be em­ployed as part of the stim­u­lus pack­age.

| THEMBA MNGOMEZULU

NURSES cel­e­brate with KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Si­bongiseni Dhlomo, cen­tre, af­ter they were in­ducted into the depart­ment.

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