Durban - The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in KwaZulu-Natal is overjoyed that the Department of Health in the province has taken over the reins at St. Mary’s Hospital in Mariannhill. The department is expected to safeguard the future of health professionals at the hospital.
This follows the auctioning of some of the hospital’s movable assets in mid-September.
Samuel Mkhwanazi, department spokesperson, had said the department was in the process of finalising a lease of the land and buildings of the hospital with a view to procure the said assets.
“Should these endeavours be successful and be approved by government, it is expected that the Department will commence with the running of the facility with effect from October 1, 2017,” said Mkhwanazi.
In response, Mandla Shabangu, DENOSA Provincial Organiser in KZN, said: “As DENOSA we are happy that the department will be taking over the functioning of the hospital from this month on a clean slate, and that the workforce has been absorbed into the department’s employ. The severance package for the workers for their service prior to this arrangement has been settled, in line with the country’s labour laws.”