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  • Nurses who perished during COVID-19 honoured


    Nurses who did not make it out of the COVID-19 pandemic were honoured in Mpumalanga.


    On Friday, 23 September, the Witbank Tertiary Hospital in Nkangala District hosted a Memorial Lecture of the late Nursing Service Manager of Witbank Tertiary Hospital Ms Zandile Queen Mabuza who past on last year (2021) on this day.

    The lecture also honoured the nurses for the steering work they have done to the community since COVID-19 started, and those who passed on due to the pandemic.

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    “The event was blessed by the presence of the President of DENOSA, Simon Hlungwani, who was a Keynote Speaker; the Provincial Chairperson of DENOSA in Mpumalanga, Linah Jiyane; Delegated Provincial Secretary, Thulani Masombuka; Provincial Full Time Shopsteward, Naomi Mokoena, and the Regional Leadership of DENOSA.”


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    DENOSA leadership lead the nurses in prayer during the event. Photo: DENOSA/ Facebook.

    The event ended with the CEOs Awards Gala Dinner where employees were honoured and awarded for the work well done and also a ZQ Mabuza Matron’s Award.


    The Biography of the late Matron ZQ Mabuza is as follows:
    Zandile Queen Mabuza was born on the 15th of July in the year 1968 in Elandshoek, a farm on the outskirts of Nelspruit. She dreamt of becoming a doctor as a young girl but her sister Lindiwe inspired her to join the nursing profession.
    Post matriculation, she attended KaNgwane Nursing College and obtained a Diploma in Nursing General, Midwifery, Community and Psychiatry. She proceeded on to obtain a Diploma in Orthopaedic Nursing Science from Chris Baragwanath College. Her passion for people led her towards the Lowveld AIDs Training Information and Counselling Center where she acquired a Certificate in AIDs Counselling.
    She then got enrolled at the University of South Africa and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing Science, Nursing Administration and Nursing Education. She later qualified as a Life Coach from the Academy of York in 2018.
    Miss Mabuza valued education and could be described as a philanthropist.
    She had been a professional nurse for 32 years at the time of her passing.
    From the year 1989 until 1992, She did her practical at Themba Hospital. She then moved on to work in Surgical, Paediatric, Gynae and Orthopaedic Wards at Themba Hospital after qualifying as a professional nurse.
    In 1998 she was placed as a Post basic student at Chris Hani Baragwanath Nursing College for Orthopaedic Nursing Science.
    She then moved to Witbank with her two daughters where she went on to be a Chief Professional Nurse and Deputy Unit manager from the year 1999 until 2004 at Witbank Hospital.
    In December 2004, She became the Unit Manager in the Adult Short Stay Ward at Witbank Hospital. From 2005 until 2017 She was an Assistant Nursing Manager at Witbank Hospital.
    In 2018 she was appointed as a Senior Nursing Manager at Witbank Hospital.
    Zandile Mabuza founded a movement called Women of Power and was a strong pillar and pioneer in the Witbank Hospital’s HCF. Miss Mabuza remains a very significant role model and inspiration.

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