The only nursing college in the Northern Cape is facing closure after the Ministry of Health failed to meet the criteria for accreditation of the college by the Higher Education Council and the National Nursing Council. This was revealed by various unions during a student and staff picket outside the Health MEC’s ​​offices in Kimberley.

Classes have been suspended at the Henrietta Stockdale College of Nursing. It came after disgruntled nursing students and their teachers took to the streets. They accuse the department of not being able to solve their problems in the college.

“The college has one toilet for all of us here, even the toilet paper has run out, we don’t even have toilet paper, we don’t have books, we don’t have cartridges, we don’t have anything, we have We fought, we wrote letters, we will write emails, and nothing has been done until today, so I said it ends today,” says Shinazo Tsoza: a nursing student.

“Our living conditions have been unacceptable since the first year we have been struggling with books. They expect us to go without books. Now we have no water at home, no electricity, but they expect us to study. We get low-quality food,” nursing student Ziola Beukes complains.

According to the unions, nursing regulatory and accrediting bodies have reported that the college lacks basic adequate infrastructure, teaching resources and qualified nursing faculty.

“We are solely in support of the nursing students and faculty colleagues who are faced with what could certainly be a complete closure of the nursing institution that is the College of Nursing, and it is the only College of Nursing in the province. and then when we face this problem, there may not be any health workers in the province,” says Kagisa Phajan, the national union of young nurses in Indaba.

The provincial health authority says it is aware of the infrastructural challenges facing the college.

Northern Cape Department of Health spokesperson Lebagang Majaha says: “As a department, we are aware of some of the concerns raised by management and students related to infrastructure. Some of the delays were caused by the delivery of materials and are being addressed. There are meetings to find peaceful solutions.”

The department says the college’s current budget for this financial year is 82 million rand.

VIDEO: Student nurses picket outside Henrietta Stockdale College of Nursing

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