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NEHAWU Mpumalanga welcomes the redeployment of Cde Gillion Mashego

5 July 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union [NEHAWU] in the Mpumalanga Province welcomes the re-deployment of MEC Mr Gillion Mashego from the Department of Health with concern.

As NEHAWU, we believe that his redeployment to the Public Works, Roads and Transport portfolio is nothing but a reward for his failure in the health department. We are worried because public works is a very important department that must play a critical of supporting other departments. Despite the concern, we accept the collective decision of the alliance and history shall be the best judge. The union believes that his redeployment will provide an opportunity to save the Department of Health from total collapse, rebuild the confidence of the public and for the department to prioritise quality services delivery. The challenges in the sector will not be turned around overnight, however, we are of the view that the removal of Cde Mashego will bring renewed energy from all stakeholders in the health sector to work together in changing the tide.

We further welcome the deployment of Comrade Sasekani Manzini as the new political head of the department. We hope the experience she acquired in the youth movement, her youthfulness, hardworking and consultative leadership style will bring needed change to lift up the department from total collapse to greater heights. The task lying ahead requires her to have a dedicated team inclusive of a new Head of Department. We vow to hold the new MEC accountable when things go wrong. We want to thank all our members for the determination and dedication shown towards the massive day of action supported by COSAS, SACP, YCLSA, COSATU, DENOSA and PUDEMO.

We appreciate the response by the Honourable Premier on the removal of MEC Gillion Mashego from the Department of Health after out as we have been on the streets calling for his removal. We however, note that the Honourable Premier has just responded to one demand out of many that were presented in the memorandum and we shall continue to engage with her.

We believe that his redeployment is a victory to the union and the general public who relies on public health services to access quality healthcare services. We hope the redeployment of the two comrades is not going to shield the above challenges and other challenges confronting the department of health and the whole administration of Mpumalanga.

We are more than ready to engage with the Premier on all the issues raised in our memorandum. These struggles, we shall fight side by side until we realise a quality public health care system.

For more info:

Welcome Mnisi - Provincial Secretary
Mobile: 082 455 2897
Dimakatso Matjee - Provincial Deputy Secretary
Mobile: 079 987 3671