Dear Colleagues

It is with great excitement that we introduce a new organization that has been created to support nursing and midwifery in South Africa. The Nursing Foundation is a Trust Fund established to support nursing education, practice and research in South Africa. The Foundation aims to resource, mentor and connect selected nurses/midwives to foster a culture of integrity and justice while also promoting innovation and excellence in either nursing practice, education, research or professional organisation settings.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of three trustees both from within and from outside the profession. The trustees serve for a period of five years, and may be re-nominated. The current trustees are Ms Nolwazi Gcaba (Chair), Professor Rosalie Thompson and Dr Sharon Vasuthevan.

The Nursing Foundation is being launched in June 2013 with four funded projects, two of which are for individuals, and two for organizations or health care institutions:
  • Sponsoring a nurse/midwife to attend the “Flourish 2013” conference in 9&10 September 2013;
  • Sponsoring a nurse/midwife to attend the “Inclusive Health Innovation Summit” in Cape Town 31Oct/1Nov 2013;
  • Sponsoring a health care institution to implement a Healthy Work Environment project in 2014;
  • Sponsoring a health care institution or national nursing professional organization to implement a project promoting professionalism and caring in so doing, fostering a culture of integrity and justice in 2014.

All four grants are competitive and details can be found on the website www.nursingfoundation.co.za

We would appreciate if you can bring the grants to the attention of your members and encourage participation. You can also leave a message for the Foundation on the website.

Leana Uys (Founder)

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Sally Taber, former Secretary/Treasurer of the EDTNA and Honorary Life Member of RCSSA visited South Africa during December 2010. Heilie Uys was honoured to entertain her and Nigel while visiting Cape St. Francis, on their way to Cape Town and catch up on old times.

She still finds work both challenging and enjoyable. Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) and the complaints arm of her company (ISCAS) has continued to achieve its objectives. She is also the Chairman of the British Kidney Patients Association (BKPA). In September the office moved and this was celebrated by a function to promote transplantation – the celebration involved two patients, Angela Dunn and Myra Sankey who celebrated their transplants of 40 Years!

For her it continues to be a privilege to be involved in the independent sector representative on the UK Revalidation Implementation Board to take forward Medical Revalidation.

She was honoured in September with the Independent Healthcare Ambassador for 2010 Award at the annual Laing and Buisson dinner. A winner to this category should demonstrate how he/she has been an ambassador for the sector over the preceding 12 months –on a micro, macro, national or local level. The winner will have achieved success in its role and brought benefit to the wider healthcare sector through his/her dedication and expertise. Well done Sally, you really deserved this award.

The RCSSA is honoured to have international professionals like Sally who stays committed and interested in the workings of the RCSSA.


As in 2009, two members of the Renal Care Society of South Africa are to participate in the 2011 World Transplant Games in Gothenburg Sweden from 17th-23rd June.

Robyn Emslie, Healthy Start Practitioner for National Renal Care will compete in the 3km race walk as well as in Ten Pin Bowling. Robyn won a gold medal in Lawn Bowls in Australia in 2009 and we are convinced that she will come back with more medals.

Heilie Uys will compete in golf, discus, shot put, javelin, and ball throw. She will be competing in her fourth World Transplant Games and has won gold in all of these items in the past.

We wish them every success in the Games and as these two athletes always say: “Our transplants not only gave us New Life but it is our duty to proclaim a healthy active lifestyle to other transplantees”

Matsie Pooe, Transplant Coordinator at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, not only acts as the “mother” of the athletes from Bara, but will also fulfil the position of attending nurse for the Team. She is also currently the Chairperson of the Gauteng Region of the South African Transplant Sports Association.

Follow the team on their trip to Sweden by visiting:
Website: www.transplantsports.org.za
Blog: http://transplantgamesteam.blogspot.com