Honored nurses who died during COVID-19

Caregivers who have not survived the COVID-19 pandemic were honored in Mpumalanga.


On Friday September 23rd, Witbank Tertiary Hospital in Nkangala District held a memorial lecture for the late Head of Nursing at Witbank Tertiary Hospital, Ms. Zandile Queen Mabuza, who passed away on this day last year (2021).

The talk also honored the nurses for the governance work they have done for the community since the beginning of COVID-19, as well as those who have passed away as a result of the pandemic.

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“The event was blessed by the presence of DENOSA’s President, Simon Hlungwani, who was a keynote speaker; DENOSA Mpumalanga Provincial Chair Linah Jiyane; Delegated Provincial Secretary, Thulani Masombuka; Naomi Mokoena, the full-time provincial shop steward, and DENOSA’s regional leadership.”


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

The event concluded with the CEOs Awards Gala Dinner, where employees were honored and recognized for their good work, and a ZQ Mabuza Matron’s Award.


The late matron ZQ Mabuza’s biography is as follows:
Zandile Queen Mabuza was born on July 15, 1968 in Elandshoek, a farm on the outskirts of Nelspruit. As a young girl, she dreamed of becoming a doctor, but her sister Lindiwe inspired her to become a nurse.
After matriculation, she attended KaNgwane Nursing College and earned a Diploma in General Nursing, Midwifery, Community and Psychiatry. She then earned a Diploma in Orthopedic Nursing from Chris Baragwanath College. Her passion for people led her to the Lowveld AIDs Training Information and Counseling Center where she earned a Certificate in AIDs Counseling.
She then enrolled at the University of South Africa and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing Science, Nursing Administration and Nursing Education. She later qualified as a Life Coach at the Academy of York in 2018.
Miss Mabuza placed great value on education and could be described as a philanthropist.
At the time of her death, she had been a registered nurse for 32 years.
From 1989 to 1992 she did her internship at Themba Hospital. She then worked in the Departments of Surgery, Paediatrics, Gynecology and Orthopedics 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 Orthopedic Nursing Science.
She then moved to Witbank with her two daughters, where she served as Chief Professional Nurse and Deputy Unit Manager at Witbank Hospital from 1999 to 2004.
In December 2004 she became Head of Unit in the Adult Short Stay Unit at Witbank Hospital. From 2005 to 2017 she was Assistant Nursing Manager at Witbank Hospital.
In 2018 she was appointed Senior Nursing Manager at Witbank Hospital.
Zandile Mabuza founded a movement called Women of Power and was a strong pillar and pioneer in Witbank Hospital’s HCF. Miss Mabuza remains a very important role model and inspiration.