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nursing thumb medium90 93Sunday Times Business Times reports that a proposal to train and employ 50,000 new nurses will be one of the flagship projects on the table at the government's Jobs Summit which will be held in Midrand this week.  

The two-day initiative will be looking for solutions to SA's high unemployment rate, which is near the 30% mark.  The proposal to train and employ new nurses emanates from private hospital group Netcare, which this week confirmed that the concept would be tabled at the summit convened by President Cyril Ramaphosa.  The private sector will provide on-the-job training over eight years if the project is pursued.  SA is short of 47,000 nurses.  Ramaphosa announced last week that he had instructed health minister Aaron Motsoaledi to urgently fill 2,200 nursing vacancies as part of the government's R50bn economic recovery package.  Netcare's project was developed in 2016 as part of the CEO Initiative.  "The proposal is based on a collaborative approach between government, organised labour, community and the private sector, with all regulatory bodies working together to achieve this much-needed outcome.  It is envisaged that, once funding has been secured, this initiative will be provided at the cost of delivering such training, with no profit or margin built in," Netcare indicated in a statement.  The Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) said it had been disappointed by former president Jacob Zuma's undertaking to fill nursing vacancies and hoped Ramaphosa's efforts would come to fruition.

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