PORT Shepstone Hospital management and staff bid farewell to one of their senior managers, deputy nursing manager – Thembi Mkhize at Wild Coast Sun on Thursday, November 26.
Speaking on behalf of Ugu Nursing Forum, Thoko Ntuli said they are sad that Mkhize is leaving because she was one of the most prompt managers.
“[She was ] always willing to share information with others when we were given tasks by the Provincial Nursing Forum,” said Ntuli.
Port Shepstone human resource manager, Mxolisi Zulu said he was quite stressed when Mkhize handed in her retirement proposal letter because they enjoyed working with her
“We were still learning from [her] acquired governance knowledge,” said Zulu.
According to the hospital’s public relations officer Phumza Morai, Mkhize’s sterling work record boasts 30 years of service as a nurse in the department of health in KZN.
“Mkhize leaves the hospital at a time when there is reorganisation of regional services with many changes taking place within the hospital. She would most certainly have played a key role in re-asserting the true values and ethos of nursing profession to the nursing staff as she always devoted herself to achieving positive outcomes for the hospital,” said Morai, adding that well-known for her composure and smile, Mkhize has done great service for the hospital.
Furthermore, Morai said speakers at Mkhize’s farewell function commended her for her integrity, professionalism, reliance in the execution of her duties and her exemplary behaviour.
“The most dear and special people from her family also attended the function. Her eldest sister Zinhle Mngunyana, her two daughters Lindiwe and Zama together with her son-in-law Ntuthuko Ngwane were present,” said Morai, adding that in honouring Mkhize, Matron Linda Manipersad and team decorated the venue, creating a unique and exciting atmosphere, which was a great way to send off their beloved manager with great memories.
“In her response, Mkhize thanked her family, hospital management and staff for having supported her throughout her journey and for organising such a beautiful farewell party for her,” said Morai.