University eyes Northern Cape potential

Streek / Regional

A six-team delegation led by Pro-fessor Abel Pienaar, including two students from the School of Nursing Science, North West University Mafikeng site, is extending their footprint for the de-gree course in Nursing Science in the Northern Cape. This is done in full colla-boration with the resident Nursing Educa-tion Institution, Henrietta Stockdale Col-lege.
The current visit to Northern Cape is two-pronged. Firstly, to recruit learners from high schools in this province and other inte-rested youth to study nursing at North West University, as scholarships through the Health and Welfare Seta (HWSETA) might be available in the Northern Cape. 
Secondly, due to some districts previous-ly under the North-West province, the uni-versity still extends district placements to enhance clinical learning and teaching. This, according to the team, was fuelled last year by the #fees must fall campaign that put practicing students' lives in danger in Mafikeng.
This was surpassed on 25 December
2016 when Mr Ditshwele, a star student of NWU (Mafikeng) delivered a bouncing Christmas baby at the Tshwaragano Hos-pital. History was made, because Mr Dit-shwele was the first male candidate who walked away with the midwifery prize in his final year. He was also the first male de-greed nurse to deliver a baby at Tshwara-gano. This indeed strengthened the rela-tionship between the hospital and the NWU.
Hence, the need is to conduct an in-depth educational situational analysis for further accreditation purposes for the Northern Cape to become an authentic learning site for NWU. This will definitely enhance the health outcomes of the Northern Cape substantially.
The team honours the Northern Cape Department of Health for their continuous support. As a result the team is making strategic and consultative meetings throughout the province to ensure the programme is well articulated to both au-thorities and targeted prospective students in the Northern Cape.