Innovation & New Developments Initiated

Innovation & New Developments Initiated

The following list is an indication of ventures and projects initiated, demonstrate innovation and provide evidence of the ability to ensure sustainability:

  • Established the ‘Youth Health Programme” for the Department of Health on the West-Rand in 1986-1987.
  • Developed the consolidated teaching model (one day per week) for post-basic programmes at RAU (now UJ) in 1993.  This resulted in a growth of more than 100% in student numbers within one year.  This model is still in use.
  • Developed a Model for Accompanied Self-study in 1993-1994 as part of PhD studies.  This model was later operationalized by RAU throughout the campus.
  • Master minded and developed the Centre for Nurse Leaders at RAU (now UJ) in 1994.  This distance education model with structured workshops, lead to the registration of 2500 students in 1995.  The centre later integrated with the RAUCollege for Education and Health(now UJ) and still serves students around the country.
  • Founder member of the Open Learning Group Limited in 1996.  This is an education company, operating with multimillion rands of turnover with successful BEE.
  • Developed the proposal (with MR SJ Botha) to initiate the Distance Education for Teacher Training on Potchefstroom Campus, NWU, in collaboration with OLG in 1996.  This initiative has been generating the most subsidies of all schools of the NWU for more than a decade.
  • Founder member of the Open Learning Association (OLASA) in 1996.
  • Master minded the delivery platform for the Nursing Bridging Programme that leads to registration as a Nurse for Technikon South Africa (TSA) in 1997.  Acted as consultant to TSA in 1997-1999.  This programme is still in existence and is integrated with UNISA Department of Advanced Health Sciences and has approximately 3000 students in the programme at present.
  • Developed 75% of all the study material modules (study guides and videotapes) for the Telematic Learning Programme of the old PU for CHE (now NWU) from 1996-2001.  The programme is still operational and approximately 5000 students have graduated through this system.
  • Proposed and developed the in-house education model of MEDI-CLINIC Hospital Group in 1997 – 1998 for the six month certificate courses in Clinical Specializations, e.g. ICU, Theatre Nursing Science, etc.
  • Founder member of the SouthAfricanAcademy for Health and Skincare Therapists (Pty) Ltd. in 1999.  This company was sold in 2002 and is one of the largest private academies today.
  • Founder member of the Africa Honor Society of Nursing (AHSN) in 2001.  The AHSN was chartered as a chapter of STTI in 2004.
  • Developed the structured masters’ programme in the Department of Nursing Education at University of the Witwatersrand in 2001.  The establishment of the model lead to a growth of more than 100% in student numbers in the years 2002 and 2003.
  • Initiated the “block model” master degree at NWU in 2005.  This has led to an increase of more than 300% growth in master’s students from 2005 to 2008.
  • Played a critical role in the revitalization of FUNDISA (2007-2010), and has subsequently been successful in securing funding for the corporatization of the organization.
  • Established the Global Advisory Council for Nursing and Midwifery (2013-2015)