Special News Item 1/2012

12 May 2012

Council Building named after Cecilia Makiwane

At a morning function held to celebrate International Nurses’ Day 2012, the South African Nursing Council building was officially named in honour of Cecilia Makiwane, the first black registered professional nurse in Africa.  The building is now officially named the Cecilia Makiwane Building.

During the naming ceremony, nurses from all over South Africa renewed their “Nurses Pledge”, holding lighted candles as symbols of the lamp which was, according to the soldiers who were there, once carried by Florence Nightingale during her rounds of the wards in Crimean War hospitals.