12 May 2012
South African Nursing Council – Recognition Awards 2012
PROFESSOR WILMA KOTZÉ
SUMMARY OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF PROFESSOR WILMA KOTZÉ TO THE TRANSFORMATION OF NURSING
Professor Kotzé served as Member of the South African Nursing Council for six consecutive terms of office from 1979 to 2003.
In her second term of office on the Council she was elected as Vice-president for the Ninth Council and thereafter as President for the Tenth and Eleventh Councils.
She served on the South African Medical and Dental Council as representative of the Tenth Council from 1989 to 1994.
She represented the South African Nursing Council at several international conferences and participated in a number of overseas assignments to study nursing education, nursing practise and professional regulatory systems abroad, the most important of which the delegation led to the East Central European Countries in 1992 to prepare Council for the management of nurses returning to the post-apartheid South Africa.
As President of the South African Nursing Council, Professor Kotzé was a member of the work group which was assigned Unification of the former Bophuthatswana, Ciskei, South African and Transkei Nursing Councils by the Minister of Health.
In 1995, with the establishment of the Interim Nursing Council, Professor Kotzé was appointed by the Minister of Health and Welfare as Member of the Interim Council, and elected by this Council as its Vice-president. After amalgamation of the former South African, Transkei, Ciskei and Bophuthatswana Nursing Councils and the establishment of the new South African Nursing Council in 1998, she served her last term of office on Council as an elected member, in the capacity of Vice-president.
Professor Kotzé was: