South Africa’s Oldest Nursing Agency is 69 years old
Nursing Services of South Africa, NSSA, is 69 years old and is the country’s longest serving agency. It was founded in 1943 as an independent organisation to supply nurses and care givers throughout South Africa - including in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, East London, Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.
In 2004 the agency was acquired by the A24 Group, founded by entrepreneur Penny Streeter OBE. A major investment plan included acquisition of 130,000 sq ft freehold premises in Bellville, Cape Town, where the agency has its headquarters. This was followed in 2007 by the purchase of the seven-storey building, 50 on Long, situated on Long Street in the busy CBD district of Cape Town.
Under the new ownership, NSSA became the first nursing agency in South Africa to offer a 24-7 service, 365 days a year, and completed the biggest IT support project of its kind in the sector, according to Penny Streeter:-
" It is only by looking after the interests of nurses - with good pay, service, training and conditions - that South Africa can retain nursing staff and develop standards of care, and so protect the interests of patients.
" Our home care service, to provide nursing support directly for people in their own homes, is an area where we see a level of demand that can only increase over the coming years. We will also maintain and increase the support to our traditional base of clients, whom we have served for many years. This includes old age homes, the provincial and military hospitals throughout South Africa, as well as occupational health settings, events, hospitals both private and government, and outreach and rural projects.”
The Nursing Services of South Africa
107 Voortrekker Road,