n Southern African Journal of Critical Care - What does the Occupation-Specific Dispensation (OSD) in the public service mean for nursing? : editorial

Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-8264
  • E-ISSN: 2078-676X



In 1995, the National Qualification Framework (NQF) was established in order to align the South African education and training systems with those of international standards of best practice. The intention behind this radical move was to provide quality education and training, thus encouraging lifelong learning. Consequently in the same year the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) was formed to oversee the development and implementation of the NQF in all areas of education and training, including nursing and midwifery.

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