The Migrant Nurse Dilemma (Creative Intervention)

Duduzile Sakhelene Ndlovu (2020). ‘The Migrant Nurse Dilemma‘, Studies in Social Justice 14:1, 166-168, DOI:


⁠I am a nurse
I work with pregnant women
I moved here in August⁠
I just wanted exposure
There we are still behind

It’s a challenge with foreigners
Check the passport
Proof of residence
In case she has a problem

I take them even if it’s not valid
They are pregnant
Send her away?
She collapses? …

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About Duduzile Ndlovu

Dudu obtained her first degree in Environmental Science & Health from NUST, Zimbabwe in 2004. She has worked in rural development in Zimbabwe and with Sonke Gender Justice Network in Johannesburg South Africa on Migrants' Health & Rights issues prior to joining ACMS.

She recently submitted a PhD thesis focusing on Zimbabwean migrants’ use of art to navigate precarious lives, speak about and memorialise past state perpetrated violence in Zimbabwe (the country of origin) and xenophobia in South Africa.

Dudu is interested in how people make meaning of precarity such as migrants’ making their lives under constant threat of xenophobic violence in Johannesburg. She is also exploring art based research methods; using music, poetry and drama, as data and to present research to wider audiences with an aim to pursue creative or art based research as a strategy for accessing indigenous ways of knowing, and developing indigenous research methodologies.