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The South African Nursing Council is the body entrusted to set and maintain standards of nursing education and practice in the Republic of South Africa.  It is an autonomous, financially independent, statutory body, initially established by the Nursing Act, 1944 (Act No. 45 of 1944), and currently operating under the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005). 

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SANC's new service-oriented email addresses

24 May 2019

As part of its continued commitment to customer service the SANC has decided to do away with the email address:

It will be replaced with twelve email addresses aimed at our clients’ specific needs as per statistics of the past year. In addition, software has been installed to track all activity on these mailboxes. 

See the image below for the new email addresses to be used with immediate effect.

SANC responds to claims regarding training of nurses

6 May 2019

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) notes with concern the recent article in the news by Solidarity’s Occupational Guild for Nursing regarding the training of nurses in South Africa.

According to the article South Africa is experiencing critical problems with regards to the training of nurses, with Mr Hennie Bierman, Head of the Occupational Guild for Nursing is quoted as saying: “…. the SANC’s ineffectiveness has a negative impact on the finalisation of regulations on nursing training”.

The statement is factually incorrect. The SANC has developed and duly submitted all regulations regarding the offering of the new nursing programmes. Regulations relating to undergraduate programmes were promulgated by the Minister as far back as 2013 including regulations for the accreditation of institutions as Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs). Those regarding the offering of post-graduate diploma programmes were completed and submitted in 2017. The Department of Health has been processing and continues to process these regulations and consults with the South African Nursing Council as it deems fit. It is not clear which Regulations the article is referring to as there are no outstanding regulations for offering of the Undergraduate programmes that have not been developed by the SANC and duly submitted to the Department of Health.

..... read the full Media Release 3 of 2019


#SANCnews April 2019

26 April 2019

Welcome to the fourth 2019 edition of #SANCnews - your electronic newsletter that will provide regular updates on important happenings at the SA Nursing Council, in the nursing arena and healthcare in general.

..... read the April Newsletter


SANC announces partnership with Government on Annual Fee collection

1 April 2019

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) has been and continues to be mindful of the challenges that nurse practitioners, employers and the SANC experience during the annual fees collection period, mostly affecting receipt of Annual Practising Certificates (APCs).


It is therefore our pleasure to announce that a solution we have been working on steadfastly has now come to fruition, and will make a hugely positive impact on the annual registration process – no more queues and no need to travel to the SANC Head Office in Pretoria to make your annual payment,” says Ms Sizo Mchunu, Registrar and CEO.

... Media Release 2 of 2019


#SANCnews March 2019

1 April 2019

Welcome to the third 2019 edition of #SANCnews - your electronic newsletter that will provide regular updates on important happenings at the SA Nursing Council, in the nursing arena and healthcare in general.

.... read the March Newsletter

.... read the February Newsletter

.... read the January Newsletter


SANC's new logo and slogan

19 February 2019

This year marks the celebration of the SANC’s 75th anniversary and befitting this milestone the SANC proudly introduces its new logo and slogan - a new identity that reflects its evolution yet emphasises its mandate. The SANC launched its new logo and slogan on 28 January 2019. The symbolism of the logo is explained below. 


Circular 3 of 2019

Amendment of the dates for examinations to be written in May 2019

19 February 2019


The purpose of this Circular is to: 

Inform the National Department of Health, Provincial Departments of Health, Nursing Education Institutions and all stakeholders about the amendment of the dates for the examinations which were due to be written on 08 and 10 May 2019 respectively.

.... read the entire Circular 2 of 2019

This Circular becomes implementable and valid on the date of issue.


It is here!! The new SANC logo and slogan!


Since its inception, the South African Nursing Council’s Coat of Arms has been used as its logo.


A coat of arms is a heraldic design on a shield, depicting an organisation’s heritage, with corresponding symbols from this heritage.

A logo, on the other hand, is a graphic mark, emblem, or symbol used to aid and promote public identification and recognition. 

It builds brand recognition and creates strong visual associations with the key business elements of your organisation.


Therefore, an organisation’s logo should represent what it stands for, and instantly provide an indication of the type of organisation you are dealing with.

For this very reason, professional bodies across the world use logos and some of them use logos in addition to a coat of arms.


This year, 2019, marks the celebration of the SANC’s 75th anniversary, and befitting this milestone it proudly introduces its new logo and slogan — a new identity that reflects its evolution, yet emphasises its mandate.

The symbolism entrenched in the new SANC logo is as follows: 

The South African Nursing Council – taking the SANC into the future.

South African Nursing Council Examination Schedule - 2019

Attached is the Examination Schedule for 2019

Kindly take note of the following requirements applicable to the Council examinations:

bullet The closing date for the examinations should be strictly adhered to and no exceptions or allowances will be made to extend these dates.
bullet Only registered learners will be eligible for an examination: The Head of the Nursing Education Institution (NEI) must ensure that all learners are registered with the Council within the prescribed period. Foreign applicants apply as individuals though will have to adhere to the prescribed period.
bullet Candidates will not be registered for an examination with only an identity number. Council reference numbers are needed in all cases. Please follow up with the Council Registration department first, if learners are not registered for the course before registering candidates for an examination.

... read Circular 6 of 2018

... read Circular 5 of 2018

Shortage of nurses and the new nursing curriculum

23 October 2018

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) notes with concern the articles published in the media recently and its factually incorrect information that has been disseminated to the public and the nursing fraternity.

The SANC would like to clarify the statements made in these articles, with these facts:

... read the entire Press Release 9 of 2018

Client Services Statistics

14 August 2018

Annual Practising Certificate for 2019

11 July 2018

Annual Fees for 2019

9 July 2018

This circular serves as affirmation of the South African Nursing Council’s fees and fines as stipulated on the government gazette published on 28 June 2018.



1.1  Normal Annual Fees

The annual fees for the calendar year 2019 for the different categories of practitioners are given in the following table.

 Category Annual Fee for 2019
Registered Nurses and Midwives R640.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R380.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R270.00

... Circular 4 of 2018

SANC warning against pre-nursing programme

5 April 2018

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) issued a warning today regarding certain institutions that are offering the Community Health Work programme purporting that it is an entry requirement into nursing education programmes.

... read Press Release 3 of 2018

Phasing out of the 'legacy' qualifications

 8 January 2018


The purpose of this document is to update the National Department of Health, Provincial Departments of Health, Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) and relevant stakeholders about the following matters pertaining to nursing education and training:

bulletPhasing out of the ‘legacy’ qualifications in 2019;
bulletRemoval of the names of certain Nursing Education Institutions, that were previously approved to offer the following phased out nursing programmes, from the South African Nursing Council (SANC) website;
bulletCourse leading to Enrolment as a Nurse (Government Notice Regulation No. 2175 of November 1993); and 
bulletCourse leading to Enrolment as a Nursing Auxiliary (Government Notice Regulation No. 2176 of November 1993);
bulletRegistration of learners/students undergoing Nursing Education and Training programmes; and
bulletMaintenance of registration or enrolment for learners/students who are pursuing basic/ undergraduate or additional/post-graduate ‘legacy’ qualifications.



... Circular 1 of 2018

This Circular serves as a reminder that all learners/students who are pursuing basic studies or additional qualifications must maintain their enrolment/registration with the SANC, failing which the education and training that was done while a learner/student was removed from the register/roll will be considered null and void. 

IMPLEMENTATION DATE: This Circular becomes implementable on the date of issue.


For further information on this Circular, you are advised to contact the Senior Manager: Education and Training, Ms SJ Nxumalo at (012) 420 1022 or at 

Nurses warned against fraudulent forms and bank details

2 February 2017

The South African Nursing Council has issued an urgent warning to nurses who are registering with the SANC,  specifically with regards to the "application for restoration".

It has come to our attention that a copy of our official "application for restoration" form has been fraudulently duplicated and altered with 2 paragraphs (9 and 10) added as well as bank account details that do not belong to the SANC ... Read more...

Updating of personal details

12 October 2015

In preparation for the implementation of the new information technology system, the South African Nursing Council is also updating its member register.  To assist in this, all practitioners are requested to kindly submit their information (on the relevant form) as soon as possible using one of the following means of communication: 


        Facsimile: 086 231 9094

What you will find on the Nursing Council website

The following is a brief outline of what you will find on this website.

About SANC tells you all about the Nursing Council - the Council vision, mission and objectives, the members that make up the Nursing Council , the various Council committees and the members that serve on each, etc.

Archive shows the numbers of Council Circulars and Press Releases for previous years. 

Complaints deals with the process of investigating matters which have been reported to the Nursing Council and which may constitute "unprofessional conduct".  You can find out how to lodge a complaint (if you have one) and the process which will follow the receipt of your complaint.  If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having a complaint against you, this information will help you to understand the whole process - including your own rights.

Education and Training contains documents related to the education and training of nursing and midwifery students. This is where you will find Exit Level Outcomes, the Community Service process, the Standard and Qualifications framework, etc.

Education Institutions contains a full list of all the nursing education institutions accredited by the South African Nursing Council and their contact details (arranged by province).  If you are a prospective student, this will enable you to find an institution near where you live OR in a place where you would like to study.

Employment contains the currently advertised vacancies at SANC. 

eRegister is a link to the Nursing Council electronic register of nurses and midwives - where you can confirm the status and qualifications of registered practitioners.

Events is where you will find the dates of planned meetings and any other planned Council events.

Examinations deals with those examinations which are conducted by the Nursing Council.  Here you will find the schedule of examinations to be held as well as a link to the examination results page.  If you are a  candidate who is planning to write or who has written a Council examination, you will definitely be interested in this information.

News is where you will find all the latest decisions of the Nursing Council , new policies, proposed policies and discussion documents on which the Council would like your comments. You should visit these pages if you want to keep informed and to be involved in shaping the future of Nursing and Midwifery in South Africa.

Policies contains some of the Nursing Council policies and position papers that are published for general information.

Presentations contains Nursing Council presentations delivered at various events.  Delegates may find this useful material to supplement the knowlege gained during the event.

Professional Practice is where you will find the various competencies and Code of Ethics for nurses.

Publications contains the full texts of official publications which are available from the Nursing Council.  These include the Annual Reports, Guidelines, Learner Documents, Nursing Acts (previous and current), the Promotion of Access to Information Act Manual and examples of Acts and Ommissions. Although you are welcome to print and use copies of these documents, it is recommended that you refer to them on-line as you will then be sure to obtain the very latest information.

Regulations contains the regulations of the Council. Although you are welcome to print and use copies of these documents, it is recommended that you refer to them on-line as you will then be sure to obtain the very latest information.

Services gives details of the services provided by the Nursing Council and how much each costs.  You can also download various official forms from these pages - this will ensure that you always use the current version of the form.  This is also the correct place for you to find out about the various options available for paying annual fees.

Statistics is for the inquisitive and the researcher.  Ever wanted to know how many nurses qualify each year?  This is where you will find all the information you need.

Supply Chain is where suppliers or prospective suppliers can download the form used to apply for registration as a supplier on the Supplier Database.  You can also find out about current bids/tenders and download necessary forms and information.


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