South African Nursing Council
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).
Media statment by the Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi regarding the update on the Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa
8 January 2018
This media conference is about updating the nation on the current outbreak of listeriosis in South Africa.
Again, I must emphasise that listeriosis is a serious, but preventable and treatable disease caused by the bacterium, Listeria monocytogenes. The bacteria are widely distributed in nature and can be found in soil, water, vegetation and the faeces of some animals.
Animal products (including meat, meat products, dairy products), seafood and fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables can be contaminated from these sources.
To understand where we stand now, it will be important for me to do a quick recap of what transpired at the last press conference which we held on 5 December last year in this venue.
We informed you that tracking back from 1st January 2017, as of 29 November 2017, there were a total of 557 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases that were reported from all provinces.
Exactly a month later, i.e as of 5 January 2018, the situation is as follows:
We appeal to all health workers to do the following:
SPECIAL REQUEST TO HEALTH WORKERS AND THE PUBLIC AT LARGE
In December 2017 we reported that whilst Listeria can affect anybody from any socio-economic backgrounds, there are certain categories of people who are specifically vulnerable. These are neonates, i.e less than 28 days of life, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems - e.g people living with HIV and AIDS, Diabetes, and chronic diseases like cancer, kidney and liver diseases.
However, when we view statistics of affected people, we note that of all these vulnerable groups, neonates are the worst affected, if we analyse it by age group from birth to 93 years. In this case, neonates alone account for close to 40% of these cases.
Of note is that of all the neonates that get affected, 96% had early onset disease, i.e from birth to 6 days after birth. It is clear that these neonates are simply vulnerable due to their pregnant mothers. They are infected by their mothers at birth.
Due to this high number of neonates, a special request to health workers and the public at large, is to pay special attention to all pregnant women. Have a high index of suspicion whenever dealing with a pregnant woman or a neonate. Be alert all the time, be it at antenatal clinic, labour ward, and neonatology units.
There are 1,2 million pregnant women in South Africa annually. In 2014, we launched a special programme called MomConnect, whereby we register every pregnant woman on the cellphone. We send them messages every two weeks commensurate with their period of pregnancy. After birth we switch over the messages to the care of the newborn. Since that period, we have registered 1,96 million pregnant women in that programme. I have now given instruction that all of them be sent instruction about Listeria. We are calling on more pregnant women to register on MomConnect, be they in private or public, because it is during times like this when we are able to reach them quicker through messages.
Nomination Form for members of the South African Nursing Council
8 January 2018
The South African Nursing Council (SANC) is a statutory body established in terms of Section 2 of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005) (“the Act”) to regulate the nursing profession in a bid to protect the interests of the healthcare users.
Annual Fees for 2018
10 July 2017
Normal Annual Fees
The annual fees for the calendar year 2018 for the different categories of practitioners are given in the following table:
1.2 Reductions in Annual Fees for Age 60 and Over
The Council has resolved to introduce reduced fees for nurses 60 years of age and over as per the table below:
1.2.1 Age 60 to 64 Years on 1 January 2018 (25% reduction)
1.2.2 Over 64 years of Age on 1 January 2018 (50% reduction)
NB: To qualify for the discount amounts, a practitioner may be required to submit a certified copy of his / her identity document in order to confirm his / her age.
The annual fees for 2018 must be received by SANC on or before 31 December 2017.
The amounts in the tables above all include 14% VAT.
2. RESTORATION FEES FOR 2018
The restoration fees for the different categories applicable from 1 January 2018 are shown in the following table.
The reduced restoration fee will only apply if your name was removed from the register at your own request - this must be confirmed with the Council before paying the reduced amount.
3. CLOSING DATE FOR PAYMENT OF ANNUAL FEES
Please note that for the calendar year 2018, the closing date for the payment of Annual Fees is 31 December 2017. You are therefore urged to pay as soon as possible in order to avoid the last minute rush.
4. OTHER FEES
Please note that other fees will be applicable with effect from 1 January 2018.
SANC Examinations Schedule for 2018
17 November 2017
The Schedule for all Examinations to be held in 2018, is now available.
Annual Practicing Certificates for 2018
31 October 2017
1. Payment Period
The South African Nursing Council (SANC) would like to remind all employers of nurses and midwives, both public and private sector, about the 2018 Annual Practicing Certificates’ (APCs) payment period which commenced on 1 July 2017 and ends on 31 December 2017.
The SANC would like to request employers to encourage nurse practitioners to pay for their APCs by no later than 31 December 2017 so as to avoid them having their names removed from the SANC register and having to pay a restoration fee.
2. Payment methods
The SANC would like to remind employers about the importance of utilising the E-register feature on the SANC website. The data published on this register suffices as a proof of registration for nurse practitioners and can be used by employers to verify the registration status of all nurse practitioners in their employment. The integrity of the database ensures that it is not necessary for employers to be presented with a physical APC certificate. The eRegister data base can be accessed by clicking here.
4. 2018 fee structure
The annual fees for 2018 for the different categories of practitioners ...
Appointment: Registrar and CEO of the South African Nursing Council
4 October 2017
The South African Nursing Council (SANC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Sizo Mchunu as the Registrar and CEO of the South African Nursing Council, by the Honorable Minister of Health Dr A. Motsoaledi MP, in terms of Section 18(1) and (3) of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005) with effect from 01 October 2017.
Ms Mchunu brings a wealth of knowledge accumulated and demonstrated through her 37 years in the professional nursing. She has worked as a clinical nurse and lectured at both undergraduate and post-basic levels at a College of Nursing as well as a University for a combined period of 18 years.
She has also gained vast knowledge and experience in the regulatory environment, and has been responsible for senior and strategic leadership at the SANC as Deputy Registrar as well as being appointed and seconded as an Acting Registrar in 2009 and 2016 respectively.
Prior to this appointment, Ms Mchunu was appointed as Director Nursing Practice and later Nursing Education within the Office of the Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at the National Department of Health.
A seasoned educator, Ms Mchunu has extensive knowledge of the Higher Education landscape. She has served, upon appointment by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, as a member of the Interim and later substantive Council of the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University.
The South African Nursing Council welcomes Ms Mchunu and wishes her every success as together it strives to achieve the level of service to the public as envisaged in the Nursing Act, 2005.
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...
Payment of Annual Nursing Fees
30 January 2017
The South African Nursing Council would like to reaffirm that all nursing practitioners have to pay their annual practicing fees, like any other professionals working in other professions in the country, to enable them to practice nursing legally in South Africa.
However, unlike other professionals, nursing practitioners have 6 months to pay their fee... Read more...
Information regarding the phasing out of Legacy Nursing Qualifications
20 December 2016
... This effectively means that no students shall be enrolled into any Legacy qualification after 31 December 2019...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 examination results (a new feature from 2014). 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.
Publications contains the full texts of official publications which are available from the Nursing Council. These include the Nursing Act, regulations, teaching guides and teaching policies 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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