South African Nursing Council
Welcome to the South African Nursing Council website. This site concentrates on all matters relating to the regulating of the nursing and midwifery professions in South Africa. The information is intended to appeal to a wide audience - from the serious researcher to those who are considering a career in nursing.
Nursing education institutions will find information relating to the standards and other requirements for providing nursing and midwifery education and training - including all the applicable regulations and circulars ("news" items) of the Nursing Council .
Practising nurses will find the site most useful. You will be able to find the latest and most up-to-date information about your profession here - including the latest applicable practice standards.
International visitors are welcome - particularly those who are doing international nursing research, those who are considering coming to further their education, and also those wishing to work as nurses/midwives in South Africa
Sale of Distinguishing Devices
16 October 2017
This circular serves to advise nursing practitioners who are attending the SANC Western Cape Outreach event from 16 – 20 October that, due to manufacturing problems experienced by the supplier, the selling of shoulder badges will not be possible at this event. All other distinguishing devices will be available.
As part of our continued commitment to service, the South African Nursing Council will however be taking orders for the shoulder badges at the outreach and these devices will then be delivered to the Western Cape Provincial Department of Health offices in due course. Affected nurse practitioners will be informed once these devices are available.
We would like to offer our sincere apologies for the inconvenience.
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.
Provincial outreach visits
4 October 2017
Please note that SANC will be conducting provincial outreach visits in the following provinces:
The following services will be available:
View the schedule below for dates and venues. Schedules for the remaining provinces will be provided at a later stage.
Free State Schedule (23 - 27 Oct)
Western Cape Schedule (16 - 20 Oct and 30 Oct - 1 Nov)
Northern Cape Schedule (9 - 13 Oct)
Eastern Cape Schedule (27 Sept - 6 Oct)
KwaZulu Natal Schedule (4-8 Sept, 18-22 Sep)
North West Schedule (11-15 Sep)
SANC organises provincial outreach to nurses in nine provinces
31 August 2017
The South African Nursing Council (SANC) will be conducting provincial outreach visits to nurses in nine provinces, starting on 4 September 2017.
The provincial outreach plan for 2017 is published below – be sure to diarise the dates!
See Media Release 7/2017 for entire notice
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.
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...
SANC Examination Schedule for 2017
20 December 2016
The Schedule for all Examinations to be held in 2017, is available.
Appointment of Acting Registrar and CEO
20 December 2016
This circular serves to inform all Stakeholders that Ms Sizeni Angel Mchunu has been appointed as the Acting Registrar and Chief Executive Officer ... 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
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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