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South African Nursing Council - Year-End closure

14 November 2018

The South African Nursing Council offices will be closed for the year-end from Friday, 21 December 2018 at 12:00 midday, however for operational reasons, the gates will be closed at 11:00 am, and will re-open on Thursday, 3 January 2019 at 08:00 am.


Annual fees must be paid into the Council's bank account on or before 31 December 2018 to avoid restoration fees. Bank transfers may take up to 3 work days, therefore a safe date to pay via bank transfer is by 24 December 2019. 


Banking details

Name of bank First National Bank
Account number 514 211 86 193
Branch code 253145
Reference Person's own SANC Reference Number followed by ANLFEES


Whilst waiting for the Annual Practising Certificate to be posted by the SANC, the employer can verify the registration status of the practitioner through the SANC website by logging into the SANC eRegister at www.sanc.co.za. To do this, they will require the practitioner's SANC reference number or Identity Number (ID No).


Kindly inform all persons in your institution so that they are aware of the closing dates for the SANC.

 ... read Circular 5 of 2018

#SANCnews October 2018

26 October 2018

Welcome to the 8th 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 October 2018 Newsletter

... read the September 2018 Newsletter

... read the August 2018 Newsletter

... read the July 2018 Newsletter

... read the June 2018 Newsletter

... read the May 2018 Newsletter

... read the April 2018 Newsletter

Member Register Form

... read the March 2018 Newsletter

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:

The curriculum submissions that the SANC has received so far, have been and continue to be evaluated and some have also served at meetings of internal structures of the SANC. These applications have been received from Universities, Public Colleges and private nursing schools. It is therefore factually incorrect that ”South Africa will soon have a shortage of nurses due to the dragging of feet/dawdling in approving a new curriculum”. The public and the profession is misled by such incorrect information.

The matter of “nurses will no longer be able to train at provincial training colleges”, is disputable. Factually, some Public Nursing Colleges have submitted their programmes to the SANC and the process of evaluation towards accreditation is underway.

The information provided stating that “there are only six other private institutions that are currently running private programmes” is factually incorrect. There is about sixty four (64) private institutions (including private hospital groups) that are currently offering nursing programmes in South Africa.

The following information in the articles is also incorrect: “The new act makes provision for a new category of nurse – a general nurse”.

The Act Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No 33 of 2005) makes provision for the following categories:

bulletProfessional Nurse
bulletStaff nurse (general nurses
bulletAuxiliary nurse OR
bulletAuxiliary Midwife (There will be no qualifications for this category).


Nurse Specialist and Midwife Specialist categories were created through a board notice published by the Minister of Health in the Government Gazette No. 368 of 15 May 2014 - Notice regarding the creation of categories of practitioners in terms of section 31(2) of the Nursing Act, 2005.

Ms Sizeni Mchunu, CEO and Registrar of the SANC says: “It is regrettable that the public and the nursing fraternity have been misled and provided with factually incorrect information by persons who may not be well vested with these issues. Non-approval of submitted curriculums that do not comply with the minimum requirements does not constitute delays by the SANC.”

... read Press Release 9 of 2018

2018 World Stroke Day

22 October 2018

A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Without blood, brain cells can be damaged or die, depending on which part of the brain is affected and how quickly the person is treated. The effects of stroke on survivors can be devastating to a person’s body, mobility and speech as well as how they think and feel.

The World Stroke Organization reports that around 80 million people in the world today have experienced a stroke and over 50 million survivors live with some form of permanent disability as a result.

The South African Nursing Council will be joining the world in the commemoration of World Stroke Day on 29 October 2018. Ms Sizo Mchunu, Registrar and CEO says: “The SANC, as the governing body of the nursing profession and nursing education, would like to urge the public and nurses alike to make sure that they act fast if they suspect that someone has symptoms of a stroke as the ability to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke can mean the difference between life and death. Look out for the following signs and symptoms: droop or uneven smile, arm numbness or weakness, slurred speech, vision troubles, and overall fatigue.” 

Six key facts about stroke treatment:

bullet Early recognition makes a big difference, 
bullet Around one in ten more people make an excellent recovery when cared for in a specialized unit,
bullet Clot-busting drugs (TPA or Thromolysis) increase the chance of a good outcome by 30%,
bullet Clot retrieval treatment increases the chance of a good outcome by more than 50%, 
bullet Rehabilitation is a critical step in treatment process, and
bullet One in four survivors will have another stroke. 

A stroke can happen to anyone, at any time, and at any age. Save a life by knowing what signs and symptoms to look for and act immediately.

... read Press Release 8 of 2018

SANC Virtual Office to visit provinces

31 August 2018

The SANC Virtual Office (previously called the Outreach Roadshow) will be doing its annual visit to the provinces from September – December 2018 to offer limited services e.g. payment of annual licensing fees, selling of distinguishing devices and provision of SANC general information.


Below is the schedule for the remaining provinces:



Date Time Venue
12-13 November 2018 8:30 - 16:30 Rob Ferreira Hospital: Hospital Auditorium
14 November 2018 8:30 - 16:30 Ermelo Hospital: Dining Hall
15-16 November 2018 8:30 - 16:30 Middleburg Hospital



Date Time Venue
19 November 2018 8:30 - 16:30 Jane Furse Hospital
20-22 November 2018 8:30 - 16:30 Pietersburg Hospital
23 November 2018 8:30 - 16:30 FH Odendaal Hospital



Date Time Venue
28-29 November 2018 8:30 - 16:30 Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital: Recreational Hall
30 November 2018 8:30 - 16:30 Ann Latsky Nursing College: Behind Helen Joseph Hospital



Date Time Venue
3 December 2018 8:30 - 16:30 Sebokeng Hospital: Nursing Home
4-5 December 2018 8:30 - 16:30 Bertha Gxowa Hospital: Kobie Muller Hall
6-7 December 2018 8:30 - 16:30 Bonalesedi Nursing College: Inside Leratong Hospital


The SANC will be offering limited services under the following terms and conditions:

bulletNO CASH will be accepted for any SANC-prescribed payments or buying of distinguishing devices – only debit or credit cards
bulletBring SANC reference numbers instead of ID numbers for processing of APCs
bulletNo limitation on the number of people you can pay for. Ensure your daily limit is increased with the bank
bulletOnly one bank card will be accepted for payments to avoid delays
bulletAll electronic payments: APCs will be sent through the post
bulletRestorations will only be processed by the SANC head office after the visit. Only white receipts will be issued as proof of payment.



bulletOnly ONE PAIR per person will be issued
bulletBring your ORIGINAL GREEN IDENTITY BOOK OR SMART CARD for verification
bulletIf a nurse is buying on behalf of a colleague, he/she must also bring his/her original green identity book or smart card
bulletIf buying on behalf of a colleague, the form must be completed and signed by the OWNER and attached must be a CERTIFIED COPY of ID or smart card
bulletAll electronic purchases: Devices will be sent through the post.


2018 World Hepatitis Day

25 July 2018


Hepatitis causes more than one million deaths a year and is one of the largest global health threats of our time. 

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver and causes two in every three liver cancer deaths. There are 5 main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. Types B and C lead to chronic disease in hundreds of millions of people and, together, are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and cancer.


Remember: Testing is the only way to know if you are infected – Test, then Treat.

... read Press Release 6 of 2018

Annual Fees for 2019

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

MEDIA RELEASE: 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

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

23 March 2018

The purpose of this document is to update the Nursing profession and relevant Stakeholders about the Council’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and specifically the planning and implementation progress thereof. 

... read Circular 3 of 2018

Nurses now receive 10% discount when using the Greyhound bus service

 29 January 2018

Great news!

Nurses registered with the SANC now receive 10% off on all bus travel via Greyhound!

Contact Greyhound directly via their Facebook page: GreyhoundSA or on Twitter: @GreyhoundRSA

SANC Examinations Schedule for 2018

 17 November 2017

The Schedule for all Examinations to be held in 2018, is now available. 

2018 Examinations Schedule

Illegal Intermediaries for APCs 

3 March 2016

Kindly take note that any service provider offering services to obtain your Annual Practicing Certificate on your behalf is doing so without the approval of the South African Nursing Council.

SANC Management strongly advise against nursing practitioners making use of such service providers as you are providing outsiders with your private information that can be used in fraudulent activities ... Read more ...

Accreditation of Nursing Education Programmes and Nursing Education Institutions by the South African Nursing Council

28 July 2014

The Nursing Council has issued a strong warning that all Nursing Education Programmes and all Nursing Education Institutions in South Africa must be accredited by the South African Nursing Council .

Any education programme or institution which is not accredited is illegal and such training will not be recognised by SANC or any other country.

Any information that you may receive which is contradictory to the above is incorrect and you are warned not to be mislead by such information.    More...

Nursing Council Circulars and Press Releases

Index to 2018 Circulars and Press Releases

An index of all circulars and press releases issued by South African Nursing Council during 2018 - with links to each.

Earlier Circular and Press Releases

Earlier circulars and press releases can be found under the Archive section of this website.


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