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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). 


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#SANCnews June-July 2020

31 July 2020

Welcome to the fifth 2020 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 June-July Newsletter

2021 Annual Fees

23 July 2020




The annual fees for the calendar year 2021 for different categories of practitioners are provided in the table below:

Registered Nurses and Midwives R700.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R418.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R293.00


The Council has resolved to introduce reduced fees for nurses 60 years of age and over as per the table below:

1.2.1 60 TO 64 YEARS OF AGE ON 1 JANUARY 2021 (25% REDUCTION)

Registered Nurses and Midwives R525.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R314.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R220.00


Registered Nurses and Midwives R350.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R209.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R157.00

NB: To qualify for the discount amounts, practitioners may be required to submit a certified copy of their identity document in order to confirm their age.


The annual fees for 2021 must be received by the SANC on or before 31 December 2020.

The amounts in the tables above all include 15% VAT.



The restoration fees for different categories applicable from 1 January 2021 are shown in the following table.

Registered Nurses and Midwives R2 100.00 R146.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R1 254.00 R146.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R878.00 R146.00
Retired Nurses R146.00 R146.00



The reduced restoration fee only applies to a practitioner:

bullet Who must have been removed from the register at his/her own request; or
bullet Who must be 60 years of age or older on 1 January 2021. However, this must be confirmed with the Council before paying the reduced amount.



A Nurse Practitioner who no longer wishes to practise in South Africa or who is unemployed, may request, in writing, a voluntary removal of his/her name from the register, by completing the form available from the SANC. If a voluntary removal is granted by the SANC, the nurse practitioner’s name will be removed accordingly on the 31 December of the year in which the application is received. Once removed, the nurse practitioner will no longer be required to pay annual fees while he/she is removed from the register. 

If the nurse practitioner requires reinstatement onto the register, he/she will, in addition to paying the reduced restoration fee, be required to complete a Restoration Form. It must be noted that practising while not being registered is illegal.



Please note that for the calendar year 2021, the closing date for the payment of annual fees is 31 December 2020. Payments must reach the SANC bank account on or before the closing date. You are, therefore, urged not to leave payment for the last minute to avoid problems associated with making payments at year end. Remember: Bank transfers from non-FNB banks may take up to 3 working days and you are therefore advised to pay well in advance to meet 31 December 2020 deadline.



Please note that other fees and fees payable by institutions will be applicable with effect from 01 January 2021.



The signing of Resolution 3 of 2019 in September 2019 by the National Department of Health together with major trade unions in Public Health and Social Development Sectoral Bargaining Council (PHSDSBC) brought into effect the implementation of Persal deductions in 2020 for all employees falling under the scope of the PHSDSBC.

As a result of this agreement, affected nurse practitioners are urged not to pay the annual fees on their own as the employers are required to pay on their behalf in terms of Resolution 3 of 2019. 



The SANC has made an eRegister facility available on the SANC website which can be utilised by employers to verify the registration status of all nurse practitioners in their employment. Employers are urged to utilise this facility in the absence of a physical Annual Practising Certificate (APC). Visit: for more details. 



Community Service Practitioners are not eligible to be issued with an APC and therefore should NOT pay annual fees. They MUST pay a conversion fee on completion of their Community Service in order to be registered as Nurse Practitioners using the REGFPRA registration fee code instead of ANLFEES (e.g. 12345678REGFPRA).

Delayed registrations of nurses are resulting from late submisions of applications to the SANC

12 June 2020


During a time when the world is facing one of its worst crisis, especially in the area of healthcare, the South African Nursing Council (SANC) has continued its commitment towards the nursing profession and the registration of nurses to enable them to practice.


The SANC recognises and understands the need for as many registered nurses as possible to assist with the Covid-19 pandemic and as a result has also offered free restoration into the Nursing Register to nurses who want to assist for the period of the COVID-19 National State of Disaster.


It is disheartening in the midst of a crisis of this magnitude to find that there is still misinformation causing misperceptions that ultimately result in damaging the SANC’s image and work.

.. read the entire Press Release 5 of 2020


SANC Office opening on Monday 8 June 2020

5 June 2020

Dear Nurses and Stakeholders

Following the pronouncement of Alert Level 3 by the President of South Africa, the SANC Senior Management team has been working on site since Monday, 1 June to ensure a safe SANC environment for the return of staff to the office and for access by the SANC clients and stakeholders.

The SANC office will therefore be open to the public as of Monday, 8 June with strict measures to protect both clients and staff.



The following will be effected:


Everyone visiting the office must wear a face mask;


The required social distancing will be duly applied in and outside the building;


Temperature screening at the entrance by Security guards;


Assessment questionnaire will be provided to be completed by all visitors;


Sanitizer will be made available at the entrance; and


Only 10 people at a time will enter the building. This is in compliance with requirements as informed by the building size.


We are looking forward to seeing you again and be of assistance.

Incorrect published Regulations regarding Scope of Practice for Nurses and Midwives

27 May 2020


The National Department of Health published the above Regulations in Government Gazette No. 43305 published on 12 May 2020 for public comments for a period of one month. It was discovered after publication that an incorrect version of the Regulations was published. The National Department of Health regrets this error. The correct version of the Regulations will be published in due course to enable the public to comment.


Factual informaton on R425 Registered Nurse, R174 Professional Nurse and Midwife, and R171 General Nurse

25 May 2020

The South African Nursing Council has become aware through various media platforms that there is misinformation regarding the status of the current and future status of the four(4)- year degree/diploma nursing programme (Regulations Relating to the Approval of and the Minimum Requirements for the Education and Training of a Nurse (General, Psychiatric and Community) and Midwife leading to Registration-Government Notice No. R. 425 of 22 February 1985 as amended) and possibly other qualifications. This has caused confusion to the profession and the public at large.


1. Current status of the Four year (4) Degree and Diploma programme. (R.425)
This is a legacy nursing qualification that is being phased out like all other legacy qualifications in the country, in line with the requirements of the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework and as supported by the Board Notice published in the Government Gazette by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation in July 2016. The last intake for this programme was 2019. It must be noted however that the programme leading to this qualification continues and is going to continue being offered for pipeline students for the next four (4) to six (6) academic years including 2 years teach-out period.


This programme will for some years run concurrently with the new four-year Bachelor programme. These two qualifications are mutually exclusive qualifications and none is a replacement of the other.


Any person that completed the R. 425 programme leading to Registration with the SANC as a Nurse (General, Psychiatric and Community) and Midwife shall retain this title and qualification and shall not be "degraded" or "demoted" in any way.


On completion of the R. 425 programme, graduates and diplomats from the four-year programme will be registered by the South African Nursing Council as Nurse (General, Community & Psychiatric) and Midwife. This programme will not under any circumstances be downgraded or changed in any way. It will run its course until it is naturally phased out in about 6 years.

No downgrading of the four-year R425 Course
The profession needs to note that the Registered Nurse qualifying from this programme will not be downgraded in anyway whatsoever. Section 31 (1) (c) of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act no. 33 OF 2005), prescribed a category Staff Nurse. Following various changes in legislation, particularly the National Qualifications Framework Act, it became necessary that the nursing qualifications fit within the country’s qualification framework.
As a result, the Category "General Nurse" was created through a board notice published in Government Gazette R.939 of 28 June 2019 by the Minister of Health. This programme will have a duration of three years and is not a replacement of any other qualification.



2. Future four- year programme (R.174)

This is a new four-year programme governed by Regulations Relating to the Approval of and the Minimum Requirements for the Education and Training of a Learner leading to Registration in the Categories Professional Nurse and Midwife (Government Notice No. R174 of 8 March 2013).

Several Universities and Public Nursing Colleges were accredited by the Council to offer the programme. The SANC is aware that they have opted to commence with the offering of this programme in 2021.



Further information for students:
Students that are currently undergoing the R 425 programme should therefore not panic due to misinformation and disinformation from informal sources. They are encouraged to enquire and seek clarity from their principals regarding the uncertainties. The Heads of Nursing Education Institutions can if necessary enquire and be duly and formally advised by the SANC.


On behalf of the CEO& Registrar:
Ms S Mchunu

SANC - Appreciating the role of nurses in society on International Nurses' Day May 2020

1 May 2020

The global nursing community is celebrating International Nurses Day on 12 May 2020. The World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife” in honour of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.

How fitting is this theme during the Covid-19 crisis, where nurses are at the forefront of the crisis and serve as the backbone of the profession, often at great cost to themselves and their families. Nurses have never been thrown into the spotlight the way they are now, and have never been needed more. Daily, we are faced with stories of nurses’ compassion, selfless acts, courage and dedication in the midst of this crisis.

The SA Nursing Council is adding its full support to International Nurses Day 2020 with the Council-approved theme: Appreciating the role of nurses in society. This theme carries even more value during the Covid-19 outbreak, as the value of nurses and nursing become paramount in our fight for survival. The SANC is therefore proud to announce the launch of the SANC Nursing Excellence Awards as of 2020. The Awards will focus on conferring annual merit awards for outstanding service by nurses and providing a means for recognizing the contributions of nurses to the profession and to the public.

Nursing is a noble profession which requires the highest degree of professionalism, dedication and care. The health system cannot function without nursing as its backbone. But the stress that nurses work under daily cannot be under-estimated, especially during this pandemic.

Ms S Mchunu, Registrar and CEO: “We acknowledge the efforts and sacrifices made by nurses daily, and especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the Year of the Nurse in so many ways. We urge nurses and employers to remember that their health and safety are of key importance in the fight against this pandemic. We wish the nurses in South Africa a memorable International Nurses Day. Let us keep alive the words by the late Florence Nightingale: ‘For the sick it is important to have the best’”.’”.

Video link:

SANC Professional Conduct Hearings

May 2020

Dear Nurses, Clients and Stakeholders

Kindly note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Professional Conduct Hearings that were scheduled to be held at the offices of the South African Nursing Council from the 11th to the 13th of May 2020 is hereby formally postponed until further notice.

If you have received a summons or a subpoena to appear at these hearings, please note, we will be in contact with you in due course to inform you of the new arrangements.

Restoration of nurses to the SANC nursing register for National State of Disaster period: Private Hospitals

1 May 2020

Dear Stakeholder

Please note that the process for private hospitals is the same as for Provincial Departments of Health, with the following exceptions:

1. All Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA)- affiliated health establishments will be handled via HASA directly – the process has been communicated to and agreed upon by HASA. The contact person is Lauren Drysdale at email:

2. Private hospitals NOT affiliated to HASA will follow the process as set out below and submit the list per hospital. If you need clarity on this process kindly contact Mr Patrick Modiselle at email:

The process, in short:
bulletPosition/s are advertised by the Employer, who will do the screenings for the positions (nature of engagement agreed upon between practitioner and health establishment).
bulletThe form has been sent to HASA (The form is also on the SANC website as a backup).
bulletOnce an employment or engagement agreement is reached with the employing health establishment, HASA (or if a private hospital it can be sent to the SANC if not affiliated to HASA) sends a bulk pack of applications to the SANC for processing.
bulletThe SANC will issue the certificate letters to the Employer as proof of registration of a Nurse with the SANC.
bulletThe Employer then communicates to the Nurses as they issue letters of engagement.
bulletNo individual applications can be sent to the SANC for processing.

NB: Registration lapses immediately upon lifting of the National State of Disaster.

Restoration Form for Private Hospitals

SANC offers free restoration to qualifying nurses during COVID-19 National State of Disaster

20 April 2020

The SANC notes and applauds the efforts by Government and in particular the Ministry of Health in the fight against the coronavirus, and the dedication to the health of all South Africans.

In support of these efforts, the South African Nursing Council (SANC) is pleased to announce a further solution to have more nurses available to assist during the crisis. Any nurse, who for the period of the COVID-19 National State of Disaster, wants to be restored back onto the Nurse Register for the sole purpose of rendering services and aiding in the prevention of the spread of Covid-19 or the treatment of affected patients, and is currently not on the Nursing Register, may restore and be registered at a fee of R0.00.

The Board Notice regarding this special concession was published in the Government Gazette on 9 April already, but it was important that the process had to be communicated by the Department of Health on provincial level first to ensure a stream-lined and simplified restoration process. Thus said, it is important to note that this process of restoration for the said period will be done via the relevant departments e.g. Department of Health, Department of Correctional Services and South African Military Health Services. Nurses cannot restore individually for this process. The SANC has created a simplified restoration form to assist the respective departments with the process. Upon completion of the form, the departments will then provide same to the SANC with a list of all the nurses to be restored for the National State of Disaster period only. The completed form, available on the SANC website, must be submitted to the respective Provincial Departments of Health together with application sent in response to the advertisement.

Says the SANC Registrar and CEO, Ms Sizo Mchunu: “It is important that nurses note that this is an exception to the normal restoration rules and that this restoration will expire at the end of the National State of Disaster, as will be pronounced by the President of South Africa. These Nurses’ names will then be removed from the Register and the normal restoration process and fees will then apply for those who choose to remain registered in order to practice nursing.”

The SANC calls for calm and patience on the side of the public during this outbreak and implores the public to keep in mind that nurses work long hours and under gruelling pressure during this outbreak while at the same time they also have families that they worry about.

If we all make a concerted effort, together, we will be able to #flattenthecurve.

.. COVID-19 Restoration Form

.. Press Release 2 of 2020


The HRSC, in assisting Government with information, is still running the survey below and requests that nurse practitioners, on a voluntary basis, respond to the survey questionnaire. 

Your opinion is important, please assist.


Postponement of examinations conducted by the South African Nursing Council

15 April 2020


The purpose of this Circular is to inform the National Department of Health, Provincial Departments of Health, Nursing Education Institutions and relevant stakeholders about the postponement of the May 2020 examinations. 


The State President’s proclamation on extension of “lockdown” for non-essential services to the end of April 2020 has necessitated that the South African Nursing Council (SANC) postpones the examination that was supposed to be conducted from 4 May 2020. 


The new examination dates will be communicated when the SANC reopens for business from 4 May 2020.

.. Circular 6 of 2020

Cover for Healthcare workers during Covid-19 by Old Mutual

9 April 2020


Impact of Coronavirus outbreak on Nursing Education and Training

25 March 2020


The purpose of this circular is to provide:

bullet 1.1 supportive guidance /reminder to Nursing Education Institutions on managing interrupted teaching and learning activities, in respect of students nurses and midwives.
bullet 1.2 information to the National Department of Health, Provincial Departments of Health, and relevant stakeholders in respect of point 1.1 above. 



bullet 2.1 The Declaration of “a national state of disaster” by the State President on 15 March 2020, followed by pronouncement by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, on 17 March 2020, on measures to deal with COVID-19 threat in the post-school Education and Training Sector, refers. The South African Nursing Council supports, unequivocally, the measures and initiatives put in place by the South African Government in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
bullet 2.2 The following, regarding academic breaks and academic interruptions for Student Nurses and Student Midwives in Nursing, need to be noted:
o Students in the Post-School Education and Training Sector, specifically Universities, ordinarily have recesses in line with university calendars.
o Student Nurses and Student Midwives in the rest of Nursing Education Institutions do not have recesses but normally take an annual leave which is scheduled by the respective Nursing Education Institutions, in collaboration with health establishments where they are placed for clinical teaching and learning.
bullet 2.3 Despite these different arrangements, Student Nurses and Student Midwives are expected to meet the same specified theoretical and clinical/practical requirements in line with the requirements of the relevant nursing programme.
bullet 2.4 The pronouncement by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, that all Post-School Institutions must close on 18 March 2020 is inclusive of “the CET Colleges, private higher education institutions and colleges, as well as all training colleges which are managed by other ministries, such as Nursing, Agricultural and other Colleges”.



While theoretical provisioning may continue through various distance learning modalities, Student Nurses and Midwives may not be able to meet the clinical/practical requirements of the their respective programmes, depending on the duration of the academic interruption. 



The Heads of Nursing Education Institutions are advised to:

bullet 4.1 Comply with the pronouncement by both the President of the country and the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation;
bullet 4.2 Explore, while contact teaching is hampered, various alternative methods to enhance theoretical provisioning; and
bullet 4.3 Work on tentative recovery plans for implementation once the academic activities resume, that will ensure that more attention is given to clinical/ practical teaching and learning. The recovery plans should be kept as reference records for possible future discussions with the South African Nursing Council, where necessary.



The examination conducted by SANC will go ahead as planned unless circumstances regarding the outbreak warrant that the SANC reschedules and in that event, the SANC will inform the candidates and the relevant stakeholders in due course. 



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


... Circular 5 of 2020

SANC: Nurse are at the forefront of the Coronavirus

25 March 2020

Following the Presidential pronouncement on 23 March 2020 regarding the coronavirus outbreak, the South African Nursing Council has made a decision to also shut down operations at the SANC building as of Friday, 27 March 2020 as part of the President’s call for control of the outbreak.

During a crucial time in nursing, this does not mean that the SANC will not be available or that services come to a standstill. We have introduced several measures to ensure business continuation with key staff members working from home with the necessary means of connection via WIFI, amongst other measures.

We also remind you that you can use the tools already made available by the SANC for service delivery e.g. the eRegister to verify registration, the service emails as posted on the SANC website and social media pages, faxes, etc. 

In addition, payments can still be made via electronic banking. A reminder about the relevant codes and banking details to be used when you do make a payment is listed below this communication for your convenience.

As distinguishing devices need to be posted or collected physically, we regret that this service will not be available during the shutdown period. All orders received will be processed as soon as the building has opened for operations again.

Your cooperation is appreciated. We pray for your well-being and protection during these trying times.


The Registrar and CEO: SA Nursing Council

... Circular 4 of 2020



A list of payment codes provided below will assist the SANC in detecting payments easily from our account so that deposits can be processed speedily.


Description Code
Admission of guilt fines ADGUILT
Annual Fees ANLFEES
Application Fees (foreign applications) APPFEES
Certificate of Status Fee CETSFEE
Replacement Certificate Fee DUPCFEE
Examination Fees (foreign application exams) EXAMFEE
Extract Fees (extract from the register) EXTRFEE
Late Entry Fees (foreign exam applicants) LATEFEE
Registration Fees (additional qualifications) ADDQUAL
Registration Fees (assessors, moderators, verifiers) ASSESSR
Registration Fees (practitioners) REGFPRA
Remarking Fees (exams) REMAFEE
Restoration Fees RESTFEE
Transcript of Training Fees TRANFEE
Verification Fees VERIFEE
Purchasing of Distinguishing Devices SALEDDS
Purchasing of Printed Matter (Nursing Act, regulations, etc.) PRINMAT
Other fees or payments (not mentioned above) OTHRFEE


SANC Banking details for INDIVIDUAL payments:

Bank Name: First National Bank
Branch Name: Corporate Core Banking - Pretoria
Branch Code: 253145
Business Trading Name: S A Nursing Council
Account Number: 514 211 86 193
Reference: SANC reference number followed by the relevant code



Description Code
Accreditation Fees - Nursing Education Institution ACFLEEN
Accreditation Fees - Reaccreditation of a Nursing Education Institution ACFRENE
Accreditation Fees - Nursing Education Programme ACFNEPR
Annual Nursing Education Institution Fee ANNFNEI
Application Fees APFAPCE
Audit Visit Fees AUDVFEE
Examination Fees (candidates) EXAMFEE
Focus Visit Fees (clinical facilities) FVFCLNC
Focus Visit Fees (nursing education institution) FVFENEI
Late Entry Fees (exam candidates) LATEFEE
Registration Fees (additional qualifications) ADDQUAL
Registration Fees (learners) REGFLEN
Registration Fees (practitioners) REGFPRA
Purchasing of Printed Matter (Nursing Act, regulations, etc.) PRINMAT
Other fees or payments (not mentioned above) OTHRFEE


Please Note: To expedite the processing of transactions for payments made by direct deposits, nurse practitioners are requested to fax or email the proof of payment and prescribed SANC forms such as restoration forms, distinguishing devices form, registration form etc. to the contact details as provided on the form


SANC Banking details for BULK payments:

Bank Name: First National Bank
Branch Name: Corporate Core Banking - Pretoria
Branch Code: 253145
Account Name: S A Nursing Council
Account Number: 514 251 66 282
Reference: Company Name or School S-number

SANC: Nurse are at the forefront of the Coronavirus

19 March 2020

The coronavirus outbreak is escalating and the burden on the healthcare system is increasing daily. Nurses are at the forefront of the healthcare system and therefore also of this outbreak, and crucial in combating this virus. The South African Nursing Council (SANC) would like to commend all nurses responsible for caring for those infected and dealing with long queues to assist patients.

Generally, Nurses are educated and trained in principles, guidelines and protocols regarding infection prevention and control and these continue to apply, regardless of the type of infection. However, employers remain responsible for, and are urged, to keep supporting nurses and providing additional supplies for infection control.

The SANC also implores employers to ensure that nurses have personal protective equipment (PPE) and access to running water to assist them to safely execute their duties. As the backbone of healthcare it is imperative that we protect the nursing staff as this will assist in curbing the spread of the virus and sustaining a healthy workforce.

The SANC calls on the public to keep nurses in mind and in their prayers – they are at risk and exposed, work long hours, deal with long queues and work under difficult circumstances while their own families are at home coping with the outbreak by themselves.

The public is reminded to always adhere to the following outbreak prevention guidelines: Maintain your distance from other people, wash your hands as per the approved protocol, sanitize your hands, do not cough or sneeze into your hands and do not touch your face. If you do suspect that you are infected please remember to dial the hotline numbers first, as going to a hospital or clinic directly means you are placing others at risk of infection. These hotline numbers are operational 24-hours a day: 0800 029 999 and 0800 111 132.

We call for calm. If we all work together and follow the guidelines, we will assist in curbing the spread.

COVID-19 process flow for Healthcare professions

5 March 2020

For more information, please visit the website:

Note: The SANC is communicating this information on request of the NICD . It remains the responsibility of the Employer to ensure that the nurses are well trained to cope with the virus.

Examinations conducted by the South African Nursing Council

28 January 2020


The purpose of this Circular is to inform/update the National Department of Health, Provincial Departments of Health, Nursing Education Institutions and relevant stakeholders about the following:

bullet Current and future examination practices of the South African Nursing Council (SANC);
bullet Language to be utilized for all South African Nursing Council examinations.


2.1 The South Africa Nursing Council has been conducting examinations and appointing examiners and moderators in accordance with section 4 (1) (c) of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005).

These examinations have been conducted for the following ‘legacy’ nursing programmes:


4.1 Implications:

4.1.1 The question papers are going to be in the English language only;
4.1.2 Candidates would be expected to use English when writing the examinations;
4.1.3 Should any other language besides English be used when writing an examination, such scripts will not be marked; and 
4.1.4 It is the responsibility of the NEIs to draw the attention of learners to the content of this Circular.


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

... read Circular 3 of 2020

State of readiness for the offering of nursing education programmes towards Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF)-aligned nursing qualifications

17 January 2020

The purpose of this Circular is to provide an update to the National Department of Health, Provincial Departments of Health, Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) and other relevant stakeholders about the state of readiness of public and private nursing education institutions to offer nursing programmes leading to Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF)-aligned nursing qualifications. 

The long-awaited implementation of the nursing education programmes towards the HEQSF-aligned nursing qualifications has now materialized. This follows lengthy and drawn-out processes over a period of several years, as well as the South African Nursing Council’s fruitful collaboration with critical partners to ensure that this was achieved. The SANC can now confirm that several educational institutions, both public and private, which have complied with accreditation requirements and criteria are already accredited and their names have been published on the SANC website. 

A series of processes and events took place, which culminated in the transition from the process of the phasing out of legacy qualifications and the phasing in of HEQSF-aligned nursing qualifications. Several ‘enablers’, both legislative and otherwise, facilitated the transition. This includes the following:

... read Circular 1 of 2020

South African Nursing Council Examination Schedule - 2020

11 December 2019

Attached is the Examination Schedule for 2020

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

bulletThe closing date for the examinations should be strictly adhered to and no exceptions or allowances will be made to extend these dates.
bulletOnly 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.
bulletCandidates 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 9 of 2019

SANC warns against intake for nurses' Bridging course

14 October 2019

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) notes with concern that Clinix Health Group/Academy has published an advertisement for applications for admission into the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to Registration as General Nurse.


“The public is again reminded that the last intake for the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as a General Nurse was in June 2019, and this institution is thus not approved for an intake for the Bridging Course. Enrolled Nurses are warned NOT to deposit money into an account of any institution for this programme. The SANC will not register any students who register for this course,” says Ms Sizo Mchunu, Registrar and CEO.

... read the entire Press Release 5 of 2019

Special concession by SANC

31 May 2019


The purpose of this Circular is to update the National Department of Health, Provincial Departments of Health, Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) and other relevant stakeholders about the following matters:

1.1 Special concession granted by the South African Nursing Council to qualifying Nursing Education Institutions to have a final intake of students in 2019 for the following nursing programmes:

bullet Course leading to registration as a Nurse (General, Psychiatric and Community) and Midwife (Government Notice No. R.425 of 22 February 1985, as amended);
bullet Course in Clinical Nursing Science leading to registration of an Additional Qualification (Government Notice No. R.212 of 19 February 1993, as amended);
bullet Diploma course in Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment, Treatment and Care (Government Notice No. R.48 of 22 January 1982, as amended);
bullet Course leading to registration of the Additional Qualification in Nursing Education (Government Notice No. R.118 of 23 January 1987, as amended);
bullet Course for the Diploma in Nursing Administration (Government Notice No. R.1501 of 08 July 1983, as amended).

1.2 De-accreditation of Nursing Education Institutions that are only accredited to offer the phased out nursing qualifications, as follows:

bullet Course leading to enrolment as a Nursing Auxiliary (Government Notice No. R.2176 of 19 November 1993, as amended);
bullet Course leading to enrolment as an Enrolled Nurse (Government Notice No. R.2175 of 19 November 1993, as amended).


... read the entire Circular 5 of 2019

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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