8 September 2008
Increases in Nursing Council Fees
South African Nursing Council has contained the increase to its fees for the last two years. Due to factors beyond our control we regret to inform you that it has become necessary to increase fees at this time. The decision of Council to increase fees was influenced largely by inflation and the new legislative requirements which placed a drastic increase in resource demands on the Council. The Nursing Act, 2005 promulgated in February 2008 has imposed a number of new regulatory responsibilities and processes which must be performed by the Nursing Council and fulfillment of these require an increase of resources to establish.
Examples of additional regulatory responsibilities include:
Nursing Council wishes to assure stakeholders that it is committed to a programme of continuous improvement of service delivery through systems improvement and the use of technology. We have also ensured that the increased fees remain in line with or lower than all other professional fees for health workers in South Africa.
You are hereby notified that increases in South African Nursing Council fees have been published in Government Gazette No. 31374 dated 5 September 2008. This circular contains details of all the increased fees and the dates from which they will be applied.
Copies of Government Gazette No. 31374 of 5 September 2008 are attached to this circular for your information. Copies of the Government Gazette can be purchased from the Government Printers.
The Annual Fees for 2009 will increase from the date of publication of the notice in the Gazette. For practical purposes, the increased Annual Fees for 2009 will be payable for all amounts received on or after Wednesday 1 October 2008.
This means that in respect of payments for 2009 Annual Fees made prior to 1 October 2008:
1. A person who has paid the annual fee (in full) prior to the above date will not have to pay the difference between the old and the new fees.
2. If fees have been paid via postal services and the posting date on the article is before 1 October 2008, the person will not be expected to pay the difference.
3. If fees have been paid electronically and the payment appears on the Nursing Council bank statement before 1 October 2008, the person will not be expected to pay the difference. In this regard, please check the rules of your own banking institution regarding the effective date for payments made electronically. Council will not make any exceptions in this regard since these rules form part of the electronic banking agreement between the client and the banking institution.
The Restoration Fees will increase with effect from Wednesday 1 October 2008.
The following fees will also increase with effect from Wednesday 1 October 2008.
Please note that the above fees all include VAT at the current rate of 14%.