Circular 12/2014

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30 September 2014

To: Nursing Education Institutions
National Department of Health
Provincial Departments of Health
All Stakeholders

Extension to offer Supplementary and Post Basic (Additional) Qualifications including the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to Registration as a General Nurse or Psychiatric Nurse



To inform all stakeholder about the Council resolutions on the above mentioned subject.


The end date of enrolment for the Legacy Nursing Qualifications is 30 June 2015, with a teach out period of two years as prescribed by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).  The production of Professional Nurses will be severely affected if the above mentioned programmes are stopped while regulations for the new programmes such as the Postgraduate Diploma for Nurse/Midwife Specialist are not yet promulgated.  It is against this background that the Council resolved to extend the period for offering the following Legacy Nursing Education and Training Programmes:

1.1    Course Leading to Registration as Midwife (Government Notice No. R.254 of 14 February 1975 as amended)

1.2    Course Leading to Registration as Psychiatric Nurse (Government Notice No. R.880 of 2 May 1975 as amended)

1.3    Course Leading to the Diploma in Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment, Treatment and Care (Government Notice No. R.48 of 22 January 1982 as amended)

1.4    Course in Clinical Nursing Science Leading to Registration of an Additional Qualification (Government Notice No. R.212 of 19 February 1993 as amended)

A special concession has been given for the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses Leading to Registration as a General Nurse or Psychiatric Nurse (Government Notice No. R.683 of 14 April 1989 as amended).  The end date of enrolment for the Bridging Course (R.683) is 1 January 2017 and the end date of this qualification is 31 December 2020.

The end date of enrolment for other courses mentioned above will be determined in due course and providers will be informed accordingly.

This circular becomes implementable on the date of its issue.

For further clarity on this circular, you are advised to contact the Senior Manager: Education and Training; Dr S.W. Mkhize.

Yours sincerely



Mr. T. Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council


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