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#SANCnews October 2019

31 October 2019

Welcome to the ninth 2019 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 Newsletter

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Annual fees for 2020

7 June 2019



The annual fees for the calendar year 2020 for different categories of practitioners are provided in the table below:

Registered Nurses and Midwives R670.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R400.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R280.00

... read the entire Circular 6 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:

.... read the entire Circular 5 of 2019

SANC responds to claims regarding training of nurses

6 May 2019

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) notes with concern the recent article in the news by Solidarity’s Occupational Guild for Nursing regarding the training of nurses in South Africa.

According to the article South Africa is experiencing critical problems with regards to the training of nurses, with Mr Hennie Bierman, Head of the Occupational Guild for Nursing is quoted as saying: “…. the SANC’s ineffectiveness has a negative impact on the finalisation of regulations on nursing training”.

The statement is factually incorrect. The SANC has developed and duly submitted all regulations regarding the offering of the new nursing programmes. Regulations relating to undergraduate programmes were promulgated by the Minister as far back as 2013 including regulations for the accreditation of institutions as Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs). Those regarding the offering of post-graduate diploma programmes were completed and submitted in 2017. The Department of Health has been processing and continues to process these regulations and consults with the South African Nursing Council as it deems fit. It is not clear which Regulations the article is referring to as there are no outstanding regulations for offering of the Undergraduate programmes that have not been developed by the SANC and duly submitted to the Department of Health.

..... read the full Media Release 3 of 2019

SANC announces partnership with Government on Annual Fee collection

1 April 2019

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) has been and continues to be mindful of the challenges that nurse practitioners, employers and the SANC experience during the annual fees collection period, mostly affecting receipt of Annual Practising Certificates (APCs).


It is therefore our pleasure to announce that a solution we have been working on steadfastly has now come to fruition, and will make a hugely positive impact on the annual registration process – no more queues and no need to travel to the SANC Head Office in Pretoria to make your annual payment,” says Ms Sizo Mchunu, Registrar and CEO.

A proposal made to the Department of Health by the SANC to have annual fees collected through PERSAL, has resulted in the Public Health and Social Development Sectoral Bargaining Council (PHSDSBC) taking the following resolution:

Resolution 02 of 2018: Agreement on Payment of Annual Statutory Registration Fees in respect of Health Care Occupations for the Health and Social Development Departments.

Summarily, the agreement captures the following, among others:

bullet Recognition that payment of annual registration fees to statutory bodies is a mandatory legal requirement and that such registration is a requirement for employment and practising in the health and social development sector
bullet Deduction of professional registration fees from salaries of employees
bullet Payment of such statutory fees to Statutory Council by the employer on behalf of employees
bullet The commitment is that the implementation date for this arrangement is year 2019.


The implementation process has begun between the Department of Health, PHSDSBC and the SANC for implementation in 2019. Nurses affected will be informed officially as soon as the process is ready. 

... Media Release 2 of 2019


South African Nursing Council Examination Schedule - 2019

Attached is the Examination Schedule for 2019

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 6 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

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...

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