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News from South African Nursing Council


#SANCnews January 2020

3 February 2020

Welcome to the first 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 January Newsletter

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.


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.

... read Circular 3 of 2020

SANC position statement on issuing of Sick Notes by Professional Nurse Practitioners

29 January 2020


The South African Nursing Council (SANC) is mandated in terms of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005) to regulate the Nursing and Midwifery professions by establishing and maintaining nursing education, training as well as practice standards. The SANC advocates on behalf of the public in matters concerning nursing by monitoring compliance with Regulatory prescripts. The SANC is cognizant of the constant changing environment, legislation and relevant policies that affect and impact on the nursing profession. 

The SANC is currently inundated with enquiries regarding issuing of sick notes by nurses and midwives. 

... read Special News Item 1 of 2020

Rescindment of Circular 3 of 2013: Database for post-basic programmes proposal for new fields of specialization in nursing

17 January 2020

By resolution of Council taken at its meeting held on 27-28 November 2019, the South African Nursing Council (SANC) hereby rescinds circular 3 of 2013 in its entirety. As a statutory body established to set and maintain standards of Nursing Education, ...

... read Circular 2 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


26 November 2019

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) is cognizant of a number of initiatives by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) aimed at improving the health outcomes in an effort to improve the health and wellbeing of South Africans, which is highly commendable. However, it has come to the attention of Council that some of the training provided to nurse practitioners requires them to function beyond their Scope of Practice, as outlined in the Regulations Relating to the Scope of Practice of Persons Who are Registered or Enrolled under the Nursing Act, 1984. (GG No. R2598 of 30 November 1984).


This matter was discussed by the Council at its meeting held in September 2019. The Council expressed concern ...

... read the entire Circular 8 of 2019

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 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.

... Media Release 2 of 2019


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

Nursing Council Circulars and Press Releases

Index to 2019 Circulars and Press Releases

An index of all circulars and press releases issued by South African Nursing Council during 2019 - 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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