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The articles and links on this page will keep you up to date with developments in the professional side of nursing and midwifery in South Africa.  Please add this page to your favourites so that you can check back here regularly for the latest information.

SANC to Conduct Provincial Outreach Visits

11 September 2014

Please note that SANC will be conducting provincial outreach visits in the Eastern and Northern Cape in September.

The following services will be available:

bullet Payment of 2015 annual fees
bullet Selling of distinguishing devices
bullet Provision of SANC general information

The schedule of visits is as follows:


15 September 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital:  Mthatha Health Resource Centre 
16 September 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Bisho Hospital: Hall 
17 September 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Livingston Hospital: PE Health Resource Centre 


29 September 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Upington: Dr Harry Surtie Hospital 
30 September 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Kuruman: Kuruman Town Hall 
1 October 2014  08:00 - 16:30 Kimberley:  Kimberley Hospital Complex 

The schedule for visits for the remaining provinces will be provided later.

Prescribing of Morphine by Professional Nurses

15 August 2014

In response to a statement issued by DENOSA on this subject, the Registrar of the South African Nursing Council has issued a strongly worded press release to set the records straight about Professional Nurses prescribing drugs, in particular Morphine for use in palliative care.

This is a complex subject and readers are encouraged to read the whole press release in order to fully understand the matter.  More... 

Fee Changes (including Annual and Restoration Fees  for 2015)

30 July 2014

South African Nursing Council has published the latest fee amounts payable to the Council in Board Notice 86 of 2014.  For full details, see the board notice in Government Gazette 37880 dated 30 July 2014.

Details of Annual and Restoration Fees for 2015 are given below for your information.


Annual Fees for 2015

The annual fees for the calendar year 2015 can be paid from 1 July 2014.  (Please note that Annual Practising Certificates for 2015 will only be issued at the Council offices from 1 August 2014 onwards.)


If you pay your annual fee after 31 January 2015 (even by 1 day), your name will be removed from the register, and you will have to pay the full restoration fee to have you name restored

The Council allows practitioners who will be 60 years of age or older on 1 January 2015 a discount on the Annual Fees (depending on their age on that date).  This is intended to permit practitioners who may have retired to keep their name on the register should they wish.  Having their name on the register will enable such practitioners to work on a part-time basis or to assist with local or national needs or programmes in a temporary capacity if called upon to do so.  Please note that the Council has decided to grant a discount based on the ages indicated rather than retirement status because there is not a standard retirement age in South Africa.

The 2015 annual fee amounts for the different categories are set out in the table below.

Category Annual Fee 25% Discount 50% Discount
Registered Nurses and Midwives R550 R410 R270
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R340 R250 R170
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R230 R170 R110


  1. The annual fees for 2015 must be paid by 31 January 2015.

  2. Please pay as soon as possible to avoid the last minute rush.

  3. To qualify for the 25% discount, the practitioner must be 60-64 years of age on 1 January 2015.

  4. To qualify for the 50% discount, the practitioner must be 65 years of age or older on 1 January 2015.

  5. The discount amounts have been rounded to the nearest ten rands to facillitate cash payments into FNB ADVANCE auto teller machines.

  6. If you fall into two of the above categories, ONLY the higher of the two fees must be paid.

  7. The above amounts all include 14% VAT.

  8. The above amounts are in South African Rands.  Persons who pay in any foreign currency will have to include an additional amount of R150 to cover bank charges on the Council's side to convert the currency into Rands.

The annual fees for 2015 have been published in Government Gazette 37880 dated 30 July 2014.


Restoration Fees effective from 1 January 2015

The restoration fees will increase on 1 January 2015.

The restoration fee amounts for the different categories are set out in the table below.

Category Normal
Restoration Fee
Restoration Fee
Registered Nurses and Midwives R1650 R110
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R1020 R110
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R690 R110


  1. The increased fees apply to restorations that are EFFECTIVE from a date after 31 December 2014 - no matter when the fee is paid.  In other words, if you meet all the requirements for restoration after 31 December 2014 OR if you request restoration with effect from a date after 31 December 2014.

  2. The reduced restoration fee will apply if your name was removed from the register at your own request - this must be confirmed with the Council before paying the reduced amount.

  3. The reduced restoration fee will also apply to practitioners who are 60 years of age or older on 1 January 2015.

  4. The above amounts all include 14% VAT.


The restoration fees for 2015 have been published in Government Gazette 37880 dated 30 July 2014.

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...

Change of the Date for Practitioners to Start Paying for the Annual Practising Certificates for the Year 2015 from 1 July to 1 August 2014

25 June 2014

The date on which practitioners can start paying Annual Fees in respect of the 2015 Annual Fee Year has changed - from 1 July 2014 to 1 August 2014.  Annual Practising Certificates for 2015 will therefore be issued at the Council offices starting from 1 August 2014.

The date on which practitioners who have not paid their Annual Fees will be removed from the register has also moved - from 1 Januray 2015 to 1 February 2015.

Clients intending to visit the Council offices are encouraged to plan accordingly.    More...

SANC Clients can now make use of the new FNB Advance ATM machines to pay their fees to Council

24 June 2014

SANC clients can now use the new FNB Advance ATM machines to pay their SANC fees and this facility is not restricted to FNB clients.  The system has several advantages over making payments at the FNB branches.

SANC will also round off all fees so that no change is required when making a payment.    More...

SANC publishes requirements regarding Deferments of Candidates already entered to write South African Nursing Council scheduled examinations

5 June 2014

SANC is tightening up the controls over which candidates can be deferred from one exam to the next due to lack of progress.  In the past, far too many requests for deferment have been received immediately prior to or after the dates of the examinations.

In future, in order to eliminate fruitness and wasteful expenditure, all such requests will have to be received by Council prior to the commencement of producing and packing of exam materials.    More...



12 May 2014

The 12th of May is a day when nurses globally reflect on and celebrate the meaning and value of their contribution in the health care delivery.  This celebration emanates from the birthday of the Nursing Icon, Florence Nightingale, who made great strides in the development of nursing as a profession.

Nurses form the largest health care workforce hence often referred to, in many spheres, as the backbone of the health care system.  This is indeed demonstrated by nurses coming to the rescue of the health care system in the form of task shifting to meet the dynamic contextual challenges.  For example, when the HIV/AIDS pandemic set in, the nurses began to maintain and later initiate ART under the banner of NIMART.  The NHI is currently being implemented and the nurses are playing the greatest role to ensure universal access and affordability of health care to the South African Community.  The quadruple disease burden has required reshaping the role of even the lower categories of nursing to the extent that a need has arisen that the scope of all categories and curriculum be changed to meet the current challenges in South Africa.  It is therefore not surprising that the theme to celebrate this day for 2014 is:

“Nurses: A force for change – A vital resource for health”

In 2014, the Nurses’ Day coincides with the celebration of the 20 years of democracy which the nurses were part of and aligned themselves with.  Soon after democracy, nurses have formed a democratically elected Nursing Council which has aligned the legislative framework to assist nurses to meet the demands of a health system in transformation.  The South African nurses have been able to meet in numbers to determine their fate in a summit held in 2011, culminating in a compact that gave birth to The Strategic Plan for Nurse Education, Training and Practice 2012/13 – 2016/17.  The Minister of Health, Dr. Motsoaledi has appointed the Chief Nursing Offer to facilitate the implementation of this strategy.  All we need as nurses is to hold hands and find our way forward.

The South African Nursing Council supports all the efforts to meet above mentioned challenges.  For example, the Council has realigned the Scopes of Practice and is transforming Nursing Education at all levels using a consultative process with relevant structures.  This includes formalization of a specialist category to support ever shifting tasks for nurses.

Most importantly, the South African Nursing Council salutes nurses of this country who despite daily pressures and challenges, continue to prioritize the welfare of their patients and continue to keep the lamp of Florence Nightingale burning.  However, the Council urges the South African nurses to keep in mind that nursing is a noble profession and professionalism and ethics must take centre stage in all our endeavours.

The South African Nursing Council hopes, with the support of the South African nurses at all levels and structures, to: Think strategically, act ethically and lead professionally.

Prof B R Bhengu
Chairperson, South African Nursing Council

Registration Certificates returned to SANC by the Post Office

8 April 2014

If you have not yet received your registration certificate, please check the list of certificates returned to SANC by the Post Office which has been published on the SANC website.  More...

Non payment of annual fees by certain practitioners

4 April 2014

Practitioners who do not pay their annual fees when due (despite the fact that they are practising in terms of the Nursing Act) and their employers who allow them to practise while not on the register are warned that are contravening the Nursing Act.  Both may be liable to criminal prosecution.  More...

SANC Publishes Second SANC Spotlight

28 March 2014

The nursing Council has published the second issue of its newsletter called SANC Spotlight.

It is hoped that this publication will assist in keeping nurses and midwives informed about what is happening at the Nursing Council and in the regulation and standard setting of their professions.  More...

Department of Health Publishes the National Strategic Plan for Nurse Education, Training and Practice

23 September 2013

The Department of Health has published the National Strategic Plan for Nurse Education, Training and Practice 2012/13 - 2016/17 on its website.

The development of the Strategic Plan has its roots firmly in the Nursing Summit which took place in 2011 and the Nursing Compact that was drawn up as a direct consequence of the Summit.

This link is published on the Nursing Council website in an effort to distribute this important information as widely as possible and particularly amongst the nursing profession and others involved in the health care sector.  Please download a copy of the strategy document and share it with your friends and colleagues.  More...

South African Nursing Council Publishes Code of Ethics for Nursing in South Africa

3 September 2013

The South African Nursing Council has published a Code of Ethics for Nursing in South Africa.

This document is sure to be a valuable resource for every nurse or midwife throughout South Africa.  You are welcome to download a copy for your own use.

Implementation of the New Nursing Education Qualifications - July 2015

13 August 2013

The Nursing Council has published further information on the implementation of the New Nursing Education Qualifications.  This information includes circulars on:


Curriculum Framework for entry levels of nursing


Revised Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy Guidelines; and


Policy on Accreditation Appeals Process


New requirements for making payments into SANC's Reference Deposit Bank account

28 June 2013

FNB (First National Bank) have implemented new requirements when making payments into SANC's Reference Deposit Bank account.

In future depositors will have to provide a 15 character payment reference consisting of their 8-digit SANC account number (reference number) followed immediately by a 7-CAPITAL LETTER payment type code.  Examples of the payment type codes are:


ANLFEES - if paying Annual Fees;


SALEDDS - if paying for Distinguishing Devices; and


EXAMFEE - if paying Exam Fees


Nursing Council warns public to beware of unaccredited nursing programmes

3 April 2013

South African Nursing Council has once again issued a press release warning the public to beware of illegal "nursing training" that is not accredited by the Council or that is being conducted by institutions that have not been accredited by the Council.


Nursing Council Circulars and Press Releases

Index to 2014 Circulars and Press Releases

An index of all circulars and press releases issued by South African Nursing Council during 2014 - 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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