Circular 4/2017

Circular 4/2017

 

30 June 2017

TO: National Department of Health
  Provincial Department of Health
  Nursing Education Institutions
  All Stakeholders

 

Annual Fees for 2018

This circular serves as affirmation of the South African Nursing Council’s fees and fines as stipulated on the government gazette published on 23 June 2017.

 

1. ANNUAL FEES FOR 2018

1.1  Normal Annual Fees

The annual fees for the calendar year 2018 for the different categories of practitioners are given in the following table.

 Category Annual Fee for 2018
Registered Nurses and Midwives R630.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R380.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R270.00

 

1.2 Reductions in Annual Fees for Age 60 and Over

The Council has resolved to introduce reduced fees for nurses 60 years of age and over as per the table below:

1.2.1 Age 60 to 64 Years on 1 January 2018 (25% reduction)

 Category Annual Fee for 2018
Registered Nurses and Midwives R470.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R290.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R190.00

1.2.2 Over 64 years of Age on 1 January 2018 (50% reduction)

 Category Annual Fee for 2018
Registered Nurses and Midwives R310.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R190.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R130.00

NB: To qualify for the discount amounts, a practitioner may be required to submit a certified copy of his / her identity document in order to confirm his / her age.

Notes: 

The annual fees for 2018 must be received by SANC on or before 31 December 2017.

The amounts in the tables above all include 14% VAT.

 

2. RESTORATION FEES FOR 2018

The restoration fees for the different categories applicable from 1 January 2018 are shown in the following table.

 Category Normal Restoration Fee Reduced Restoration Fee
Registered Nurses and Midwives R1880.00 R130,00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R1160.00 R130,00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R790.00 R130,00

Note: 

The reduced restoration fee will only 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. CLOSING DATE FOR PAYMENT OF ANNUAL FEES

Please note that for the calendar year 2018, the closing date for the payment of Annual Fees is 31 December 2017. You are therefore urged to pay as soon as possible in order to avoid the last minute rush. 

4. OTHER FEES

Please note that other fees will be applicable with effect from 1 January 2018.

 

(Signed)

 

Ms L Matras
Chief Financial Officer
For Acting Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

News 4/2017

News 4/2017


27 June 2017

TO: All SANC Clients
FROM: Ms SA Mchunu

Acting Registrar and CEO


SANC OFFICES CLOSED ON 28 JUNE 2017

 

Please note that the Council offices will be closed for business on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 because of the likelihood of disruption of services.

The Council offices will reopen for business at 08:00 on Thursday, 29 June 2017

Your co-operation is highly appreciated and any inconvenience is regretted.

 

Yours sincerely

(Signed)

Ms SA Mchunu
Acting Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

Press Rel 4/2017

Press Rel 4/2017

 

FOR ATTENTION: News Editors
SUBJECT: DENOSA unauthorised access to South African Nursing Council
DATE: 26 June 2017

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) confirms that the Democratic Organization of Nurses in South Africa (DENOSA) accessed the premises of the SANC on Friday 23 June 2017 without authorization, legal permission or an appointment for any meeting. It is with dismay that we can confirm that fires were set, property was damaged and staff members were intimidated.

It is consequently understood that DENOSA was there to demand that the Council’s Acting Registrar unduly addresses a matter regarding the SANC cancelling examinations, which DENOSA itself has handed over to its attorneys to handle.

The only constituency that the SANC had a scheduled meeting with on the day in question and who therefore was legally present in the SANC building, was the Student Command of the Economic Freedom Front (EFFSC) to address student challenges as per their written request. 

The situation with the DENOSA members was diffused by the police who were called to curb the violence, prevent further damage to property and to protect the SANC staff whose safety is the SANC’s responsibility and is not taken lightly. 

The SANC, as regulatory body for the nursing profession and in line with its approved policy that has previously been implemented without delay or any challenges at all in this regard, cancelled the May 2017 examinations following an investigation into allegations and then confirming that the four examination question papers for the Bridging Course had leaked. Such cancellation ensures that all students who write the same examination pass fairly and credibly so that the public has confidence that they are safe and competent nurse practitioners. It also ensures that students who did not have access to the leaked paper are not prejudiced by an unfair advantage of competing with students who copied it. 

New examination dates were set to avoid a long waiting period that would jeopardize progression of first year students into second year, and second year students from finishing the course and going into service. 

The SANC affirms that the students will not pay any fees for this examination to the SANC, as is the norm. Any information making reference to payment for this examination is not coming from the South African Nursing Council, untrue and misleading. 

The investigations into the leakage continue in order for the necessary legal action against the perpetrators to be instituted as soon as the investigations have been completed.

 

ENDS

 

Issued by:

Mrs. Adri van Eeden
Senior Manager: Marketing and Communications
South African Nursing Council 
E-mail : avaneeden@sanc.co.za
Website: www.sanc.co.za 
Tel : 012 426-9542

 

Official Spokesperson and person to be quoted:

Ms S Mchunu
Acting Registrar and CEO: SA Nursing Council

 

For more information or to arrange for an interview with the Spokesperson, please contact Mrs. Adri van Eeden on Tel. (012) 426-9542 or email: avaneeden@sanc.co.za 

Press Rel 5/2017

Press Rel 5/2017

 

FOR ATTENTION: News Editors
SUBJECT: Court rules in favour of the Nursing Council on the cancellation and re-scheduling of examinations
DATE: 26 June 2017

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) would like to express its appreciation for the judgement handed down yesterday, 26 June 2017 in the Gauteng North High Court in the case between the SANC and HOSPERSA (The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa) regarding the cancellation of examinations for the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as a general nurse/ psychiatric nurse: Government Notice No. R.683 of 14 April 1989 (as amended).

Honourable Judge Fabricius of the Gauteng North High Court handed down a judgement upholding the decision of the Nursing Council that the May 2017 Bridging Course examination are nullified and must be re-written. A settlement was reached that the examination dates be re-set to allow students more time to prepare following the disruptions that were associated with the matter. 

Says Ms Sizo Mchunu, Acting Registrar of the SANC: “We are in full support of Honourable Fabricius’ ruling that the dates of the examination must be rescheduled as follows:

First year examinations for the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as General Nurse/Psychiatric Nurse  Date on which the examinations are to be written
Paper 1 19 July 2017
Paper 2 21 July 2017

 

Second year examinations for the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as General Nurse/Psychiatric Nurse  Date on which the examinations are to be written
Paper 1 19 July 2017
Paper 2 21 July 2017

 

The SANC has subsequently revised and circulated its Circular to the Nursing Education Institutions that was issued regarding the rewriting of the examinations, to accommodate the dates as mentioned above.

“Moving the dates to July provides the students with more time to prepare for the examinations, which the SANC fully supports. It is in the interest of the public at large to ensure that the training institutions produce qualified nurses who passed the examinations on their own strength, and will therefore have the necessary knowledge to serve the public of South Africa ”, says Ms Mchunu.

 

ENDS

 

Official Spokesperson and person to be quoted:

Ms S Mchunu
Acting Registrar and CEO: SA Nursing Council

 

Issued by:

Mrs. Adri van Eeden
Senior Manager: Marketing and Communications
South African Nursing Council 
E-mail : avaneeden@sanc.co.za
Website: www.sanc.co.za 
Tel : 012 426-9542

 

For more information or to arrange for an interview with the Spokesperson, please contact Mrs. Adri van Eeden on Tel. (012) 426-9542 or email: avaneeden@sanc.co.za 

 

Circular 3/2017

Circular 3/2017


26 June 2017

TO: Principals of the Nursing Education Institutions

 

Cancellation of the Examinations for the Bridging course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as a General Nurse / Psychiatric Nurse: Government Notice No.R683 of 14 April 1989 (as amended)

1. Purpose 

To inform the Principals of the Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) of the amendment of Circular 2/2017 and the revised examination dates.

2. Background

2.1 The Judge of the Gauteng North High Court (Judge Fabricius) passed a judgement on 26 June 2017, upholding the decision of the Nursing Council that the above-mentioned May 2017 are nullified and that they must be re-written. A settlement was reached that the examination dates be re-scheduled to allow students more time, considering the disruptions that have occurred over the past week 

The agreed-upon dates for the examination as follows:

First year examinations for the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as General Nurse/Psychiatric Nurse  Date on which the examinations are to be written
Paper 1 19 July 2017
Paper 2 21 July 2017

 

Second year examinations for the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as General Nurse/Psychiatric Nurse  Date on which the examinations are to be written
Paper 1 19 July 2017
Paper 2 21 July 2017

 

The copy of the order regarding the agreement on the above-mention dates is attached for your convenience

2.2 Kindly ensure that all the learners are duly informed of the new dates of the examinations. We also appeal to the leaners not to contact the SANC about the revised dates but rather the Principals of the NEIs.

2.3 Your continued support and understanding in this matter is highly appreciated. 

3. IMPLEMENTATION

This circular becomes effective and implementable on the date of this circular.

All enquiries must be directed to the Manager, Assessment Section: Ms E. Magagula. Tel. (012) 426 9596. E-mail emagagula@sanc.co.za

 

Yours sincerely

(Signed)

Ms SA Mchunu
Acting Registrar & CEO
South African Nursing Council

Circular 2/2017

Circular 2/2017

12 June 2017

TO: Principals of the Nursing Education Institutions

 

Cancellation of the Examinations for the Bridging course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as a General Nurse / Psychiatric Nurse: Government Notice No.R683 of 14 April 1989 (as amended)

1. Purpose 

To inform the Principals of the Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) about the cancellation of the above examinations, written in May 2017.

2. Background

2.1 It has come to the attention of the South African Nursing Council (SANC) that some learners had access to the examination question papers prior to the date on which they were due to write the following examinations:

First year examinations for the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as General Nurse/Psychiatric Nurse  Date on which the examinations are to be written
Paper 1 05 May 2017
Paper 2 08 May 2017

 

Second year examinations for the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as General Nurse/Psychiatric Nurse  Date on which the examinations are to be written
Paper 1 24 May 2017
Paper 2 26 May 2017

 

2.2 In these circumstances, the Council had no option but to take the decision to cancel the examinations.

2.3 The SANC will be reconvening the examinations, as follows:

First year examinations for the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as General Nurse/Psychiatric Nurse  Date on which the examinations are to be written
Paper 1 28 June 2017
Paper 2 30 June 2017

 

Second year examinations for the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to registration as General Nurse/Psychiatric Nurse  Date on which the examinations are to be written
Paper 1 28 June 2017
Paper 2 30 June 2017

 

2.4 Kindly ensure that all the learners are duly informed of the situation and the new dates of the examinations. We also appeal to the leaners not to contact the SANC directly regarding the situation, but rather the Principals of the NEIs.

2.5 The South African Nursing Council is currently in the process of investigating the circumstances that led to a breach of security in respect of the examinations.

2.6 We sincerely regret the inconvenience this has caused the leaners and the NEIs, and your continued support and understanding in this matter is highly appreciated. 

3. IMPLEMENTATION

This circular becomes effective and implementable on the date of this circular.

All enquiries must be directed to the Manager, Assessment Section: Ms E. Magagula. Tel. (012) 426 9596. E-mail emagagula@sanc.co.za

Yours sincerely

(Signed)

Ms SA Mchunu
Acting Registrar & CEO
South African Nursing Council