News 8/2017

News 8/2017

31 October 2017

TO: Nursing Employers
FROM: Ms SA Mchunu

Registrar and CEO

Annual Practicing Certificates for 2018

1. Payment Period

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) would like to remind all employers of nurses and midwives, both public and private sector, about the 2018 Annual Practicing Certificates’ (APCs) payment period which commenced on 1 July 2017 and ends on 31 December 2017. 

The SANC would like to request employers to encourage nurse practitioners to pay for their APCs by no later than 31 December 2017 so as to avoid them having their names removed from the SANC register and having to pay a restoration fee.

 

2. Payment methods

bullet 2.1 New on-line payment method

The SANC is in the process of introducing an electronic payment method that will enable nurse practitioners to make APC payments via the SANC website by using smart phones, personal computers or internet café facilities. The SANC is in consultation with First National Bank (FNB) regarding this system and as soon as this method has been tested the SANC will communicate the information to all relevant stakeholders.

bullet 2.2 Current payment system

Nurse practitioners can, in the interim, continue making direct deposits at any First National bank. It is important that the individual practitioner’s SANC Reference Number and Payment Code “ANLFEES” are provided when doing a direct deposit at FNB. Failure to provide the correct information will result in the SANC not being able to allocate the money to the correct account and thus the SANC will not be able to issue the required APC.

 

3. E-Register

The SANC would like to remind employers about the importance of utilising the E-register feature on the SANC website. The data published on this register suffices as a proof of registration for nurse practitioners and can be used by employers to verify the registration status of all nurse practitioners in their employment. The integrity of the database ensures that it is not necessary for employers to be presented with a physical APC certificate. The eRegister data base can be accessed by clicking here. 

 

4. 2018 fee structure

The annual fees for 2018 for the different categories of practitioners are: 

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

 

The SANC also offers reduced fees as follows:

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

Persons who are over 60 and 64 years of age on 1 January 2018 receive a 25% and 50% reduction respectively. 

 

Your assistance in this matter is appreciated. If you have any questions regarding the APC payment or eRegister please contact Mr P Modiselle, Manager: Revenue Services at 012 426-9557 or pmodiselle@sanc.co.za 

 

Kind regards

_________________

(Signed)

Ms SA Mchunu
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

Circular 6/2017

Circular 6/2017


13 October 2017

TO: Director: Nursing Services, Department of Health – Western Cape
  Nursing Education Institutions

 

Sale of Distinguishing Devices

This circular serves to advise nursing practitioners who are attending the SANC Western Cape Outreach event from 16 – 20 October that, due to manufacturing problems experienced by the supplier, the selling of shoulder badges will not be possible at this event. All other distinguishing devices will be available.

As part of our continued commitment to service, the South African Nursing Council will however be taking orders for the shoulder badges at the outreach and these devices will then be delivered to the Western Cape Provincial Department of Health offices in due course. Affected nurse practitioners will be informed once these devices are available.

We would like to offer our sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

 

(Signed)

Ms S Mchunu
Registrar and CEO: SA Nursing Council

 

Press Rel 8/2017

Press Rel 8/2017

 

FOR ATTENTION: News Editors
SUBJECT: SANC Annual Practicing Fees due by 31 December 2017
  31 October 2017

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) would like to remind nursing practitioners to pay their annual practicing fees for 2018 by no later than 31 December 2017. Upon full payment being received into the bank account of the SANC, the SANC issues Annual Practicing Certificates (APCs) to individual nurse practitioners who have paid their fees on time. The SANC will remove the names of practitioners who have not paid their full registration fees timeously in terms of the Nursing Act, 2005 on 1 January 2018.

Unlike other professionals, nursing practitioners are afforded the opportunity to make full payment for their APCs during a 6-month period, commencing from 1 July every year. The APC fees for 2018 were published in the Government Gazette in June 2017 and were communicated by way of circulars, SMS messages to nursing practitioners as well as letters sent to employers.

Says Ms Sizeni Mchunu, Registrar and CEO of the SANC: “Practitioners can pay their annual fees at any First National Bank (FNB) branch in the country. In addition, the SANC is again undertaking several outreach programmes from July to December 2017 in all nine provinces where practitioners can pay and receive their certificates immediately. To date 72 273 practitioners out of 283 589 have paid their annual fees for 2018.

The SANC normal annual practicing fees have been kept affordable as per previous years, and for 2018 are:

Registered Nurses and Midwives R630.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R380.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R270.00

Persons who are over 60 and 64 years of age on 1 January 2018 receive a 25% and 50% reduction respectively e.g. persons over 64 years of age pay the following fees:

Registered Nurses and Midwives R310.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R190.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R130.00

The restoration fees however, which are penalties for late payment, are regulated under the Regulations Regarding Fees and Fines Payable to the South African Nursing Council, Regulation R.170 as promulgated on 8 March 2013. These fees are thus higher than the annual practicing fees. It should be noted that if nursing practitioners pay their annual fees within the 6-month allocated time as described above and payment is received into the bank account of the SANC by 31 December 2017, that the practitioners would avoid having to pay a restoration fee.

In addition, payment prior to the deadline enables the SANC to mail the practitioner’s certificate (APC) earlier and not during the Christmas period which is the busiest time of the year for the South African Post Office.

The SANC has made an eRegister available to employers that serves as sufficient proof for an employer to verify that nurse practitioners are registered for the relevant year should they not have received their physical APC on time. Using this service would make it unnecessary for nurses to travel to pick up the physical APC from the SANC offices in Pretoria. The eRegister is available on the SANC website at www.sanc.co.za/eRegister.htm,” says Ms Mchunu.

                                                                     ENDS

Official Spokesperson and person to be quoted:

Ms S Mchunu
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 

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