Circular 3/2018

Circular 3/2018

23 March 2018


TO: Health Regulation and Compliance (National Department of Health)
  Office of the Chief Nursing Officer  (National Department of Health)
  Directors on Nursing Education (Provincial Department of Health)
  Directors on Nursing Services/Practice (Provincial Department of Health)
  Nursing Education Institutions
  All Relevant Stakeholders




The purpose of this document is to update the Nursing profession and relevant Stakeholders about the Council’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and specifically the planning and implementation progress thereof. 


The South African Nursing Council (SANC), in line with the provisions of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005), is in the process of developing a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) System. This process commenced in 2013. To ensure reasonable participation in this process, the SANC established a CPD Technical Working Group (TWG) to assist it to drive the project.
The development of the CPD System is a response to the need expressed by the profession and the process of CPD seeks to ensure that Nurse Practitioners remain up-to-date with the required competencies for their specific areas of practice in Nursing. It is also seen as a mechanism that will provide opportunities to practitioners to pursue and achieve professional growth throughout their careers in order to benefit the people of South Africa.


The SANC is indebted to the funders of this project, namely The Atlantic Philanthropies initially and International Training and Education Centre for Health (I-TECH) from 2013 to date.


Lessons learnt from research, literature as well as national and international benchmarking included: 

A need for gradual and ‘staggered’ implementation;
The development of clear guidelines regarding types of CPD activities and the weighting of activities 
The need to perform auditing of ‘Portfolios of Evidence’ of at least 10% per annum once the full roll-out has been implemented; 
Establishing verification and validation strategies to prevent fraud and forgery;
Establishing a communication strategy with Stakeholders;
Establishing a dedicated business unit for CPD within the structure of the SANC;
Establishing a CPD Committee, which will be accountable to Council; and
The requirement for a “fit for purpose” technology solution.


It is proposed that each practitioner will be required to accrue a minimum of fifteen (15) CPD points over a twelve (12) month period that will eventually be linked to the renewal of the Annual Practice Certificate (APC). It is envisaged that the cycle of accrual will commence in July of each year and end in June of the following year.


The required CPD points will be accrued through activities and events that are offered by CPD Service Providers who are recognised by the SANC. The criteria that will be used to recognise potential CPD Service Providers will be finalised and will be communicated widely, once approved by the Council.



  Ethical and Legal domains
Area of Practice
Leadership and


Total CPD Points
Registered/ Professional Nurse 4 6 3 1 1 15
Midwife 4 6 3 1 1 15
General Nurse 4 6 3 1 1 15
Enrolled Nurse 3 9 1 2 Nil 15
Auxiliary Nurse 3 10 1 1 Nil 15


5.1 Development of a CPD Framework
A CPD Framework was initiated and developed to the current Version 3. This was possible through national and international benchmarking as well as engagement with stakeholders who provided valuable comments and input. 


5.2 Feasibility study
A feasibility study was conducted in November and December 2013. The aim of the study was to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and capacity to establish an effective and sustainable SANC CPD process for Nurses and Midwives within South Africa.


5.3 CPD Pilot study
CPD Pilot study was conducted in the Gauteng and Mpumalanga provinces from August 2015 to February 2016. The aim of the Pilot study was to explore the feasibility of the CPD project in order to determine the adjustments/adaptations required to facilitate a national roll-out. The findings of the Pilot study confirmed that, although there were barriers that prevented some participants from succeeding in acquiring the required CPD points, nurses expressed their support for and recognised the value of CPD. The study further yielded valuable input as to the relevance of the proposed thematic areas (highlighted in Table 1 above) as well as equitable access to CPD activities and opportunities.


5.4 Consultative Road shows
Road shows were conducted by the Council in all nine provinces during June to December 2016 to disseminate information on the purpose, process and nature of CPD.

The information sessions were attended by representatives from the Public and Private hospitals, the South African Military Health Services, Correctional Services, South African National Blood Services, NGOs, School Health Services, Nursing Education Institutions, Community Healthcare Centres and Clinics, Occupational Health organizations, Hospice Association and Old Age homes; as well as MTN Mobile, Eskom, PIKIT-UP and the Road Accident Fund.


5.5 CPD Stakeholder Forum
SANC established a CPD Stakeholder Forum, comprising of leaders in Nursing and Midwifery from the Public and Private sector, South African Military Health Services, Correctional Services, Private and Public Nursing Education Institutions and Labour organisations. This forum meets twice per annum to share information regarding progress on CPD.


For various reasons, including the need to purchase an ICT application which can be utilised for CPD, the SANC is not yet ready for a full roll-out of CPD. The draft CPD Framework shared at the Stakeholders’ meeting in October 2017 is a ‘baseline’ document that will be amended as necessary. Once all the necessary systems are in place, have been tested and are approved by the Council, the roll-out plan, including the implementation time frames and approach for the implementation of CPD, will be communicated to the profession and related stakeholders.


For further information in respect of this Circular, you are advised to contact The Manager: CPD – Ms A. Mnguni at (012) 426 9576 or on e-mail:

Kind regards,


Ms SA Mchunu
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

Press Rel 2/2018

Press Rel 2/2018

SUBJECT: 2018 World TB Day – SANC calls on all nurses to adhere to TB protocols
  22 March 2018

The South African Nursing Council will be joining the world in the commemoration of the World TB Day on 24 March 2018 with the THEME “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world”.

World TB day is commemorated each year to raise awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of tuberculosis (TB) and to step up the efforts to end the global TB epidemic. The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease.

A lot of effort that has been put in trying to empower the communities with preventative measures and to cure this deadly disease but despite these measures TB continues to be the top infectious killer worldwide, claiming over 4 500 lives a day. In 2017 the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that 10.4 million people fell ill with TB and there were 1.8 million TB deaths in 2016. The emergence of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) poses a further major health risk that adversely influences the progress made in the fight against TB.

The 2018 theme makes an appeal to all leaders in different spheres in the communities to play a positive role in trying to combat the spread of TB and also to ensure that all those that are on treatment adheres to their treatment plans. As the voice of the nursing profession the SANC pledges its support to educate nurses and the public who interact with people affected with TB, whether at work or in the community at large,” says Ms Sizo Mchunu, SANC Registrar & CEO.

The SANC acknowledges that the nursing profession is the backbone of the health system and as such nurses attend to people who are diagnosed with TB, who are already on treatment and those that are immune-compromised. Nurses are frequently the first professionals to have contact with infected people, which exposes them to the disease and increases the risk of occupational TB. The SANC therefore appeals to nurses as leaders in their communities and health facilities to ensure that they adhere to the TB management protocols in order to protect themselves and also ensure that any new TB infections decreases and patients take their medication properly and timeously.

The nursing profession’s standards of care include enabling patients to achieve an adequate level and quality of life and with TB nurses play a crucial role in control programs.

Ms Mchunu says: “The SANC, as the governing body in the nursing profession and nursing education, will continue to engage in programs contributing to the dream of a TB-free world.” 


Issued by:

Mrs. Adri van Eeden
Senior Manager: Marketing and Communications
South African Nursing Council 
Tel:          012 426-9542


Official Spokesperson and person to be quoted:

Ms S Mchunu
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: 


Circular 2/2018

Circular 2/2018

14 March 2018


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


South African Nursing Council – Easter holidays closure


Please be informed that the South African Nursing Council (SANC) offices will be closed from Thursday, 29 March 2018 at 12:00 and will re-open on Tuesday, 03 April 2018 at 8:00.


We would appreciate it if you could kindly inform all persons in your institutions.

Wishing you safe travels over the Easter holidays.

Yours sincerely


Ms S Mchunu
Registrar & CEO
South African Nursing Council