Press Rel 7/2018
|FOR ATTENTION:||News Editors|
|SUBJECT:||SANC Virtual Office to assist nurse in nine provinces|
|31 August 2018|
The South African Nursing Council’s (SANC) virtual office for nurses will be operating again in nine provinces, starting on 3 September 2018.
Says Ms Sizeni Mchunu, Acting Registrar of the SANC: “The purpose of the SANC Virtual Office is to bring limited walk-in services such as payment of annual fees, selling of distinguishing devices, providing information related to the SANC, etc. to the nurses’ doorstep and thus eliminating the need for them to travel to Pretoria.”
The services that will be offered at the Virtual Office include:
PAYMENT OF ANNUAL FEES OTHER SERVICES
|•||Nurses are requested to provide the SANC officials with their SANC reference numbers rather than ID numbers for the processing of annual fees payments.|
|•||There is no limitation for the number of people you can pay for. However, one must ensure that the daily limit is increased with their respective banks.|
|•||The SANC further requests nurses to avoid using more than one bank card for payments because that delays the process. It would be appreciated / better if they deposit the money into one person’s account to save time.|
|•||If a person has paid at the bank already, the outreach staff cannot print their Annual Practising Certificates (APCs) as these will be sent to the nurses through the post. They will only be processing payments done on the day of the outreach.|
|•||Restorations cannot be processed immediately and any payment received for restoration will only be processed by the SANC head office after the visit. Proof of payment in the form of a white receipt will be provided and the original Annual Practising Certificate will follow later.
SELLING OF DISTINGUISHING DEVICES
|•||The quantity of distinguishing devices will be limited to ONE pair per person. Nurses are also requested to bring their original green identity books/smart cards for verification.|
|•||If a nurse is buying on behalf of his or her colleague, he/she must also bring his/her original green identity book.|
|•||If a nurse is buying on behalf of his or her colleague, the distinguishing devices form must be completed, on both sides, and signed by the owner. Please note that if the form is incorrectly completed, the request WILL NOT be processed.|
|•||The owner must attach the certified copy of his or her ID and the quantity will be limited to one pair only if buying for someone else.|
|•||If a person has ordered the distinguishing devices through the bank, Outreach staff cannot issue that order, it will be sent through the post.
The provincial outreach plan for 2018 is published below – be sure to diarise the dates!
|Provinces||Kwa Zulu- Natal||North West||Eastern Cape||Northern Cape||Western Cape||Free State||Limpopo||Mpumalanga||Gauteng|
|Week 1||3-7 Sept||10-14 Sept||26-28 Sept||8-12 Oct||15-19 Oct||22-26 Oct||5-7 Nov||12-16 Nov||28-30 Nov|
|Week 2||17-21 Srpt||N/A||1-5 Oct||N/A||31 Oct-2 Nov||N/A||19-23 Nov||N/A||3-7 Dec|
Says Ms Mchunu: “Nursing practitioners are afforded six (6) months to pay their annual fee (from 1 July to 31 December every year). It is important to note that this annual fee is due by 31 December. If you pay it electronically into the SANC bank account on 31 December, the chances are it will not reflect in time – please keep this in mind when making payments, as failure to meet this deadline will mean that nurses will have to pay a restoration fee as promulgated by law. The SANC would like to reiterate that its eRegister is and remains sufficient proof for an employer to check if nursing practitioners are registered for the relevant year.”
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 email: firstname.lastname@example.org