Media Release 3/2023: SANC appoints a new Registrar and CEO

9 March 2023


SUBJECT                 :      SANC APPOINTS NEW REGISTRAR AND CEO                 


The South African Nursing Council (SANC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof Ntombifikile Mtshali as the Registrar and CEO of the South African Nursing Council. The appointment is made by the Honourable Minister of Health Dr MJ Phaahla, in terms of Section 18(1) and (3) of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005) with effect from 01 March 2023.

Professor Mtshali is a recognised Nurse leader, academic and researcher who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with her including a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and extensive leadership experience in higher education.

Prior to the current position, she served as the Head of the Nursing Department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) for Nursing and Midwifery at UKZN, Dean of Teaching and Learning in the College of Health at UKZN, Senior Manager Education and Training at the SANC as well as Lecturer and Associate Professor at UKZN. She served as the Manager of the International Centre for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) at Columbia University Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) in South Africa. During this period, she was seconded to the office of the Chief Nursing Officer in the National Department of Health, to provide technical support to public Nursing colleges (PNC) that served as a pilot site for the integration of PNC to the higher education initiative. This initiative included developing and pilot-testing the country’s first National Policy on Nursing Education and Training.

In support of the WHO agenda Prof Mtshali provided technical support to Nursing Education Institutions in  Congo Brazzaville, DRC, Eritrea, Lesotho, Rwanda, Seychelles, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Rwanda and Tanzania in developing and implementing competency-based curricula, and in building the capacity of Nurses educators as a visiting Professor.

The South African Nursing Council welcomes Prof Mtshali and wishes her every success in her new tenure.



Issued by:

Mrs. Adri van Eeden

Senior Manager:  Communication and Marketing

South African Nursing Council



Tel:  012 426-9542



Official Spokesperson and person to be quoted:

Prof. Ntombi Mtshali

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: