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11 March 2004

For immediate release:

Nursing Council to remove 7 000 nurses from register

The South African Nursing Council removes about 7000 nurses who have not paid their annual licensing fees each year. At present about 82% of the 175 000 nurses who are liable to pay fees for 2004 have already paid.

The closing date for payment of the annual licensing fees is Wednesday, 31 March 2004. It is vital for nurses practising to pay their annual licensing fees before the due date otherwise they will be removed from the register and this could impact negatively on their employment status. Section 27 of the Nursing Act, 1978 provides that these fees should be paid to the council. On failure to comply with this section of the Act, the Registrar is obliged to remove the nurse from the register. 

Nurses who have not paid their annual licensing fees are advised to do so before the closing date, as practising while off the register could constitute misconduct and lead to a disciplinary hearing. According to Section 16 of the Nursing Act, 1978 nursing practitioners are not allowed to practice if they are not registered with the council. 

The South African Nursing Council registers all categories of nurses practicing within the country. The following is a breakdown of the categories and annual licensing fees payable by nurses to the council:

bulletRegistered nurse
bulletEnrolled nurse
bulletEnrolled nursing auxiliary

Any enquiries should be directed to the Communications Officer.

Tel no: 012 420 1000

Issued by the South African Nursing Council in Pretoria.




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