Press Rel 1/2021: The SANC – Appreciating the value of nurses and midwives especially during the Covid-19 pandemic


25 August 2020

TO:News Editor
FROM:Ms SA Mchunu
Registrar and CEO


The SANC – Appreciating the value of nurses and midwives especially during the Covid-19 pandemic

The world is experiencing its biggest crisis in more than a hundred years, with the saving of lives at the forefront of every thought and action.

In the midst of this pandemic is healthcare workers and more specifically, nurses and midwives. 
Often the sacrifices that they make are done under impossible conditions, at the cost of their own health and safety, and at the cost of time not spent with their loved ones.

Although the SANC is not an employer or a union, and thus cannot interfere in employer-employee matters, it appreciates the nurses’ and midwives’ commitment and sacrifice and thus supports a call to provide them with personal protective equipment, ensuring their safety at all times. As regulator of the profession the SANC also supports the need for as many nurses as possible to assist during the pandemic.

The Council of the SANC resolved at its meeting in July 2020, that an increase in the annual fees for the year 2021/2022 (normally payable from July –December 2021 for 2022), will be waivered. The annual fees for the next payment cycle (2021/22) will therefore be the same as this current cycle.

This could not be implemented during the current payment cycle due to a legislated process and timeframe for the SANC budget. The SANC budget is drawn and submitted to the Minister of Health at least three months before the beginning of the following financial year. The current budget was submitted by the end of December 2019 already. 

This waiver is introduced to pledge its solidarity with nurses and midwives who are at the forefront of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council acknowledges that nurses and midwives render services at great sacrifice to themselves and families, and expresses its condolences to families, friends and employers who have experienced the loss of their loved ones.

Says Sizo Mchunu, SANC Registrar and CEO: “We express our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of those nurses who have succumbed during the fight against Covid-19. You are the true heroes of the pandemic, with sacrifices made to the end. We salute you and we honour you. To this end, the SANC would like to announce its plans for a Wall of Remembrance in the internal garden at the SANC premises. The wall will contain the names of those nurses who have succumbed during the Covid-19 pandemic. What better way to honour these heroes than in a peaceful garden at the headquarters of the regulating body for nurses. Details will be provided to nurses as soon as possible.”

During the months of this pandemic in South Africa, we have seen nurses become the eyes and ears of patients’ family and in many instances the only ‘family’ the patients under isolation had. We cannot begin to fathom the emotional impact this has had on the nurses, while at the same time also seeing their friends and colleagues succumb to the virus. “The SANC calls on Employers to ensure that trauma counselling is readily available and Post Traumatic Stress addressed in its infancy”, says Ms Mchunu.

Nurses of South Africa, we salute you. We honour you. You have proved yourself not only worthy but exceptional. You truly are the embodiment of the SANC slogan for nurses: #bethatnurse.
 

ENDS

Issued by:
Mrs. Adri van Eeden
Senior Manager: Marketing and Communication
South African Nursing Council 
E-mail: avaneeden@sanc.co.za
Website: www.sanc.co.za 
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: avaneeden@sanc.co.za 

Circular 18/2001 Annual Licencing Fee increase 2002

Circular 18/2001 Annual Licencing Fee increase 2002

7 December 2001

To all Nursing Education Institutions, Non-training Institutions and Stakeholders

NOTICE

Annual Licensing Fee Increase 2002

Government Gazette No. 7223 of 5 December 2001.

You are hereby notified that the annual licensing fee for 2002 is increased with effect from 6 December 2001 as follows:

Registered Nurses
R160,00 (R140.35 + R19,65 VAT)
Enrolled Nurses
R120,00 (R105,26 + R14,74 VAT)
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries
R105,00 (R  92,11 + R12,89 VAT)

In respect of payments made prior to 6 December 2001:

  1. Any person that has paid the annual fee prior to the above date will not have to pay the difference between the old and new fee.
  2. Postal Fees: any fees paid via the postal service and the date on the article is before 6 December 2001 such person will not be expected to pay in the difference.

Payments through the Bank: all persons making payments to the bank from 6 December 2001 will be liable to pay the difference before an annual receipt will be issued.

 

Signed
Hasina Subedar
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

Circular 17/2001 ECSACON announcement and invitation to submit abstracts for paper and poster presentations

Circular 17/2001 ECSACON announcement and invitation to submit abstracts for paper and poster presentations

12 October 2001

To all Nursing Education Institutions, Non-training Institutions and Stakeholders

The East, Central and Southern African College of Nursing (ECSACON) 1st Quadrennial Meeting and 6th Scientific Conference, 6-10 August 2002

Copies of a pamphlet announcing the above event and inviting abstracts for paper and poster presentations on the theme “Nurses and Midwives Responding to the Health Challenges in the 21st Century” was circulated.

The Council has been unable to obtain copies of the pamphlet in electronic form at this stage and can therefore not include it on this web site.

Anyone who requires additional information can contact ECSACON directly.  The contact details are:

The Regional Secretary
Attention: The Coordinator
Human Resources Development and Capacity Building Programme
Commonwealth Regional Health Community Secretariat
P O Box 1009,
Arusha
Tanzania

Tel: 255 27 250-4105/6

Fax: 255 27 250-4124

E-mail: hrdcb@crhcs.or.tz

Circular 16/2001 Approved examination centres for foreign applicants

Circular 16/2001 Approved examination centres for foreign applicants

12 October 2001

To all Nursing Schools

Arrangements for Examinations for Foreign Applicants

The foreign applicants who wish to be registered or enrolled with the South African Nursing Council are required to write an examination in Ethos and Professional Practice.

The examination for registered nurses was previously conducted by appointed colleges. These examinations are currently conducted by the Council.

Candidates who have attained entry to this examination may write the examination at an approved examination centre (See Annexure A) of the Council, on the dates set out by the Council.

Arrangements are to be made with the Council, the candidate and the specific examination centre.

Examination dates for foreign candidates will coincide with the scheduled dates for 2002, as reflected in the examination timetable for 2002.

NB    Foreign candidates who wish to write this examination in their country of origin, must stipulate this in their application. Such request will only be accommodated, if the candidate bears the total costs incurred, prior to the examination.

 

Signed
Mrs E Kaye-Petersen
Senior Manager: Professional Development Section
for Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

Circular 13/2001 SANC accreditation as an ETQA body

Circular 13/2001 SANC accreditation as an ETQA body

 
  

To all Nursing Education Institutions, Non-Training Institutions and Stakeholders

South African Nursing Council Accreditation as an Education and Training Quality Assurance Body

The South African Nursing Council a statutory body constituted in accordance with and governed by the Nursing Act No. 50 of 1978 (as amended) is charged with the responsibility for the regulating of nursing education, training and practice.

The South African Nursing Council has since 20 November 2000 been accredited as an Education and Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA) in terms of 5(1)(a)(ii) of the South African Qualifications Authority Act No. 58 of 1995.  As an ETQA the South African Nursing Council is responsible for monitoring and auditing achievements in terms of the national standards or qualifications in nursing.

The accreditation of the South African Nursing Council as an ETQA compliments the Councils existing statutory obligation and does not replace its existing role and function.

The reason the South African Nursing Council has applied for accreditation, as an ETQA, is to bring nursing education in line with the National Qualifications Framework.  The functions of an ETQA are functions that the South African Nursing Council has always been responsible for.  The functions highlighted in bold/blue are additional functions that the South African Nursing Council will execute as an ETQA:

Accredit providers of nursing programmes;
Promote quality amongst constituent providers;
Monitoring of nursing programmes;
Evaluating assessment and facilitating moderation amongst constituent providers;
Registering assessors;
The certification of learners;
Co-operating with relevant moderating bodies;
Recommending new standards or qualifications to National Standards Bodies or modifications to existing standards and qualifications;
Maintaining a database;
Submitting reports to SAQA

The South African Nursing Council will keep you informed of any new procedures or requirements that will be put in place to meet the above obligation.

Your co-operation and assistance in this regard will be appreciated.

 

Signed
Hasina Subedar
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

Notes:

  1. A copy of Board Notice 86 of 2014 was attached to the circular
  2. You will also qualify for the reduced restoration fee if you are 60 years of age or older on 1 Januray 2015.

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Disclaimer

Circular 12/2001 Amendment to Circular 18/99 dated 13 Dec 1999

Circular 12/2001 Amendment to Circular 18/99 dated 13 Dec 1999

12 October 2001

To all Nursing Education Institutions, Non Training Institutions and Stakeholders

Amendment to Circular 18/99 dated 13 December 1999

Transformation of Nursing Education and Training in South Africa

Section 1 of the above circular is hereby replaced by the following paragraphs:

 

1(a)   CONTINUATION OF ENROLLED NURSE TRAINING

The education and training of the enrolled nurses and enrolled auxiliary nurses categories should continue in order to meet the health needs of the population of South Africa.

 

1(b)   INCREASING ACCESS, MOBILITY AND CAREER PATHING WITHIN NURSING EDUCATION

Requirements for entry into nursing programmes

The present enrolled nurses and enrolled nursing auxiliaries should have access into the 4 year comprehensive diploma/degree programme and any other programme leading to registration as a nurse by applying the principles of recognition of prior learning (RPL).
The Standard 10 certificate or its equivalent should not be the only requirement for entering into the basic nursing education training programmes.  Recognition of Prior Learning should be implemented to access candidates to education and training.

Yours sincerely

 

Signed
Dr G Ramadi
for Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

Circular 15/2001 New format of SANC examination papers

Circular 15/2001 New format of SANC examination papers

11 October 2001

To all Nursing Education Institutions

New Format of South African Nursing Council Examination Papers

The Council has decided to use a new A4 format for its examination question papers.  An example can be downloaded for your information.

 

Signed
G Ramadi (Dr)
for Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

To view the example exam paper (in PDF format), click on the above link

 

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Circular 14/2001 Errors in the submission of Notification of Termination of Course and the Notification of Completion of Training

Circular 14/2001 Errors in the submission of the Notification of Termination of Course and the Notification of Completion of Training

 
  

To all Nursing Education Institutions, Non Training Institutions and Stakeholders

Errors in the Submission of Notification of Termination of Course and Notification of Completion of Training

During the past 3 years it has been observed that approximately 5% of documents submitted to Council for either Termination of course or Completion of Training have errors and inaccurate entries.

Termination of Training is sometimes used interchangeably with Completion of Training.  This has serious consequences for the student as well as the registering body.  These errors also lead to delays in registering/enrolling successful candidates thus resulting in frustration and inconvenience to persons applying for employment.

TERMINATION OF TRAINING

refers to discontinuation of training before the requirements for the course have been met.

COMPLETION OF TRAINING

occurs when all the requirements for the course have been met.

NURSING EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS ARE THEREFORE URGED TO PROVIDE THE COUNCIL WITH ACCURATE AND COMPLETE DOCUMENTATION

Your co-operation in this regard will be highly appreciated.

Yours sincerely

Signed
Dr G Ramadi
for Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

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Circular 11/2001 Notice of closure of SANC offices – 21 Dec to 2 Jan

Circular 11/2001 Notice of closure of SANC offices 21 Dec to 2 Jan

8 October 2001

To all Training Institutions, Nursing Colleges, Technikons, Universities and Stakeholders

Notice: Closure of South African Nursing Council Offices 21 December 2001 to 2 January 2002

Notice is hereby given that South African Nursing Council offices will be closed for the following period:

Close:              21 December 2001 at 13:00

Re-open:          2 January 2002 at 08:00

 

Signed
H Subedar (Ms)
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

Circular 10/2001 Revision of the Scope of Practice for Nurses

Circular 10/2001 Revision of the Scope of Practice for Nurses

15 August 2001

To all Nursing Education Institutions, Hospitals and Nursing Organizations

Revision of the Scope of Practice for Nurses – Extension of the closing date to 30 September 2001

Council has been inundated with requests from the nursing profession and other relevant stakeholders to extend the closing date in order to give them more time to deliberate on the Scope of Practice for Nurses.

Council on 24 July 2001, resolved to extend the closing date to 30 September 2001.

Your co-operation and commitment to improving service delivery is highly appreciated.

Comments should be forwarded to:

The South African Nursing Council
P O Box 1123
PRETORIA
0001

For attention:    Dr Grace Ramadi
Fax number:     (012) 343-5400
E-mail:             gramadi@sanc.co.za

 

Signed
Grace Ramadi
Deputy Registrar