Circular 17/2014 SANC year end closure and payment arrangements at year end

Circular 17/2014 SANC year end closing and payment arrangements at year end

 
  

26 November 2014

To:Department of Health
 Nursing Education Institutions
 Nursing Stakeholders

South African Nursing Council – Year End Closure

The South African Nursing Council offices will be closed for the year-end from Wednesday, 24 December 2014 at 12:00 pm and re-opens on Monday, 5 January 2015 at 08:00 am.

However, Cash Management will be opened for payment of Annual Fees and purchasing of Distinguishing Devices ONLY on the following dates:

29 November 2014 08:00 – 16:00
6 December 2014 08:00 – 16:00
13 December 2014 08:00 – 16:00
20 December 2014 08:00 – 16:00

Kindly inform all persons in your institutions so that they are aware in advance of the dates the Council will be closed.

Alternatively, payments for Annual Fees can be made into the Council’s bank account. Payments will be recorded effective from the date the payment is made into the bank account, or in the case of internet of other electronic banking payments, on the date that the transactions will be effected as per agreement with the client’s own bank.

SANC banking details are:

Name of bank : First National Bank
Account number : 514 211 86 193
Branch code : 253145
Reference : Persons own SANC Reference Number followed by ANLFEES

Nurse practitioners are further encouraged to make use of the ATM advance machines at First National Bank branches, to deposit cash for the payment of any fees prescribed by the South African Nursing Council.

A 15 character payment reference consisting of nurse practitioners’ 8 digit SANC REFERENCE NUMBER followed by a 7 CAPITAL LETTER payment type code must be provided when making a deposit.  For example

12345678ANLFEES

Please use the correct payment codes provided by SANC to assist in detecting payments easily from our account so that deposits can be speedily processed.  Whilst waiting for the Annual Practising Certificate to be posted by SANC, the employer can verify the registration status of the practitioner through SANC website by logging into SANC eRegister. To do this, you will require the practitioner’s SANC reference number or Identity Number (ID No).

 

(Signed)

Mr. Tendani Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

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Circular 15/2014 Update: Schedule of SANC Exams for 2015

Circular 15/2014 Schedule of SANC exams for 2015

 
  

22 October 2014

To:Principals of Nursing Education Institutions
 National Department of Health
 Provincial Departments of Health
 Nursing Stakeholders

South African Nursing Council ‘s Examination Schedule – 2015

Attached herewith, find the Examination Schedule for the year 2015.

Kindly take note of the following requirements applicable to the Council’s Examinations:

  1. The closing date for the examinations should be strictly adhered to and no exceptions or allowances will be made to extend these dates

  2. Only registered students/pupils will be eligible for an examination: The Head of the Nursing Education Institution (NEI) must ensure that all students/pupils are registered with the Council within the prescribed period (this does not apply to candidates writing the Admission Examinations for Enrolled Nurses, Foreign Nurses and Refugees Nurses)

  3. Council reference numbers are needed in the application form submitted by the NEI. Candidates will not be registered for an examination with an identity number.  Please follow up with the Council’s Registration Department first, if students/pupils are not registered for the course before registering students/pupils for an examination

  4. The Council will only process applications for entry into the Council’s Examination that meet the following requirements:

    1. The Examination Application Form is filled accurately, complete and signed by the relevant person/s.  The surname and given names must be those appearing in the identity document.

    2. All the required documents are included.

    3. There is proof of payment of the prescribed examination fees into the Council’s bank account; such payment must be done by the Nursing Education Institution (NEI) (group payment) and not by individual students/pupils.

Banking details are as follows:

Name of Bank:First National Bank
Account number:51425166282 (Current Account)
Branch:Corporate Core Banking – Pretoria
Branch code:253 – 145
Reference:NEI S-number followed immediately by the type of fee code ‘EXAMFEE’
  
 The correct reference must appear on all deposits to expedite the processing of your payment. The code ‘EXAMFEE’ must only be used for payment in respect of Examination Fees. This code must not be used for any other types of payment. Here is an example of what a correct reference will look like for an NEI with S-number S12345:

S12345EXAMFEE

NB:    The Head of the NEI must ensure that the payment of fees by the Provincial Department or Head Office is made separately for each NEI and for each specific examination.

Provincial bulk payments without specifications create administrative challenges and cause a delay in processing of the applications.

  1. Only those students/pupils that have been issued an examination timetable/number will be eligible to write the Council’s Examination

  2. All practical MARK SHEETS must be submitted to the Council by registered mail/courier by the end of the month in which the examination is written.  If the PRACTICAL MARK SHEETS in SANC format are not submitted on time, the examination results will be published without the practical marks, hence qualification certificates will not be issued to the affected candidates

  3. No practical mark sheet or any other documents must be enclosed with the examination package.  Practical mark sheet must be sent directly to the Assessments Section

  4. The Council reserves the right to reschedule an examination venue if there are insufficient candidates who will be writing in such an examination venue

  5. The NEIs must inform all their students/pupils of the examination results once published.  No examination results will be given out telephonically by the Council.  However, students/pupils will receive results via text messages (SMSes) from the Council.

  6. In respect of the Admission Examination of the Course Leading to Enrolment as a Nurse, the NEI has a responsibility to establish that the learner complies with the requirements of Regulation 7(4)(a) published by Government Notice No.R.7 of 8 January 1993 and Regulation 9(1)(b) published by Government Notice No. R.2175 of 19 November 1993 (as amended) before the learner is entered for the Admission Examination

  7. The Admission Examination for the Course Leading to Enrolment as a Nurse now only applies effectively to those Nursing Auxiliaries who are pre – 1993 followed the 100-Day Course Leading to Enrolment as a Nursing Assistant where the final examination was conducted by the institution and not by the Council

  8. No learner shall be allowed to write the final examination of the (R.2175) Course before he/she has: 

    1. passed the first year examination (R.2175);

    2. passed the Council’s Auxiliary Nursing Examination (R.2176); 

    3. passed the Admission Examination for (R.2175); or 

    4. obtained the Auxiliary Qualification on the basis of the 4-year course.

Yours sincerely

 

(Signed)

Mr. T. Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

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Circular 16/2014 Update: Delays in postage due to industrial action at SA Post Office

Circular 16/2014 Update: Delays in postage due to industrial action at the SA Post Office

 
  

15 October 2014

To:National Department of Health
 Provincial Departments of Health
 All Stakeholders

Update:  Delays in Postage due to Industrial Action at the South African Post Office

 

The purpose of this letter is to update all SANC stakeholders regarding the unprotected industrial action at the South African Post Office and its impact on SANC services.

SANC has received another correspondence from the South African Post Office – Accounts Manager informing SANC that the industrial action by the employees of the Post Office is still continuing.  Although services have been restored to some extent in greater Johannesburg, other areas such as Tshwane Mail Centre, Polokwane Mail Centre and Bloemfontein Mail Centre are still not operational.

Due to the extent of the above disruptions, SANC postal services have also been affected.  This includes all mails that are normally sent to SANC by its clients or sent from SANC (e.g. Training Records, Qualifications Certificates and Annual Practising Certificates etc.).

In view of these challenges, SANC is delivering some parcels where possible through courier.  However, we would like to urge our clients to make arrangements for collection and delivery of urgent goods to and from the Council building whilst we are waiting for the situation at the SA Post Office to stabilize and return to normal.

We shall keep you posted regarding further developments in this regard.

Yours sincerely

(Signed)

Mr. T. Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

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Circular 14/2014 Handling and approval of applications relating to legacy Nursing Education programmes

Circular 14/2014 Handling and approval of applications relating to legacy Nursing Education programmes

 
  

10 October 2014

To:Nursing Education Institutions
 National Department of Health
 Provincial Departments of Health
 All Stakeholders

Handling and Approval of Applications relating to the Legacy Nursing Education Programmes

Purpose

To inform all nursing stakeholders of the last date of receipt and handling of applications in respect to the Legacy Nursing Qualifications for approval of New Nursing Education Institutions, additional Clinical Facilities, increase of number of learners and relocation to new premises.

Background 

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) is preparing for introduction of New Nursing Qualifications which are planned to commence in January 2015.  To provide the opportunity for SANC and the providers to adequately prepare for the implementation of the New Nursing Programmes whilst phasing out the Legacy Nursing Programmes, SANC is also scaling down resources allocated for the Legacy Nursing Programmes and ensuring that there is a maximum use of these resources in the implementation of the New Nursing Programmes.  This will also ensure that there is a smooth transition between the Legacy Nursing Programmes and the New Nursing Programmes.

In lieu of the above, the Council has in its meeting held on the 18 – 19 September 2014 resolved that the last date of receipt and handling of applications in respect to the Legacy Nursing Qualifications for approval of the following is 31 December 2014.

These are applications for:

  1. Opening New Nursing Education Institutions to offer the Legacy Nursing Qualifications
  2. Additional Clinical Facilities for placement of learners by the existing Nursing Education Institutions offering the Legacy Nursing Qualifications
  3. Increasing the number of learners by the existing Nursing Education Institutions offering the Legacy Nursing Qualifications
  4. Relocation to new premises by the existing Nursing Education Institutions offering the Legacy Nursing Qualifications

The South African Nursing Council will only process applications relating to the above matters which are received before 31 December 2014.  No applications will be accepted nor processed after this date.

This circular becomes effective on the date of issue.

For further clarity on this circular, you are advised to contact the Senior Manager: Education and Training; Dr. S.W. Mkhize.

Yours sincerely

 

(Signed)

Mr. T. Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

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Circular 12/2014 Extension to offer supplementary and post-basic qualifications

SANC Circular 12/2014 Extension to offer supplementary and post-basic qualifications

30 September 2014

To: Nursing Education Institutions
  National Department of Health
  Provincial Departments of Health
  All Stakeholders

Extension to offer Supplementary and Post Basic (Additional) Qualifications including the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses leading to Registration as a General Nurse or Psychiatric Nurse

 

Purpose

To inform all stakeholder about the Council resolutions on the above mentioned subject.

Background

The end date of enrolment for the Legacy Nursing Qualifications is 30 June 2015, with a teach out period of two years as prescribed by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).  The production of Professional Nurses will be severely affected if the above mentioned programmes are stopped while regulations for the new programmes such as the Postgraduate Diploma for Nurse/Midwife Specialist are not yet promulgated.  It is against this background that the Council resolved to extend the period for offering the following Legacy Nursing Education and Training Programmes:

1.1    Course Leading to Registration as Midwife (Government Notice No. R.254 of 14 February 1975 as amended)

1.2    Course Leading to Registration as Psychiatric Nurse (Government Notice No. R.880 of 2 May 1975 as amended)

1.3    Course Leading to the Diploma in Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment, Treatment and Care (Government Notice No. R.48 of 22 January 1982 as amended)

1.4    Course in Clinical Nursing Science Leading to Registration of an Additional Qualification (Government Notice No. R.212 of 19 February 1993 as amended)

A special concession has been given for the Bridging Course for Enrolled Nurses Leading to Registration as a General Nurse or Psychiatric Nurse (Government Notice No. R.683 of 14 April 1989 as amended).  The end date of enrolment for the Bridging Course (R.683) is 1 January 2017 and the end date of this qualification is 31 December 2020.

The end date of enrolment for other courses mentioned above will be determined in due course and providers will be informed accordingly.

This circular becomes implementable on the date of its issue.

For further clarity on this circular, you are advised to contact the Senior Manager: Education and Training; Dr S.W. Mkhize.

Yours sincerely

 

(Signed)

Mr. T. Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

Circular 11/2014 Extension of offering the education and training programme R.425

Circular 11/2014 Extension of offering the Education and Training programme R.425  

30 September 2014

 

To: Nursing Education Institutions
  National Department of Health
  Provincial Departments of Health
  All Stakeholders

Extension of Offering the Education and Training Programme Leading to Registration as a Nurse (General, Psychiatric and Community) and Midwife (Government Notice No. R.425 of 22 February 1985 as amended)

 

Purpose

To inform all stakeholders about the Council’s resolutions about the above mentioned subject.

Background

The end date of enrolment for the Legacy Qualifications is 30 June 2015 with a teach out period of two years as prescribed by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).  The highest producers of the above mentioned programme are Public Nursing Colleges which are under the auspices of the nine Provincial Departments of Health and governed by various provincial ordinances or Nursing College Acts.  To align Public Nursing Colleges with the prescripts of the Higher Education Qualification Sub-Framework (HEQSF), these colleges must be registered as Higher Education Institutions to be eligible to offer qualifications on a Higher Qualification Band.  The process requires the establishment of the Public Nursing Colleges Act, policies and guidelines amongst other things, to gain status as a college sector which is prescribed in section 21(3) of the Higher Education Act, 1995 (Act No. 101 of 1995 as amended).

The table below provides the empirical evidence that Public Nursing Colleges are the highest producers of Professional Nurses as compared to the Universities over the last five years.

Table 1

NEIs

OUTPUTS

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Colleges 1967 2337 2376 2473 2340
Universities  671 629 590 752 651

 

It is against this background that the Council resolved at its meeting held on 18–19 September 2014 that:

  1. The period for Public Nursing Colleges to offer the Education and Training Programme Leading to Registration as a Nurse (General, Psychiatric and Community) and Midwife (Government Notice No. R.425 of 22 February 1985 as amended) be extended as follows :

1.1    The end date of enrolment is January 2018

1.2    The end date of qualification is December 2023.

This circular becomes implementable on the date of issue.

For further clarity on this circular, you are advised to contact the Senior Manager: Education and Training; Dr. S.W. Mkhize.

Yours sincerely

 

(Signed)

Mr. T. Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

 

Circular 13/2014 Legacy Nursing Education and Training programmes that will NO LONGER BE OFFERED after 30 June 2015

Circular 13/2014 Legacy Nursing Education and Training programmes that will NO LONGER BE OFFERED after 30 June 2015

30 September 2014

To: Nursing Education Institutions
  National Department of Health
  Provincial Departments of Health
  All Stakeholders

Legacy Nursing Education and Training Programmes that will be NO LONGER OFFERED after 30 June 2015

 

Purpose

To inform all stakeholders about the date on which the offering of certain Legacy Nursing Education and Training programmes will be discontinued.

Background

The end date of enrolment for the Legacy Nursing Qualifications is 30 June 2015, with a teach out period of two years as prescribed by South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).  The production of nurses who have undergone the Course Leading to Enrolment as a Nurse (Government Notice No. R.2175 of 19 November 1993 as amended) or Course Leading to Enrolment as Nursing Auxiliary (Government Notice No. R.2176 of 19 November 1993 as amended) has increased alarmingly over the last five years.  The table below provides the empirical evidence on the production of these categories of nurses.

Table 1A 

Category Students who passed examinations
2009  2010 2011 2012 2013
ENA  5779  5125  5232  5009  5901
EN  7493  7511  7391  7732  8954

 Table 1B

Category SANC Register
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
ENA 62440  63472  64526  65969  67895
EN 48078  52370  55408  58722  63788

It is against this background that the Council resolved that the following Legacy Nursing Qualifications must be discontinued, paving the way for the implementation of the New Nursing Qualifications:

1)    The Course Leading to Enrolment as a Nurse (Government Notice No. R.2175 of 19 November 1993 as amended).

2)    The Course Leading to Enrolment as a Nursing Auxiliary (Government Notice No. R.2176 of 19 November 1993 as amended).

The Council further resolved that the prospective applicants who wish to offer new qualifications (Higher Certificate: Auxiliary Nurse; Government Notice No. R.169 of 8 March 2013 and Diploma in Nursing: Staff Nurse; Government Notice No. R.171 of 8 March 2013) must apply to:

1)    Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in order to obtain a registration certificate and number

2)    South African Nursing Council (SANC) and submit the programmes in order to get endorsement letter from SANC

3)    Council on Higher Education (CHE) and submit the programmes for accreditation.

All prospective applicants are advised to visit the SANC website (www.sanc.co.za) and to download the following documents for further information:

1)    Circular 6/2012 and Circular 8/2013 (these can be found in the Archive page).

2)    Revised Qualifications Frameworks issued in July 2014.

This circular becomes implementable on the date of its issue.

For further clarity on this circular, you are advised to contact the Senior Manager: Education and Training; Dr S.W. Mkhize.

Yours sincerely

 

(Signed)

Mr. T. Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

 

Circular 10/2014 Post Office strike causes postage delays

Circular 10/2014 Post Office strike causes postage delays

 

 
  

17 September 2014

TO:Heads of Nursing Education Institutions
 Nursing Stakeholders

Delay on Postage from South African Nursing Council (SANC)

 

Purpose

To inform nurse practitioners about the delay of postage from South African Nursing Council due to unprotected industrial action by South African Post Office’s casual and part time employees.

Background

The South African Post Office (SAPO) embarked on unprotected industrial action which has extended to three weeks.  Due to this, the South African Nursing Council (SANC) would like to sensitise nurse practitioners and other relevant stakeholders of the huge delays and backlogs caused on the postage of correspondences from SANC.

Though SAPO has contingency plans and precautionary measures in place, the impact might still have negative consequences. You will be kept abreast with further developments in this regard.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

 

(Signed)

Mr. Tendani Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

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Press Release 2/2014 Prescribing of morphine by Professional Nurses

Press Release 2/2014 Prescribing of morphine by Professional Nurses

 
  

15 August 2014

ATTENTION: NEWS EDITORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

PRESCRIBING OF MORPHINE BY PROFESSIONAL NURSES

The South African Nursing Council has noted with concern a statement by DENOSA which implies that the Council is withholding “rights” of Professional Nurses to prescribe Morphine.  We regard the statement as reckless and misleading and we would like to provide clarity as follows:

The current provision is for authorised Professional Nurses to prescribe medicine from Schedule 1 to Schedule 4.  Note has to be taken that Morphine is a Schedule 6 drug, therefore outside the current provisions pertaining to the prescribing of medicine by the Professional Nurses.  It must be further noted that for a Professional Nurse, to qualify as an authorised prescriber, she/he must comply not only with the Nursing Act 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005), but also with other legislation such as the Medicine and Related Substances Control Act (Act No. 101 of 1965) and the Pharmacy Act (Act No. 53 of 1974).  The aforesaid authorisation is issued by the Director General (DG) of Health to the practitioners who met the prescribed requirements stated in the Medicine and Related Substance Control Act 1965 (Act No. 101 of 1965).  In this respect we find the statement by DENOSA not only misleading to the Public and the practitioners but also devoid of truth and material facts.  In our quest to address issues relating to nurse prescribers, SANC has just finalized the review of the current Nursing Act and will be working with all relevant stakeholders such as the Medicines Control Council (MCC), the National Department of Health and the Pharmacy Council in an attempt to find an amicable solution for authorization of Professional Nurses and Midwives as prescribers for certain schedules of medicines in a way that will be consistent with our mandate to protect the Public whilst also ensuring that we fully support Primary Health Care (PHC) re-engineering and the role played by Professional Nurses and Midwives in delivery of health care services in South Africa.

This will ensure that Professional Nurses and Midwives who successfully completed a prescribed programme or prescribed supplementary courses are able to prescribe medicine in accordance with the prescripts of the Nursing Act and other relevant legislation.  Our approach as SANC is not aimed at addressing the challenges faced by Professional Nurses in palliative care only, but also to address challenges faced by the Nurse and Midwife Specialists working in different clinical settings and disciplines who are confronted with the same challenges on a daily basis.

 

ENDS

Issued by

The Registrar & CEO:  Mr Tendani Mabuda
South African Nursing Council
Cecilia Makiwane Building
P O Box 1123
Pretoria
0001

For more information contact:

Ms Party Day Moloi
Tel : 012 426 9542 / 083 496 8366
Fax : 012 426 9554 / 086 231 9094

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Circular 9/2014 Annual and Restoration Fees for 2015

Circular 9/2014 Annual Fees for 2015

 
  

31 July 2014

To:Nursing Education Institutions
 Universities
 Provincial and National Departments of Health
 Nursing Stakeholders

1.     Closing Date for Payment of Annual Fees
2.     Annual Fees for 2015
3.     Restoration Fees for 2015

 

PURPOSE OF THE CIRCULAR

The purpose of this circular is to:

Inform nurses of the closing date for the payments of annual fees for the calendar year 2015
Inform nurses of the increased Annual Fees due for the calendar year 2015
Inform nurses of the increased Restoration Fees applicable from 1 January 2015.

 

1.     CLOSING DATE FOR PAYMENT OF ANNUAL FEES

Please note that the closing date for the payment of Annual Fees is 31 December annually, however for calendar year 2015 ONLY, the closing date has changed to 31 January 2015. You are therefore urged to pay as soon as possible in order to avoid the last minute rush. The annual fees for calendar year 2015 have been increased based on the Consumer Price Index of 5.8 %.

 

2.     ANNUAL FEES FOR 2015

2.1   Normal Annual Fees

The Annual Fees for the calendar year 2015 for the different categories of practitioners are given in the following table:

Category Annual Fee for 2015 
Registered Nurses and Midwives R550.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R340.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R230.00

2.2   Reductions in Annual Fees for Age 60 and Over

The Council has resolved to introduce reduced fees for nurses 60 years of age and over as per the tables below:

2.2.1   60 to 64 Years of Age on 1 January 2015 (25% reduction)

Category Annual Fee for 2015 
Registered Nurses and Midwives R410.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R250.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R170.00

2.2.2   Over 64 years of Age on 1 January 2015 (50% reduction)

Category Annual Fee for 2015 
Registered Nurses and Midwives R270.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R170.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R110.00

NB:  To qualify for the discount amounts, a practitioner may be required to submit a certified copy of his/her identity document in order to confirm his/her age.

Notes:

The Annual Fees for 2015 must be paid by 31 January 2015
Please pay as soon as possible to avoid the last minute rush
The amounts in the tables above all include 14% VAT.

 

3.     RESTORATION FEES FOR 2014

The Restoration Fees for the different categories applicable from 1 February 2015 are shown in the following table:

Category Normal
Restoration Fee 
Reduced
Restoration Fee 
Registered Nurses and Midwives R1650,00R110,00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R1020,00R110,00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R690,00R110,00

Notes:

The increased fees apply to restorations that are EFFECTIVE from a date after 31 January 2015 – no matter when the fee is paid.  In other words, if you meet all the requirements for restoration after 31 January 2015 OR if you request restoration with effect from a date after 31 January 2015.
The reduced Restoration Fee will only apply if your name was removed from the Register at your own request – this must be confirmed with the Council before paying the reduced amount.

(Signed)

Mr. Tendani Mabuda 
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

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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