News 11/2017

News 11/2017


4 December 2017

TO: All SANC Clients
FROM: Ms SA Mchunu

Registrar and CEO

SANC offices closed from 11:00 on 22 December 2017

The SANC offices will be closed for the year-end from Friday, 22 December 2017 at 12:00 midday however for operational reasons, the gates will be closed at 11:00 am. The office will reopen on Wednesday, 3 January 2018 at 08:00 am.

Reminder: All annual Fees must be paid on or before 31 December 2017 in order to avoid restoration fees.

The SA Nursing Council would like to wish you and your families well during the festive season. Travel safely.

Yours sincerely

(Signed)

Ms SA Mchunu
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

News 10/2017

News 10/2017


28 November 2017

TO: All SANC Clients and Colleagues
FROM: Ms SA Mchunu

Registrar and CEO

 

SANC OFFICES CLOSED FROM 11:00 ON 1 DECEMBER 2017

 

The SANC offices will be closed due to business operational issues on Friday, 1 December 2017 from 11:00 and reopen on Monday, 4 December 2017 at 08:00 am.

 

Yours sincerely

(Signed)

Ms SA Mchunu
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

News 9/2017

News 9/2017

10 November 2017

TO: All SANC Clients
FROM: Ms SA Mchunu

Acting Registrar and CEO


South African Nursing Council Examination Schedule – 2018

Attached is the Examination Schedule for 2018.

Kindly take note of the following requirements applicable to the Council 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 learners will be eligible for an examination: The Head of the Nursing Education Institution (NEI) must ensure that all learners are registered with the Council within the prescribed period. Foreign applicants apply as individuals though will have to adhere to the prescribed period.
  3. Candidates will not be registered for an examination with only an identity number. Council reference numbers are needed in all cases. Please follow up with the Council Registration department first, if learners are not registered for the course before registering candidates for an examination.
  4. The Council will only process applications for entry into a Council examination that meet the following requirements:

    a) The Examination Application Form is completed in full, accurately and signed by the relevant person/s. The surname and given names must be those appearing in the identity document.

    b) All the required documentation to be included.

    c) There is proof of payment of prescribed examination fee into the Council’s bank account; such payment must be done by the Nursing Education Institution (NEI) (group payment) and not by learners.

    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 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 fee. 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 payment of fees by their 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.

  5. Only those candidates that have been issued an examination timetable/number will be eligible to write a Council examination.
  6. 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 certificate will not be issued to the affected candidates.
  7. The Council requests Invigilators not to enclose the practical mark sheet or any other documents with the Examination package.
  8. The Council reserves the right to cancel an examination reflected on the schedule if there are insufficient candidates for such an examination.
  9. The Council request the NEI’s to inform all their candidates of the outcome of the examination results once published. No examination results will be given out telephonically by the Council. However, candidates will receive results via text messages (SMS).

NB: Examination fees are non-refundable in accordance with Government Notice No. R.170 of  8 March 2013.

 

Circular 7/2017

Circular 7/2017


7 November 2017

 

TO: All SANC Clients

 

Possible disruption of services at the SANC offices on 8 November 2017

 

Please note that although the SANC offices will be open, a possible disruption of services at its office may be experienced due to the national taxi strike and subsequent march to the Union Buildings on Wednesday 8 November. Clients and visitors are advised to assess the situation and put safety first.

Your co-operation is highly appreciated and any inconvenience is regretted.

Yours sincerely

(Signed)

Ms S Mchunu
Registrar and CEO: SA Nursing Council

 

News 8/2017

News 8/2017

31 October 2017

TO: Nursing Employers
FROM: Ms SA Mchunu

Registrar and CEO

Annual Practicing Certificates for 2018

1. Payment Period

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) would like to remind all employers of nurses and midwives, both public and private sector, about the 2018 Annual Practicing Certificates’ (APCs) payment period which commenced on 1 July 2017 and ends on 31 December 2017. 

The SANC would like to request employers to encourage nurse practitioners to pay for their APCs by no later than 31 December 2017 so as to avoid them having their names removed from the SANC register and having to pay a restoration fee.

 

2. Payment methods

bullet 2.1 New on-line payment method

The SANC is in the process of introducing an electronic payment method that will enable nurse practitioners to make APC payments via the SANC website by using smart phones, personal computers or internet café facilities. The SANC is in consultation with First National Bank (FNB) regarding this system and as soon as this method has been tested the SANC will communicate the information to all relevant stakeholders.

bullet 2.2 Current payment system

Nurse practitioners can, in the interim, continue making direct deposits at any First National bank. It is important that the individual practitioner’s SANC Reference Number and Payment Code “ANLFEES” are provided when doing a direct deposit at FNB. Failure to provide the correct information will result in the SANC not being able to allocate the money to the correct account and thus the SANC will not be able to issue the required APC.

 

3. E-Register

The SANC would like to remind employers about the importance of utilising the E-register feature on the SANC website. The data published on this register suffices as a proof of registration for nurse practitioners and can be used by employers to verify the registration status of all nurse practitioners in their employment. The integrity of the database ensures that it is not necessary for employers to be presented with a physical APC certificate. The eRegister data base can be accessed by clicking here. 

 

4. 2018 fee structure

The annual fees for 2018 for the different categories of practitioners are: 

Category Annual Fee
Registered Nurses and Midwives R630.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R380.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R270.00

 

The SANC also offers reduced fees as follows:

Category Annual Fee
Registered Nurses and Midwives R310.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R190.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R130.00

Persons who are over 60 and 64 years of age on 1 January 2018 receive a 25% and 50% reduction respectively. 

 

Your assistance in this matter is appreciated. If you have any questions regarding the APC payment or eRegister please contact Mr P Modiselle, Manager: Revenue Services at 012 426-9557 or pmodiselle@sanc.co.za 

 

Kind regards

_________________

(Signed)

Ms SA Mchunu
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

Circular 6/2017

Circular 6/2017


13 October 2017

TO: Director: Nursing Services, Department of Health – Western Cape
  Nursing Education Institutions

 

Sale of Distinguishing Devices

This circular serves to advise nursing practitioners who are attending the SANC Western Cape Outreach event from 16 – 20 October that, due to manufacturing problems experienced by the supplier, the selling of shoulder badges will not be possible at this event. All other distinguishing devices will be available.

As part of our continued commitment to service, the South African Nursing Council will however be taking orders for the shoulder badges at the outreach and these devices will then be delivered to the Western Cape Provincial Department of Health offices in due course. Affected nurse practitioners will be informed once these devices are available.

We would like to offer our sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

 

(Signed)

Ms S Mchunu
Registrar and CEO: SA Nursing Council

 

Press Rel 8/2017

Press Rel 8/2017

 

FOR ATTENTION: News Editors
SUBJECT: SANC Annual Practicing Fees due by 31 December 2017
  31 October 2017

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) would like to remind nursing practitioners to pay their annual practicing fees for 2018 by no later than 31 December 2017. Upon full payment being received into the bank account of the SANC, the SANC issues Annual Practicing Certificates (APCs) to individual nurse practitioners who have paid their fees on time. The SANC will remove the names of practitioners who have not paid their full registration fees timeously in terms of the Nursing Act, 2005 on 1 January 2018.

Unlike other professionals, nursing practitioners are afforded the opportunity to make full payment for their APCs during a 6-month period, commencing from 1 July every year. The APC fees for 2018 were published in the Government Gazette in June 2017 and were communicated by way of circulars, SMS messages to nursing practitioners as well as letters sent to employers.

Says Ms Sizeni Mchunu, Registrar and CEO of the SANC: “Practitioners can pay their annual fees at any First National Bank (FNB) branch in the country. In addition, the SANC is again undertaking several outreach programmes from July to December 2017 in all nine provinces where practitioners can pay and receive their certificates immediately. To date 72 273 practitioners out of 283 589 have paid their annual fees for 2018.

The SANC normal annual practicing fees have been kept affordable as per previous years, and for 2018 are:

Registered Nurses and Midwives R630.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R380.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R270.00

Persons who are over 60 and 64 years of age on 1 January 2018 receive a 25% and 50% reduction respectively e.g. persons over 64 years of age pay the following fees:

Registered Nurses and Midwives R310.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R190.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R130.00

The restoration fees however, which are penalties for late payment, are regulated under the Regulations Regarding Fees and Fines Payable to the South African Nursing Council, Regulation R.170 as promulgated on 8 March 2013. These fees are thus higher than the annual practicing fees. It should be noted that if nursing practitioners pay their annual fees within the 6-month allocated time as described above and payment is received into the bank account of the SANC by 31 December 2017, that the practitioners would avoid having to pay a restoration fee.

In addition, payment prior to the deadline enables the SANC to mail the practitioner’s certificate (APC) earlier and not during the Christmas period which is the busiest time of the year for the South African Post Office.

The SANC has made an eRegister available to employers that serves as sufficient proof for an employer to verify that nurse practitioners are registered for the relevant year should they not have received their physical APC on time. Using this service would make it unnecessary for nurses to travel to pick up the physical APC from the SANC offices in Pretoria. The eRegister is available on the SANC website at www.sanc.co.za/eRegister.htm,” says Ms Mchunu.

                                                                     ENDS

Official Spokesperson and person to be quoted:

Ms S Mchunu
Registrar and CEO: SA Nursing Council

Issued by:

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

For more information or to arrange for an interview with the Spokesperson, please contact Mrs. Adri van Eeden on  email: avaneeden@sanc.co.za

 

Circular 5/2017

Circular 5/2017


29 September 2017

TO: National Department of Health
  Provincial Department of Health
  Nursing Education Institutions
  All Stakeholders

 

Appointment: Registrar and CEO of the South African Nursing Council

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Sizo Mchunu as the Registrar and CEO of the South African Nursing Council, by the Honorable Minister of Health Dr A. Motsoaledi MP, in terms of Section 18(1) and (3) of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005) with effect from 01 October 2017. 

Ms Mchunu brings a wealth of knowledge accumulated and demonstrated through her 37 years in the professional nursing. She has worked as a clinical nurse and lectured at both undergraduate and post-basic levels at a College of Nursing as well as a University for a combined period of 18 years.

She has also gained vast knowledge and experience in the regulatory environment, and has been responsible for senior and strategic leadership at the SANC as Deputy Registrar as well as being appointed and seconded as an Acting Registrar in 2009 and 2016 respectively. 

Prior to this appointment, Ms Mchunu was appointed as Director Nursing Practice and later Nursing Education within the Office of the Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at the National Department of Health. 

A seasoned educator, Ms Mchunu has extensive knowledge of the Higher Education landscape. She has served, upon appointment by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, as a member of the Interim and later substantive Council of the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. 

The South African Nursing Council welcomes Ms Mchunu and wishes her every success as together it strives to achieve the level of service to the public as envisaged in the Nursing Act, 2005.

 

(Signed)

Prof BR Bhengu
Chairperson

 

News 7/2017

News 7/2017


26 September 2017

TO: All SANC Clients
FROM: Ms SA Mchunu

Acting Registrar and CEO

 

SANC OFFICES CLOSED ON 27 SEPTEMBER 2017

Please note that the Council offices will be closed for business on Wednesday, 27 September 2017 because of the likelihood of disruption of services due to the COSATU National mass strike action.

The Council offices will re-open for business at 08:00 on Thursday, 28 September 2017.

Your cooperation is highly appreciated and any inconvenience is regretted.

Yours sincerely

(Signed)

Ms SA Mchunu
Acting Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

News 6/2017

News 6/2017

 

TO: All Stakeholders
FROM: Ms SA Mchunu

Acting Registrar and CEO

ISSUING OF 2018 ANNUAL PRACTISING CERTIFICATES

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) is pleased to inform all nurse practitioners that technical challenges which affected the issuing of 2018 Annual Practicing Certificates (APCs) have now been resolved. 

Nurse practitioners can pay at FNB or SANC premises. SANC is in the process of posting the APCs for those who paid through the bank. 

The banking details are as follows: 
NAME OF BANK : FIRST NATIONAL BANK
BUSINESS TRADING NAME : SA NURSING COUNCIL
ACCOUNT NUMBER : 514 211 86 193
BRANCH CODE : 253145
REFERENCE : SANC REFERENCE NUMBER FOLLOWED BY ANLFEES

SANC apologises for the inconvenience caused and wishes to thank all for the patience.