Circular 6/2018

Circular 6/2018

13 December 2018

 

TO: Nursing Education Institutions
  Nursing Stakeholders

 

South African Nursing Council Examination Schedule – 2019


Attached is the Examination Schedule for 2019

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:

bullet 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.
bullet b) All the required documentation to be included.
bullet 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, except for foreign candidates.

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 according to Regulation regarding fees and fines payable to the South African Nursing Council (Regulation No.170 of 8 March 2013)

 

Ms SA Mchunu
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

Circular 5/2018

Circular 5/2018

14 November 2018

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

 

South African Nursing Council – Year-end closure

The South African Nursing Council offices will be closed for the year-end from Friday, 21 December 2018 at 12:00 midday, however for operational reasons the gates will be closed at 11:00am, and will re-open on Thursday, 3 January 2019 at 8:00am

Annual fees must be paid into the Council’s bank account on or before 31 December 2018 to avoid restoration fees. Bank transfers may take up to 3 work days, therefore a safe date to pay via bank transfer is by 24 December 2018.

The SANC banking details are:

Name of bankFirst National Bank
Account number514 211 86 193
Branch code253145
ReferencePerson’s own SANC reference number followed by ANLFEES

Whilst waiting for the Annual Practising Certifcate to be posted by the SANC, then employer can verify the registration status of the practitioner through the SANC website by logging into the SANC eRegister at www.sanc.co.za. To do this, they will require the practitioner’s SANC reference number or Identity Number (ID No).

Kindly inform all persons in your institutions so that they are aware of the closing dates for the SANC.

We wish you all the best over the festive season and look forward to working with you in 2019.

Kind regards,

(Signed)

Ms SA Mchunu
Registrar and CEO
South African Nursing Council

News 4/2018

News 4/2018

26 October 2018

TO:All SANC Clients
FROM:Ms SA Mchunu
Registrar and CEO

 

SANC offices closed from 11:00 on 9 December 2017

The SANC offices will be closed for operational reasons from 11:00 am on Friday, 9 November 2018 and will reopen on Monday, 12 November 2018 at 08:00 am

 



Press Rel 9/2018

Press Rel 9/2018

FOR ATTENTION: News Editors
SUBJECT: Shortage of nurses and the new nursing curriculum
  23 October 2018


The South African Nursing Council (SANC) notes with concern the article published in the media recently and its factually incorrect information that has been disseminated to the public and the nursing fraternity.

 

The SANC would like to clarify the statements made in these articles, with these facts:

The curriculum submissions that the SANC has received so far, have been and continue to be evaluated and some have also served at meetings of internal structures of the SANC. These applications have been received from Universities, Public Colleges and private nursing schools. It is therefore factually incorrect that ”South Africa will soon have a shortage of nurses due to the dragging of feet/dawdling in approving a new curriculum”. The public and the profession is misled by such incorrect information.

 

The matter of “nurses will no longer be able to train at provincial training colleges”, is disputable. Factually, some Public Nursing Colleges have submitted their programmes to the SANC and the process of evaluation towards accreditation is underway.

 

The information provided stating that “there are only six other private institutions that are currently running private programmes” is factually incorrect. There is about sixty four (64) private institutions (including private hospital groups) that are currently offering nursing programmes in South Africa.

 

The following information in the articles is also incorrect: “The new act makes provision for a new category of nurse – a general nurse”.

The Act Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No 33 of 2005) makes provision for the following categories:

Professional Nurse
Midwife
Staff nurse (general nurses
Auxiliary nurse OR
Auxiliary Midwife (There will be no qualifications for this category).

 

Nurse Specialist and Midwife Specialist categories were created through a board notice published by the Minister of Health in the Government Gazette No. 368 of 15 May 2014 – Notice regarding the creation of categories of practitioners in terms of section 31(2) of the Nursing Act, 2005.

 

Ms Sizeni Mchunu, CEO and Registrar of the SANC says: “It is regrettable that the public and the nursing fraternity have been misled and provided with factually incorrect information by persons who may not be well vested with these issues. Non-approval of submitted curriculums that do not comply with the minimum requirements does not constitute delays by the SANC.”

 

ENDS

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 
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 

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

                                                                     

 

Press Rel 8/2018

Press Rel 8/2018

FOR ATTENTION: News Editors
SUBJECT: 2018 World Stroke Day
  22 October 2018


A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Without blood, brain cells can be damaged or die, depending on which part of the brain is affected and how quickly the person is treated. The effects of stroke on survivors can be devastating to a person’s body, mobility and speech as well as how they think and feel. 

 

The World Stroke Organization reports that around 80 million people in the world today have experienced a stroke and over 50 million survivors live with some form of permanent disability as a result.

 

The South African Nursing Council will be joining the world in the commemoration of World Stroke Day on 29 October 2018. Ms Sizo Mchunu, Registrar and CEO says: “The SANC, as the governing body of the nursing profession and nursing education, would like to urge the public and nurses alike to make sure that they act fast if they suspect that someone has symptoms of a stroke as the ability to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke can mean the difference between life and death. Look out for the following signs and symptoms: droop or uneven smile, arm numbness or weakness, slurred speech, vision troubles, and overall fatigue.” 

 

Six key facts about stroke treatment:

bullet Early recognition makes a big difference,
bullet Around one in ten more people make an excellent recovery when cared for in a specialized unit, 
bullet Clot-busting drugs (TPA or Thromolysis) increase the chance of a good outcome by 30%, 
bullet Clot retrieval treatment increases the chance of a good outcome by more than 50%, 
bullet Rehabilitation is a critical step in treatment process, and 
bullet One in four survivors will have another stroke. 

 

A stroke can happen to anyone, at any time, and at any age. Save a life by knowing what signs and symptoms to look for and act immediately.

ENDS

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 
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 

  

Press Rel 7/2018

Press Rel 7/2018

FOR ATTENTION: News Editors
SUBJECT: SANC Virtual Office to assist nurse in nine provinces
  31 August 2018


The South African Nursing Council’s (SANC) virtual office for nurses will be operating again in nine provinces, starting on 3 September 2018.

 

Says Ms Sizeni Mchunu, Acting Registrar of the SANC: “The purpose of the SANC Virtual Office is to bring limited walk-in services such as payment of annual fees, selling of distinguishing devices, providing information related to the SANC, etc. to the nurses’ doorstep and thus eliminating the need for them to travel to Pretoria.”

The services that will be offered at the Virtual Office include:


PAYMENT OF ANNUAL FEES OTHER SERVICES

Nurses are requested to provide the SANC officials with their SANC reference numbers rather than ID numbers for the processing of annual fees payments.
There is no limitation for the number of people you can pay for. However, one must ensure that the daily limit is increased with their respective banks.
The SANC further requests nurses to avoid using more than one bank card for payments because that delays the process. It would be appreciated / better if they deposit the money into one person’s account to save time.
If a person has paid at the bank already, the outreach staff cannot print their Annual Practising Certificates (APCs) as these will be sent to the nurses through the post. They will only be processing payments done on the day of the outreach.
Restorations cannot be processed immediately and any payment received for restoration will only be processed by the SANC head office after the visit. Proof of payment in the form of a white receipt will be provided and the original Annual Practising Certificate will follow later.

SELLING OF DISTINGUISHING DEVICES

The quantity of distinguishing devices will be limited to ONE pair per person. Nurses are also requested to bring their original green identity books/smart cards for verification.
If a nurse is buying on behalf of his or her colleague, he/she must also bring his/her original green identity book.
If a nurse is buying on behalf of his or her colleague, the distinguishing devices form must be completed, on both sides, and signed by the owner. Please note that if the form is incorrectly completed, the request WILL NOT be processed.
The owner must attach the certified copy of his or her ID and the quantity will be limited to one pair only if buying for someone else.
If a person has ordered the distinguishing devices through the bank, Outreach staff cannot issue that order, it will be sent through the post.

The provincial outreach plan for 2018 is published below – be sure to diarise the dates!
 

Provinces Kwa Zulu- Natal North West Eastern Cape Northern Cape Western Cape Free State Limpopo Mpumalanga Gauteng
Days allocated 10 5 8 5 8 5 8 5 8
Week 1 3-7 Sept 10-14 Sept 26-28 Sept 8-12 Oct 15-19 Oct 22-26 Oct 5-7 Nov 12-16 Nov 28-30 Nov
Week 2 17-21 Srpt N/A 1-5 Oct N/A 31 Oct-2 Nov N/A 19-23 Nov N/A 3-7 Dec


Says Ms Mchunu: “Nursing practitioners are afforded six (6) months to pay their annual fee (from 1 July to 31 December every year). It is important to note that this annual fee is due by 31 December. If you pay it electronically into the SANC bank account on 31 December, the chances are it will not reflect in time – please keep this in mind when making payments, as failure to meet this deadline will mean that nurses will have to pay a restoration fee as promulgated by law. The SANC would like to reiterate that its eRegister is and remains sufficient proof for an employer to check if nursing practitioners are registered for the relevant year.” 

 

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 
Tel:          012 426-9542

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

Press Rel 6/2018

Press Rel 6/2018

FOR ATTENTION: News Editors
SUBJECT: 2018 World Hepatitis Day
  25 July 2018


Hepatitis causes more than one million deaths a year and is one of the largest global health threats of our time.

 

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver and causes two in every three liver cancer deaths. There are 5 main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. Types B and C lead to chronic disease in hundreds of millions of people and, together, are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and cancer.

 

Typical symptoms of Hepatitis can include fatigue, flu-like symptoms, dark urine, pale stool, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss and yellow skin and eyes.

 

World hepatitis day is on 28 July 2018 and aims to create awareness about Hepatitis and the importance of being tested and treated. There are over 300 million people that are living with viral hepatitis in the world, yet up to 290 million of these are unaware that they have this virus.

The 2018 theme petitions us to test for the virus to eliminate the millions of people living unknowingly with Hepatitis, and reminds those that are on treatment to adhere to their treatment plans. The South African Nursing Council would like to encourage the public to go for hepatitis testing even if they have do not have any of the symptoms mentioned as testing is the only means of knowing if you are infected.
We also urge nurses to continue with their efforts in combating the spread of this deadly disease and exercise the necessary caution when treating infected patients,” says Ms Sizeni Mchunu, SANC Registrar.

Remember: Testing is the only way to know if you are infected – Test, then Treat.

 

ENDS

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 
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
 

Press Rel 5/2018

Press Rel 5/2018

FOR ATTENTION: News Editors
SUBJECT: 2018 International Nurse Day – Nurses also have a right to health
  7 May 2018


The global nursing community would be celebrating the birthday of the nursing pioneer, Florence Nightingale on 12 May as part of International Nurse day under a universal theme of ”Right to Health” for the 2018 commemoration.The global nursing community would be celebrating the birthday of the nursing pioneer, Florence Nightingale on 12 May as part of International Nurse day under a universal theme of ”Right to Health” for the 2018 commemoration.

 

The South African Nursing Council, as the voice of the nursing profession is in full support of this celebration and has added its own spin on the day with the theme “Nurses also have a right to health”. The focus will be on stress and its related condition, hypertension. This is in support of the international theme while underscoring the fact that nurses’ right to health is sometimes forgotten.

 

The SANC is aware of the challenges faced by nurses in their line of duty, often at the cost of themselves and their own health. Nursing is a noble profession which requires the highest degree of professionalism, dedication and care. The health system will never function without nursing as its backbone. But the stress that nurses work under daily cannot be under-estimated.

 

We acknowledge the efforts from nurses in the healthcare environment. However, it has been noted that nurses tend to forget they also have a right to health. That is the reason we have decided to emphasize the importance of nurses’ health in this year’s International Nurses Day by putting more focus on stress and hypertension” says Ms Sizeni Mchunu, SANC Registrar & CEO.

 

We wish the nurses in South Africa a memorable International Nurse Day. Let us keep alive the words by the late Florence Nightingale: “For the sick it is important to have the best”.

ENDS

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 
Tel:          012 426-9542

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 

Official Spokesperson and person to be quoted:

Ms S Mchunu
Registrar and CEO: SA Nursing Council

Circular 4/2018

Circular 4/2018

9 July 2018

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

 

Annual Fees for 2019

This circular serves as affirmation of the South African Nursing Council’s fees and fines as stipulated on the government gazette published on 28 June 2018.

1. ANNUAL FEES FOR 2019
1.1 NORMAL ANNUAL FEES
The annual fees for the calendar year 2019 for the different categories of practitioners are given in the following table.

CATEGORYANNUAL FEE FOR 2019
Registered Nurses and MidwivesR640.00
Enrolled Nurses and MidwivesR380.00
Enrolled Nursing AuxiliariesR270.00

1.2 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 table below:

1.2.1 60 TO 64 YEARS OF AGE ON 1 JANUARY 2019 (25% REDUCTION)

 

CATEGORYANNUAL FEE FOR 2019
Registered Nurses and MidwivesR480.00
Enrolled Nurses and MidwivesR290.00
Enrolled Nursing AuxiliariesR200.00

1.2.2 65 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER ON 1 JANUARY 2019 (50% REDUCTION)

 

CATEGORYANNUAL FEE FOR 2019
Registered Nurses and MidwivesR320.00
Enrolled Nurses and MidwivesR190.00
Enrolled Nursing AuxiliariesR140.00

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 2019 must be received by SANC on or before 31 December 2018.
The amounts in the tables above all include 15% VAT.

2. RESTORATION FEES FOR 2019
The restoration fees for the different categories applicable from 1 January 2019 are shown in the following table. 

CATEGORYNORMAL
RESTORATION FEE
REDUCED
RESTORATION FEE
Registered Nurses and MidwivesR1 920.00R130.00
Enrolled Nurses and MidwivesR1 160.00R130.00
Enrolled Nursing AuxiliariesR810.00R130.00

Notes: 
The reduced restoration fee only applies to:

bulletPractitioners who were voluntarily removed from the register
bulletPractitioners who are or will be 60 years of age or older on 1 January 2019 are legible to pay reduced annual fees however this must be confirmed with the Council before paying the reduced amount.

3. VOLUNTARY REMOVAL 
Nurse practitioners who are no longer willing to practice in South Africa or those who are unemployed may request voluntary removal of their names from the register in writing, on the form available from the SANC. If voluntary removal is granted by SANC, the nurse practitioner’s name will be removed accordingly on the 31 December of the year in which the application is received. Once removed from the register, the nurse practitioner will no longer be required to pay any future annual fees. 

If those practitioners who were voluntarily removed from the register require their names to be restored to the register they will need to pay reduced restoration fee. It must be noted that practicing while not registered is illegal.

4. CLOSING DATE FOR PAYMENT OF ANNUAL FEES
Please note that for the calendar year 2019, the closing date for the payment of Annual Fees is 31 December 2018. Payment must reach the SANC bank account on or before the closing date. You are therefore urged to pay as soon as possible in order to avoid the last minute rush. Remember: Bank transfers from non-FNB banks take up to 3 working days – pay well in advance to meet 31 December 2018 deadline.

5. OTHER FEES
Please note that other fees and fees payable by institutions will be applicable with effect from 1 January 2019.

6. E REGISTER
The SANC has made an e Register facility available on the SANC website which can be utilized by employers to verify the registration status of all nurse practitioners in their employment. Employers are urged to utilise this facility in the absence of a physical Annual Practising Certificate (APC). Visit:https://www.sanc.co.za/eRegister.aspx for more details.

7. COMMUNITY SERVICE PRACTITIONERS
Community Service practitioners are not eligible to be issued with an APC and therefore should NOT pay annual fees. They MUST pay a conversion fee on completion of their Community Service in order to be registered as Nurse practitioners using the REGFPRA registration fee code instead of ANLFEES (e.g. 12345678 REGFPRA).

(Signed)

Ms SA Mchunu
Registrar & CEO
South African Nursing Council

Press Rel 4/2018

Press Rel 4/2018

FOR ATTENTION: News Editors
SUBJECT: 2018 World Malaria Day
  23 April 2018


The South African Nursing Council (SANC) is supporting the global community in the commemoration of World Malaria Day on 25 April 2018. This year’s theme is “Ready to Beat Malaria” and it emphasizes the global efforts in malaria prevention and control.

 

Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2016, there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria in 91 countries, an increase of 5 million cases over 2015. The current pace is insufficient to achieve the 2020 milestones of the WHO that targets a 40% reduction in malaria case incidence and death rates.

 

The available drugs against malaria do not offer complete protection against the disease. The most important method of prevention is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by following these rules:

Wear protective clothing
Use insect repellents that contain diethyltoluamide (DEET). Repellents should be applied to all exposed skin as per instructions on the can.
Approved insecticides that can be sprayed on to clothing
Sleep under a treated mosquito net
Use mosquito-repelling vaporizers.


The 2018 theme “Ready to beat malaria” instigates hope that this deadly disease would be beaten. In infected individuals malaria symptoms usually appear 10–15 days after the mosquito bite. The first symptoms are normally fever, headache and chills – almost like cold and flu symptoms -and it may be difficult to recognize it as malaria. To be safe, healthcare providers should suspect malaria in patients with unexplained fever who have returned from areas known as a risk for malaria as little as 7 days prior. ” says Ms Sizo Mchunu, SANC Registrar & CEO. 

ENDS

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 
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