Circular 6/2021 Implementation of POPI Act 2013

Circular 5/2021: Rescheduling of the November 2021 examination


5 October 2021

Re-scheduling of the November 2021 examinations

For further information in respect of this Circular, you are advised to contact Ms A Mnguni, Senior Manager: Learner Affairs, on (012) 420 1065 or by email amnguni@sanc.co.za

Circular 6/2021 Implementation of POPI Act 2013

Circular 6/2021: Implementation of the POPI Act 2013 (Act 4 of 2013)


06 October 2021

 

IMPLEMENTATION OF PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION (POPI) ACT, 2013 (ACT NO 4 OF 2013) 

 

TO:      NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

PROVINCIAL DEPARTMENTS OF HEALTH

            NURSING EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

             ALL STAKEHOLDERS

 

IMPLEMENTATION OF PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION (POPI) ACT, 2013 (ACT NO 4 OF 2013)

 

1.PURPOSE

The purpose of this circular is to inform the National Department of Health, Provincial Departments of Health, Nursing Education Institutions and other stakeholders about the implementation of the above-mentioned POPI Act, 2013 by the South African Nursing Council (SANC).

  1. PROMULGATION OF THE ACT

The POPI Act, 2013 was initially passed in 2013 and has since been implemented in stages. The last of these stages has had a very direct and profound impact on the way in which organizations and people deal with other people’s information.

  1. PROCLAMATION FOR IMPLEMENTATION- JULY 2021

As of the 1st of July 2021, Sections 55 to 109, Section 111 and Sections 114 (1), (2) and (3) commenced and on the 30th of June 2021 Sections 110 and 114 (4) commenced.

  1. IMPLEMENTATION BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL

The Registrar of the SANC must, in terms of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005) keep registers in respect of Nurse practitioners which information includes personal details of Nurses.

 

 

In line with the provisions of the POPI Act, 2013 the Registrar is appointed by the Information Regulator as the Information Officer, whose responsibilities flow from the Act.

In order to ensure compliance with these provisions, the SANC is taking the necessary steps to ensure its clients’ Personal Information remains protected. To this end, the SANC will henceforth not disclose any Personal Information in its custody to any third party, unless proper procedure is followed via a fully completed and signed Consent Form (see attached). Only information that has been consented to will then be provided to specifically authorized individuals. This may impact on certain services rendered by the SANC, especially those where a person attempts to solicit services from the SANC on a Nurse’s behalf. This will not affect the processes related to the payment of annual statutory registration fees by Employers on behalf of clients.

We would appreciate it if you could kindly share this information with all persons in your institutions.

For further information in respect of this Circular, you are advised to contact Mr. Benjamin Grobler, Senior Manager: Learner Affairs at (012) 420-1074 or on email address: bgrobler@sanc.co.za

 

Yours sincerely

Ms S.A. Mchunu

Registrar and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Circular 1/2021 The SANC – Easter Holidays Closure

SANC – Easter Holidays closure


29 March 2021
 

Please be informed that the South African Nursing Council (SANC) offices will be closed from Thursday, 1 April 2021 at 12:00 and will re-open on Tuesday, 6 April 2021 at 8:00.

Wishing you safe travels over the Easter holidays.

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

Circular 17/2014 SANC year end closure 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

© 2004 - 2020 South African Nursing Council (Under the provisions of the Nursing Act, 2005)

Disclaimer

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

© 2004 - 2020 South African Nursing Council (Under the provisions of the Nursing Act, 2005)

Disclaimer

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

© 2004 - 2020 South African Nursing Council (Under the provisions of the Nursing Act, 2005)

Disclaimer

Circular 2/2014 Non payment of Annual Fees by certain practitioners

Circular 2/2014 Non payment of annual fees by certain practitioners


4 April 2014

TO:National Department of Health
 Provincial Departments of Health
 Private Hospital groups / clinics
 Nursing Stakeholders

 

NON PAYMENT OF ANNUAL RENEWAL FEES BY NURSING PRACTITIONERS

We refer to the above.

It has come to the attention of the South African Nursing Council that there are nursing practitioners who are employed and do not pay their annual renewal fees in terms of the Nursing Act 33 of 2005 in order to be able to practice.

This letter serves as a formal notice to draw the attention of all employers of nursing practitioners to the relevant provisions of the Nursing Act, 2005 Section 31 (Registration as prerequisite to practise) which reads as follows:

“31. (1) Subject to the provisions of section 37, no person may practise as a practitioner unless he or she is registered to practise in at least one of the following categories:

(a) Professional nurse;
(b) midwife;
(c) staff nurse;
(d) auxiliary nurse; or
(e) auxiliary midwife.

(2) The Minister, after consultation with the Council, may by notice in the Gazette create such other categories of persons to be registered to practise nursing as he or she considers necessary in the public interest.

(3) An employer must not employ or retain in employment a person to perform the functions pertaining to the profession of nursing, other than a person who holds the necessary qualification and who is registered under subsection (1) or (2).

(4) No person may use as a title any of the categories contemplated in subsection (1) or (2) unless he or she is registered as such in terms of this section.

Kindly take note of the provisions in Section 31(11) of the Nursing Act that reads as follows:

“A person who contravenes subsection (1), (3) or (4) [as emphasized above] is guilty of an offence and on conviction liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 12 months or to both a fine and such imprisonment.”

In light of the above we urge all employers to ensure that their nursing practitioners provide them with their Annual Practising Certificates as proof of registration. Should any person be discovered by the South African Nursing Council to be employed without registration, the necessary criminal procedure steps will follow against both such practitioner and his/her employer.

We trust that you find this in order.

Kind regards,

(Signed)

MR. T. MABUDA 
REGISTRAR AND CEO
SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL