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 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 5/2021 Re-scheduling of November 2021 examination

Circular 5/2021: Rescheduling of the November 2021 examination


5 October 2021

Re-scheduling of the November 2021 examinations

To:         National Department of Health

               Provincial Departments of Health

               Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs)

               All Stakeholders

 

SUBJECT:  RE-SCHEDULING OF THE NOVEMBER EXAMINATIONS CONDUCTED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL


  1. PURPOSE

The purpose of this Circular is to:

  • Inform the National Department of Health, Provincial Departments of Health, Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) and relevant stakeholders about the amendment of the dates for the South African Nursing Council (SANC) conducted examinations which are due to be written in November 2021.

 

  1. BACKGROUND
    • The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Minister, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, has gazetted the 1st November 2021 as the date of local elections. This date coincides with the SANC examinations scheduled for that date.
    • It became prudent to amend the examination dates to accommodate the significant event and afford all concerned the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote. Therefore, the examinations that were due to be written in November 2021 will be written as follows:

 

 

 

Final examinations for the course leading to Registration as Midwife- Government Notice No. R254 of 14 February 1975 (as amended)

 

Date

Paper

Time

03/ 11/ 2021

Paper 1

09:00-12:00

05/ 11/ 2021

Paper 2

09:00-12:00

08/11/2021

Paper 3

09:00-12:00

 

Final examinations for the course leading to Registration as Psychiatric Nurse- – Government Notice No. R880 of 2 May 1975 (as amended)

 

Date

Paper

Time

03/ 11/ 2021

Paper 1

09:00-12:00

05/ 11/ 2021

Paper 2

09:00-12:00

08/11/2021

Paper 3

09:00-12:00

 

  1. IMPORTANT TO NOTE

3.1 Kindly ensure that all students are duly informed of the new dates of the examinations.

3.2 None of the other examinations dates for November 2021 are affected by this notice.

 

  1. IMPLEMENTATION DATE

This circular becomes effective and implementable on the date of publication.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely,

 ______________

MS SA MCHUNU                                                                                        

REGISTRAR AND CEO

SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL

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

1/2021 The SANC – International Nurses Day 2021

Media Release 1/2021: INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY 2021


12 May 2021

FOR ATTENTION   :  NEWS EDITOR

SUBJECT                   :  INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY 2021

DATE                           :  11 MAY 2021



International Nurses Day is celebrated globally on 12 May every year, which is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The theme for 2021 is
Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A vision for future healthcare. The theme is set by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and has the objective of showing how nursing will look into the future as well as how the profession will transform the next stage of healthcare.

The ICN emphasises that this global COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world the important role that nurses play in keeping people healthy across the lifespan. In 2021, the ICN will focus on the changes to and innovations in nursing and how this will ultimately shape the future of healthcare.

According to ICN, the International Nurses Day 2021 theme reflects on the impact of COVID-19 on the health system and the nursing profession and how these might be affected into the future. Nurses, as the largest healthcare profession, must play an integral part in planning the future of healthcare.

Ms Sizo Mchunu, SANC Registrar & CEO says: “As the statutory body, the SANC is committed to assist in ensuring production of competent nurse practitioners who will provide scientific, comprehensive, and quality nursing to patients, families and communities within the legal and ethical framework.

It is vital that the country trains enough nurse practitioners to replace those retiring so that the country continues to deliver quality care”, says Ms Mchunu.

Working as a nurse means you will be working shifts and long hours and night duty, dedicated solely to the well-being of the patients in your care. You will also work closely with other health professionals such as Doctors, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Dieticians, to mention a few.

The value of a true nurse lies in the ability to show respect for human life and dignity, social justice and integrity, and total commitment to patients and other healthcare users.

If you are that person, the nursing profession is awaiting you…

Visit www.sanc.co.za for the list of accredited Nursing Education Institutions and make the correct career choice today.

The SANC salutes all nurses who, despite daily challenges, always put the lives of the patients first.  We wish you a happy and blessed International Nurses Day.

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 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.