Circular 5/2022 SANC Easter Closure

Circular 5/2022: SANC Easter Closure


7 April 2022

To:          National Department of Health

Provincial Departments of Health

Nursing Education Institutions    

All stakeholders

 

 

SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL – EASTER HOLIDAYS CLOSURE

Please be informed that the South African Nursing Council (SANC) offices will be closed from Thursday, 14 April 2022 at 12:00 and will re-open on Tuesday, 19 April 2022 at 8:00.

We would appreciate it if you could kindly inform all persons in your institutions.

Wishing you safe travels over the Easter holidays.

 

Yours sincerely,

(signed)

MS SA MCHUNU                                                                                               

REGISTRAR AND CEO

SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL

Circular 4/2022 Impairment Committee findings

Circular 4/2022: Impairment Committee findings


28 March 2022

To:          National Department of Health

Provincial Departments of Health

Private Health Care Providers     

All stakeholders

 

SUBJECT: IMPAIRMENT COMMITTEE FINDINGS

Yours sincerely,

(signed)

MS SA MCHUNU                                                                                                    DATE

REGISTRAR AND CEO

SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL

Circular 3/2022 Articulation from legacy to HEQSF aligned qualifications

Circular 3/2022: Articulation from the legacy to the HEQSF-aligned qualifications


23 March 2022

To:          National Department of Health

Provincial Departments of Health

Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs)    

All stakeholders

 

SUBJECT: ARTICULATION FROM THE LEGACY TO THE HIGHER EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS SUBFRAMEWORK (HEQSF) – ALIGNED NURSING QUALIFICATIONS

1          PURPOSE

1.1       The purpose of this circular is to provide information to the National Department of Health, Provincial Departments of Health, Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) and other relevant stakeholders on the engagement between the South African Nursing Council (SANC) and the Council on Higher Education (CHE) regarding articulation possibilities from the legacy to the HEQSF- aligned nursing qualifications.

2          BACKGROUND

2.1       Transformation in education, specifically higher education in South Africa which is spearheaded by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, has necessitated transformation in all earning fields, including Nursing Education. The introduction of the HEQSF, as part of South Africa’s National Qualifications Framework, created a need to align the Nursing qualifications with the HEQSF. There was a conscious decision by the nursing profession that all nursing qualifications should be under higher education for ease of progression and articulation.

2.2       The SANC has throughout the years since 2010 shared progress about the transformation with National Department of Health, Provincial Departments of Health, Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) and other relevant stakeholders, including unions, in various platforms e.g. circulars, SANC electronic news, SANC stakeholder forums meetings, Nursing Indaba and workshops etc.

2.3       In 2016, the Minister of Higher Education and Training, in line with the provision of the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act 101 of 1997, declared through a notice published in a gazette, that the last enrolment date for the first-time entering students into academic programmes that are not aligned to the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework (HEQSF) was 31 December 2019. It therefore meant that the legacy programmes, including legacy nursing education programmes will no longer be offered after this date except to complete the pipeline students.

2.4       The minimum requirements for admission to higher education are prescribed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training and not the SANC. In terms of the Higher Education Act of 1997 as amended, the decision to admit a student to higher education is the right and responsibility of the higher education institution, herein referred to as Nursing Education Institutions.

2.5       The Department of Higher Education and Training, through the Council on Higher Education (CHE), has further made determinations regarding progression (career-pathing) to be followed by persons who undergo the HEQSF-aligned qualifications. However, a clear articulation pathway from legacy qualifications to the new HEQSF-aligned qualifications is not yet determined. This is negatively affecting nurses who underwent the legacy qualifications but may not meet the minimum requirements to access the new HEQSF-aligned qualifications. This has highlighted the importance of initiating a discussion about articulation with the CHE.

3          PROGRESSION AND ARTICULATION

3.1       To mitigate the anticipated challenge, the SANC conducted a three-day workshop from 3-5 March 2021, whose purpose was to identify similarities and differences between the legacy and HEQSF-aligned nursing qualifications in order to determine if there were gaps in learning content between the old and the new qualifications, and if there were, what would it take to bridge them. Nursing Education and Training stakeholders were represented. The findings were to assist SANC in mapping out articulation pathways for the nurses who underwent the legacy qualifications.

3.2       The report of the findings of the workshop, including recommendations, was presented and approved by Council of the SANC. The Council further resolved that the recommendations should be discussed with the Council on Higher Education (CHE) since CHE is the Quality Council for Higher Education.

3.3       Much as there have been several engagements held between SANC and CHE about the proposed recommendations on articulation pathways, no concrete agreements have been reached regarding the matter, especially regarding the access to the post-graduate diploma programmes by nurses who underwent the four-year diploma programme from Public Colleges of Nursing; and access by nurses who underwent Bridging programme for Enrolled Nurses with a Midwifery qualification. The agreement was that once the decision had been reached, the Nursing Education Institutions would be informed formally. The SANC was hoping that by this time a conclusion would have been reached, however this is not the case.

3.4     Progress will be provided as and when there are agreements that are reached.

For further information in respect of this Circular, you are advised to contact Ms SJ Nxumalo, Acting Deputy Registrar: Professional Affairs at (012) 420 1022 or on e-mail at: jnxumalo@sanc.co.za

Yours sincerely,

(signed)

MS SA MCHUNU                                                                                                    DATE

REGISTRAR AND CEO

SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL

Circular 2/2022 Annual Nursing Education Institution Fee

Circular 2/2022: Annual Nursing Education Institution Fee


25 January 2022

 

To:          National Department of Health

Provincial Departments of Health

Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs)    

All stakeholders

 

SUBJECT:  ANNUAL NURSING EDUCATION INSTITUTION FEE

 

  1. PURPOSE

The purpose of this circular is to notify the National Department of Health, Provincial Departments of Health, Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) and other relevant stakeholders about the implementation of the annual Nursing Education Institution fee by South African Nursing Council (SANC).

 

  1. BACKGROUND

2.1          The South African Nursing Council, in its progressive implementation of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No.33 of 2005) and related regulations, has considered the provisions of Regulations Regarding Fees and Fines Payable to the South African Nursing Council (Government Notice No. R170 of 8 March 2013). Sub-regulation 1(d), of these regulations stipulates that “an annual Nursing Education Institution fee is payable annually in advance by accredited Nursing Education Institutions in order to maintain accreditation status”.

2.2          Sub-regulations 4 (1) and (2) of the same regulations stipulate that the due date for payment of the annual Nursing Education Institution fee is 31 December in the year preceding the year for which it is due and payment must reach the Council by this due date and that the annual Nursing Education Institution fee may be paid from 1 October of the year preceding the year for which it is due and payment will not be accepted before this date, respectively.

2.3          Having considered the planning ahead that needs to unfold at institutional level, the Council of the SANC, at the virtual meeting held on 28-29 September 2021 resolved that the invoices for annual Nursing Education Institution fee must be issued to the Nursing Education Institutions in order to pay the annual Nursing Education Institution fee for the year 2023 onwards.

 

This circular, therefore, seeks to alert all NEIs that invoices will be issued by 1 September 2022, in readiness for the 2023 calendar year.

 

Nursing Education Institutions are requested to use only provided invoice numbers to make payment. All the instructions on how to make payment will be detailed in the invoice. This will ensure that allocation of payment by the SANC is done correctly.

 

  1. IMPLEMENTATION

This circular becomes implementable and valid on the date of issue. For further information in respect of this Circular, you are advised to contact Ms SJ Nxumalo, Senior Manager: Provider Affairs at (012) 420 1022 or on e-mail at: jnxumalo@sanc.co.za.  

 

Yours sincerely,

(signed)

MS SA MCHUNU                                                                                                    DATE

REGISTRAR AND CEO

SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL

Circular 1/2022 Publication of SANC exam results on the website

Circular 1/2022: Publication of SANC national exam results on the website


24 January 2022

Publication of SANC national examination results on the website

 

TO:         NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

                PROVINCIAL DEPARTMENTS OF HEALTH

                NURSING EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS (NEIS)

                ALL STAKEHOLDERS

 

SUBJECT: RE- PUBLICATION OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL (SANC) NATIONAL EXAMINATION RESULTS ON THE WEBSITE

 

  1. PURPOSE

 

The purpose of this Circular is to:

Inform the National Department of Health, Provincial Departments of Health, Nursing Education Institutions and relevant stakeholders about the matter pertaining to the re-publishing of the SANC National Examination results on the SANC website.

 

 

  1. BACKGROUND

 

The SANC National examination results are normally published through SMSs to individual students, bulk emails, and hard copies to relevant NEIs and the SANC website. Following the promulgation of the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act, 2013, which was initially passed in 2013, the SANC, has to comply with the provisions of this Act.

               

  1. IMPLEMENTATION BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN NUSING COUNCIL

 

In order to ensure compliance with these provisions the Act, SANC is taking the necessary steps to ensure its clients ‘Personal Information remains protected. The SANC will henceforth not disclose any Personal Information in its custody to any third party.  The publication of the SANC National Examination results will henceforth be send directly to individual students via SMSs, bulk emails, and hard copies to the relevant NEIs. The results will no more be published on the SANC website.

 

 

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 Ms A. Mnguni, Senior Manager: Learner Affairs at (012) 420 1065/amnguni@sanc.coza or Ms E. Magagula, Manager: Assessment at (012) 426 9596 or/emagagula@sanc.co.za.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

(signed)

MS SA MCHUNU

REGISTRAR AND CEO