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South African Nursing Council

Welcome to the South African Nursing Council website. This site concentrates on all matters relating to the regulating of the nursing and midwifery professions in South Africa. The information is intended to appeal to a wide audience – from the serious researcher to those who are considering a career in nursing.

Nursing education institutions will find information relating to the standards and other requirements for providing nursing and midwifery education and training – including all the applicable regulations and circulars ( news items) of the Nursing Council.

Practising nurses will find the site most useful. You will be able to find the latest and most up-to-date information about your profession here – including the latest applicable practice standards.

International visitors are welcome – particularly those who are doing international nursing research, those who are considering coming to further their education, and also those wishing to work as nurses/midwives in South Africa.

Cancellation of the examinations for the bridging course for enrolled nurses leading to registration as General Nurse/ Psychiatric Nurse. Government Notice NO: R.683 of 14 April 1989 (As Amended)

To inform the Principals of the Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs) about the cancellation of the above examinations, written in May 2017.

The SANC response to the memorandum of demands from DENOSA

The South African Nursing Council is a Statutory Healthy Professional Council and a juristic person, established in terms of the Nursing Act, 1978 (Act No 50 of 1978), and continues to exist under the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No.33 of 2005). Read more..

DENOSA allegations against the SANC

8 February 2017

The South African Nursing Council takes note of the concerns raised regarding the issuing of Annual Practice Certificates, as well as the other issues raised within the media in the last two weeks.

The SANC reaffirms that it has put a wide range of short-to medium term improvement initiatives focused on improving the registration process for nurses and also for employers to note their registration. The SANC respects. Read more.

Nurses warned against fraudulent forms and bank details

2 February 2017

The South African Nursing Council has issued an urgent warning to nurses who are registering with the SANC, specifically with regards to the application for restoration .

It has come to our attention that a copy of our official application for restoration form has been fraudulently duplicated and altered with 2 paragraphs (9 and 10) added as well as bank account details that do not belong to the SANC. Read more.

Payment of Annual Nursing Fees

30 January 2017

The South African Nursing Council would like to reaffirm that all nursing practitioners have to pay their annual practicing fees, like any other professionals working in other professions in the country, to enable them to practice nursing legally in South Africa.

However, unlike other professionals, nursing practitioners have 6 months to pay their fee. Read more.

Information regarding the phasing out of Legacy Nursing Qualifications

20 December 2016

This effectively means that no students shall be enrolled into any Legacy qualification after 31 December 2019.

SANC Examination Schedule for 2017

20 December 2016

The Schedule for all Examinations to be held in 2017, is available.

Appointment of Acting Registrar and CEO

20 December 2016

This circular serves to inform all Stakeholders that Ms Sizeni Angel Mchunu has been appointed as the Acting Registrar and Chief Executive Officer. Read more.

Annual Fees for 2017

1. Normal Annual Fees

The annual fees for the calendar year 2017 for the different categories of practitioners are given in the following table:

The reduced restoration fee will only apply if your name was removed from the register at your own request – this must be confirmed with the Council before paying the reduced amount.


Please note that for the calendar year 2017, the closing date for the payment of Annual Fees is 31 December 2016. You are therefore urged to pay as soon as possible in order to avoid the last minute rush.

Please note that other fees will be applicable with effect from 1 January 2017. as stipulated on the government gazette published on 29 June 2016.

Updating of personal details

12 October 2015

In preparation for the implementation of the new information technology system, the South African Nursing Council is also updating its member register. To assist in this, all practitioners are requested to kindly submit their information (on the relevant form ) as soon as possible using one of the following means of communication:

Facsimile: 086 231 9094

What you will find on the Nursing Council website

The following is a brief outline of what you will find on this website.

About SANC tells you all about the Nursing Council – the Council vision. mission and objectives. the members that make up the Nursing Council. the various Council committees and the members that serve on each, etc.

Complaints deals with the process of investigating matters which have been reported to the Nursing Council and which may constitute unprofessional conduct . You can find out how to lodge a complaint (if you have one) and the process which will follow the receipt of your complaint. If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having a complaint against you, this information will help you to understand the whole process – including your own rights.

Education and Training contains documents related to the education and training of nursing and midwifery students.

Education Institutions contains a full list of all the nursing education institutions accredited by the South African Nursing Council and their contact details (arranged by province). If you are a prospective student, this will enable you to find an institution near where you live OR in a place where you would like to study.

eRegister is a link to the Nursing Council electronic register of nurses and midwives – where you can confirm the status and qualifications of registered practitioners.

Examinations deals with those examinations which are conducted by the Nursing Council. Here you will find the schedule of examinations to be held as well as examination results (a new feature from 2014). If you are a candidate who is planning to write or who has written a Council examination, you will definitely be interested in this information.

News is where you will find all the latest decisions of the Nursing Council. new policies, proposed policies and discussion documents on which the Council would like your comments. You should visit these pages if you want to keep informed and to be involved in shaping the future of Nursing and Midwifery in South Africa.

Policies contains some of the Nursing Council policies and position papers that are published for general information.

Presentations contains Nursing Council presentations delivered at various events. Delegates may find this useful material to supplement the knowlege gained during the event.

Publications contains the full texts of official publications which are available from the Nursing Council. These include the Nursing Act, regulations, teaching guides and teaching policies of the Council. Although you are welcome to print and use copies of these documents, it is recommended that you refer to them on-line as you will then be sure to obtain the very latest information.

Services gives details of the services provided by the Nursing Council and how much each costs. You can also download various official forms from these pages – this will ensure that you always use the current version of the form. This is also the correct place for you to find out about the various options available for paying annual fees.

Statistics is for the inquisitive and the researcher. Ever wanted to know how many nurses qualify each year? This is where you will find all the information you need.

Supply Chain is where suppliers or prospective suppliers can download the form used to apply for registration as a supplier on the Supplier Database. You can also find out about current bids/tenders and download necessary forms and information.

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