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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.

Outreach Programme - Eastern and Western Cape Provinces

27 September 2016

Please note that SANC will be conducting provincial outreach visits in the Eastern Cape Province from 10 - 14 October 2016 and in the Western Cape Province from 17 - 21 October 2016 .


 The following services will be available:


Payment of Annual Fees and any other payments (Restoration, Community Service, Registration of Additional Qualifications, etc);


Selling of Distinguishing Devices;


Provision of SANC general information.


Schedules for the remaining 4 provinces will be provided at a later date.

Northern Cape Province 26 - 30 September 2016.

North West Province 19 - 23 September 2016.

KZN Province 29 August - 2 September 2016.

Annual Fees for 2017

26 August 2016

1. Normal Annual Fees

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


Annual Fee for 2017
Registered Nurses and Midwives R590.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R360.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R250.00


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 Age 60 to 64 Years on 1 January 2017 (25% reduction)


Annual Fee for 2017
Registered Nurses and Midwives R440.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R270.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R180.00


1.2.2 Over 64 years of Age on 1 January 2017 (50% reduction)


Annual Fee for 2017
Registered Nurses and Midwives R290.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R180.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R120.00


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.


The annual fees for 2017 must be received by SANC on or before 31 December 2016.

The amounts in the tables above all include 14% VAT.



The restoration fees for the different categories applicable from 1 January 2017 are shown in the following table.


Normal Restoration  Fee Reduced Restoration Fee
Registered Nurses and Midwives R1760.00 R120.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R1090.00 R120.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R740.00 R120.00



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.


4.      OTHER FEES

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.

Government Gazette...

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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