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SANC offices closed from 11:00 on 22 December 2017

4 December 2017

The SANC offices will be closed for the year-end from Friday, 22 December 2017 at 12:00 midday however for operational reasons, the gates will be closed at 11:00 am. The office will reopen on Wednesday, 3 January 2018 at 08:00 am.

Notice 11 of 2017

SANC Examinations Schedule for 2018

 17 November 2017

The Schedule for all Examinations to be held in 2018, is now available. 

2018 Examinations Schedule

SANC Annual Practicing Fees due by 31 December 2017

31 October 2017

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) would like to remind nursing practitioners to pay their annual practicing fees for 2018 by no later than 31 December 2017. Upon full payment being received into the bank account of the SANC, the SANC issues Annual Practicing Certificates (APCs) to individual nurse practitioners who have paid their fees on time. The SANC will remove the names of practitioners who have not paid their full registration fees timeously in terms of the Nursing Act, 2005 on 1 January 2018.

Unlike other professionals, nursing practitioners are afforded the opportunity to make full payment for their APCs during a 6-month period, commencing from 1 July every year. The APC fees for 2018 were published in the Government Gazette in June 2017 and were communicated by way of circulars, SMS messages to nursing practitioners as well as letters sent to employers.

Says Ms Sizeni Mchunu, Registrar and CEO of the SANC: “Practitioners can pay their annual fees at any First National Bank (FNB) branch in the country. In addition, the SANC is again undertaking several outreach programmes from July to December 2017 in all nine provinces where practitioners can pay and receive their certificates immediately. To date 72 273 practitioners out of 283 589 have paid their annual fees for 2018.

The SANC normal annual practicing fees have been kept affordable as per previous years, and for 2018 are:

Registered Nurses and Midwives R630.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R380.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R270.00

Persons who are over 60 and 64 years of age on 1 January 2018 receive a 25% and 50% reduction respectively e.g. persons over 64 years of age pay the following fees:

Registered Nurses and Midwives R310.00
Enrolled Nurses and Midwives R190.00
Enrolled Nursing Auxiliaries R130.00

The restoration fees however, which are penalties for late payment, are regulated under the Regulations Regarding Fees and Fines Payable to the South African Nursing Council, Regulation R.170 as promulgated on 8 March 2013. These fees are thus higher than the annual practicing fees. It should be noted that if nursing practitioners pay their annual fees within the 6-month allocated time as described above and payment is received into the bank account of the SANC by 31 December 2017, that the practitioners would avoid having to pay a restoration fee.

In addition, payment prior to the deadline enables the SANC to mail the practitioner’s certificate (APC) earlier and not during the Christmas period which is the busiest time of the year for the South African Post Office.

The SANC has made an eRegister available to employers that serves as sufficient proof for an employer to verify that nurse practitioners are registered for the relevant year should they not have received their physical APC on time. Using this service would make it unnecessary for nurses to travel to pick up the physical APC from the SANC offices in Pretoria. The eRegister is available on the SANC website at,” says Ms Mchunu.

 Press Release 8 of 2017

Annual Practicing Certificates for 2018

31 October 2017

1. Payment Period

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) would like to remind all employers of nurses and midwives, both public and private sector, about the 2018 Annual Practicing Certificates’ (APCs) payment period which commenced on 1 July 2017 and ends on 31 December 2017. 

The SANC would like to request employers to encourage nurse practitioners to pay for their APCs by no later than 31 December 2017 so as to avoid them having their names removed from the SANC register and having to pay a restoration fee.

 2. Payment Methods

bullet2.1 New on-line payment method
bullet2.2 Current payment system

3. E-Register

The eRegister data base can be accessed by clicking here. 

4. 2018 fee structure

Read the entire Letter to Employers

Appointment: Registrar and CEO of the South African Nursing Council

4 October 2017

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Sizo Mchunu as the Registrar and CEO of the South African Nursing Council, by the Honorable Minister of Health Dr A. Motsoaledi MP, in terms of Section 18(1) and (3) of the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005) with effect from 01 October 2017. 

Ms Mchunu brings a wealth of knowledge accumulated and demonstrated through her 37 years in the professional nursing. She has worked as a clinical nurse and lectured at both undergraduate and post-basic levels at a College of Nursing as well as a University for a combined period of 18 years.

She has also gained vast knowledge and experience in the regulatory environment, and has been responsible for senior and strategic leadership at the SANC as Deputy Registrar as well as being appointed and seconded as an Acting Registrar in 2009 and 2016 respectively. 

Prior to this appointment, Ms Mchunu was appointed as Director Nursing Practice and later Nursing Education within the Office of the Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at the National Department of Health. 

A seasoned educator, Ms Mchunu has extensive knowledge of the Higher Education landscape. She has served, upon appointment by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, as a member of the Interim and later substantive Council of the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. 

The South African Nursing Council welcomes Ms Mchunu and wishes her every success as together it strives to achieve the level of service to the public as envisaged in the Nursing Act, 2005.

 Circular 5 of 2017

Provincial outreach visits

4 October 2017

Please note that SANC will be conducting provincial outreach visits in the following provinces:

bulletGauteng from 27 to 29 November and again from 4 to 8 December 2017
bulletLimpopo from 20 to 24 November 2017

The following services will be available:

bulletPayment of Annual fees and any other payments such as restoration, community service, registration of additional qualifications etc
bulletSelling of distinguishing devices 
bulletProvision of SANC general information


View the full schedule below for dates and venues. 

Gauteng Schedule (27 - 29 Nov, 4 - 8 Dec)

Mpumalanga Schedule (13 - 17 Nov)

REVISED Limpopo Schedule (8 - 10 Nov, 20 - 24 Nov)

Free State Schedule (23 - 27 Oct)

Western Cape Schedule (16 - 20 Oct and 30 Oct - 1 Nov)

Northern Cape Schedule (9 - 13 Oct)

Eastern Cape Schedule (27 Sept - 6 Oct)

KwaZulu Natal Schedule (4-8 Sept, 18-22 Sep)

North West Schedule (11-15 Sep)

Nursing Education and Training Institutions in South Africa

16 November 2016

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) would like to reiterate that only students that study accredited nursing programs at accredited Nursing Education Institutions (NEIs),  will be able to register as students with the SANC,  register to write SANC examinations and ultimately obtain professional registration or enrolment with the South African Nursing Council in the following nurse categories:


    Registered Nurse




    Enrolled Nurse and


    Enrolled Nursing Auxiliary

The SANC is established and functions under the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act no.33 of 2005).  In accordance with the provisions of the Act, ... Read more

Illegal Intermediaries for APCs 

3 March 2016

Kindly take note that any service provider offering services to obtain your Annual Practicing Certificate on your behalf is doing so without the approval of the South African Nursing Council.

SANC Management strongly advise against nursing practitioners making use of such service providers as you are providing outsiders with your private information that can be used in fraudulent activities ... Read more ...

Accreditation of Nursing Education Programmes and Nursing Education Institutions by the South African Nursing Council

28 July 2014

The Nursing Council has issued a strong warning that all Nursing Education Programmes and all Nursing Education Institutions in South Africa must be accredited by the South African Nursing Council .

Any education programme or institution which is not accredited is illegal and such training will not be recognised by SANC or any other country.

Any information that you may receive which is contradictory to the above is incorrect and you are warned not to be mislead by such information.    More...

Nursing Council Circulars and Press Releases

Index to 2017 Circulars and Press Releases

An index of all circulars and press releases issued by South African Nursing Council during 2017 - with links to each.

Earlier Circular and Press Releases

Earlier circulars and press releases can be found under the Archive section of this website.


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