Naked Accurate Facts About South African Nursing Council, 1st Regulatory Body

South African Nursing Council

What is the South African Nursing Council?

South African Nursing Council is the body entrusted to set and maintain standards of nursing education and practice in the Republic of South Africa.  It is an autonomous, financially independent, statutory body, initially established by the Nursing Act, 1944 (Act No. 45 of 1944), and currently operating under the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005).

Setting and Monitoring of Standards

In terms of Section 3 of the Nursing Act, 2005, the Nursing Council is to establish, improve and control conditions, standards and quality of nursing education and training.

Section 4 of the Nursing Act makes provision for the accreditation and inspection of nursing education institutions, the monitoring of assessments conducted by accredited institutions, the conducting of nursing examinations, and the granting of diplomas and certificates.

Section 58(1)(f) of the Nursing Act, 2005 provides for the making of regulations relating to qualifications and the conditions to be complied with, which entitle a person to be registered as a nursing practitioner (education and training regulations).

South African Nursing Council is involved in the monitoring of nursing standards by:

  • registering nurse practitioners, therefore permitting them to practise as nurses;
  • accreditation of new nursing education institutions and nursing education programmes;
  • inspection of nursing education institutions and clinical facilities;
  • constantly reviewing nursing education and training to be in line with the needs of the Republic of South Africa; and
  • providing counselling and guidance to the nursing profession regarding the implementation of the nursing education and training policies.

The objectives of the South African Nursing Council are to:

  • serve and protect the public in matters involving health services generally and nursing services in particular;
  • perform its functions in the best interests of the public and in accordance with national health policy as determined by the Minister; 
  • promote the provision of nursing services to the inhabitants of the Republic that complies with universal norms and values;
  • establish, improve, control conditions, standards and quality of nursing education and training within the ambit of this Act and any other applicable laws;
  • maintain professional conduct and practice standards for practitioners within the ambit of any applicable law;
  • promote and maintain liaison and communication with all stakeholders regarding nursing standards, and in particular standards of nursing education and training and professional conduct and practice both in and outside the Republic;
  • advise the Minister on the amendment or adaptation of this Act regarding matters pertaining to nursing;
  • be transparent and accountable to the public in achieving its objectives and in performing its functions;
  • uphold and maintain professional and ethical standards within nursing; and 
  • promote the strategic objectives of the Council.

Vision, Mission and Mandate


Excellence in professionalism and advocacy for health care users.


We serve and protect health care users by regulating the nursing and midwifery professions.

Guided by our values

  • Advocacy
  • Caring
  • Quality
  • Professionalism
  • Innovation
  • Relevance

The South African Nursing Council Mandate

The SANC regulates the nursing profession by establishing and maintain nursing education and training as well as practice standards; it also advocates on behalf of the public in matters concerning nursing.

The South African Nursing Council
The South African Nursing Council

SANC Structure

South African Nursing Council Organogram
South African Nursing Council SANC Office members
South African Nursing Council SANC Office members
South African Nursing Council Committees picture
South African Nursing Council Committees

The Council Executive Committee is established in terms of Section 14 of the Act:

The current membership of the Executive Committee is shown below.

  • Dr M C Molepo (Chairperson)
  • Dr S M Zuma (Vice-Chairperson)
  • Dr E Kaye-Petersen 
  • Mr M J Matsomela
  • Mr J T Ntshabele
  • Dr P M Orton bullet Ms V Taschl
  • Mr R Tshimomola
The South African Nursing Council statistics
The South African Nursing Council statistics

South African Nursing Council Statistics

The South African Nursing Council statistics fall into 2 broad categories.

Annual Statistics

These are statistics which show either –

  • The figures at the end of a particular calendar year; or bullet.
  • The number (count) of items over the period of a particular calendar year.
Time Series Statistics

These are statistics which show –

  • The changing figures from year to year over a period of up to 10 years.

For guidance in using and interpreting these statistics, please have a look at any footnotes to the various reports/charts.

You should also take note of the Frequently Asked Questions for answers to questions that have been asked before.

READ ALSO: International Council of Nurses (ICN)

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