Knowledge Resources Logo

Mental Health in the Workplace SEMINAR

Workplace strategies to improve mental wellbeing and enhance organisational performance and productivity


28 June 2017
The Hyatt Regency, Rosebank | Johannesburg

Mental illness is more prevalent than many employers realise.

Research indicates that job stressors and other related psychological hazards are emerging as the leading contributors to the burden of occupational disease and injury. The fast changing environment as well as the political and economic uncertainty employees find themselves in also has a bearing on mental distress. In South Africa, the absenteeism and presentism productivity losses associated with mental health issues are estimated at 28 days a year for anxiety disorders and 27 days per year for depression. The costs associated with poor mental health gives the business case for dealing with mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

This unique and timely conference will thus serve as an important platform for the exchange of new ideas and applications as well as best practice examples and innovative ways in identifying and managing a range of mental health issues in the workplace. The programme is designed to assist organisations in reducing stigma and bias on mental health as well as unpack strategies, frame works and models for implementation back in the workplace.

No other event offers an in-depth exploration of mental health in the workplace – new ideas, practical guidance, essential research – this event has it all!

Register and reap a tangible reward of reduced costs and high performance and productivity in your organisation.


  • Hear from organisations leading the way in workplace wellbeing, reducing stigma and bias on mental illness in the workplace
  • Find out from mental health experts and recognised practitioners on the risks associated with mental health and how to manage them across your organisation
  • Benefit from inspirational advice developed through lived experience
  • Discover how to implement various well-being strategies
  • Network and share ideas with other professionals
  • Explore strategies to reduce absenteeism and presentism costs of mental health issues in the workplace
  • Learn how to respond effectively to trauma in the workplace


The Mental health in the workplace conference represents a critical platform for all South African organisations to explore their duty of care to their employees. As such, a wide range of HR practitioners, line managers, organisational and clinical psychologists, counsellors, as well as group wellness specialists and professionals within the mental health arena will be in attendance. Presentations will be appropriate for organisations across all sectors.

For more information about the Seminar, please contact Busie Mjimba on or +27 11 706 6009.




Registration and Morning refreshments


Welcome and introduction by chairperson

Karen Milner, Associate Professor, University of Witwatersrand  


Destigmatising mental illness in the workplace

Karen Milner, Associate Professor, University of Witwatersrand  


Exploring the business case in dealing with mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

Dr Noluthando Nematswerani, Head: Centre for Clinical Excellence, Discovery Health

10:15 – 10:45 Morning tea break

10:45 – 11:30

Mental health and the Labour law

Lovanya Moodley, Associate, Norton Rose

11:30- 12:20

Embracing anxiety

An Bakkes, Author, Agile Coach, Trainer & Facilitator  

12:20- 12:50

Case study: Protecting and promoting mental health in the workplace: developing a systems approach to job stress

Dr Siki Gwanya-Mdletye, Manager: Corporate Health, Volkswagen SA

12:50 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:15

Case study: Organisational well-being: raising awareness on wellbeing, reducing stigma and providing tools your organisation can use to create a mentally healthy workplace

Gerda Holmes, Health and Wellbeing Manager, Vodacom

14:15 – 14:45

Mental diet for optimal neuro cognitive functioning and well-being

Ingra Du-Buisson Narsai, Co-founder and Director, NeuroCapital Consulting

14:45 – 15:15

Experiential Mindful practice: Reimagine yourself and build your resilience

Steven Heyman, Mindfulness Facilitator, Mindful Revolution

15:15 - 15:30 Afternoon tea break

15:30- 16:00

Walking the high wire: practical strategies for managing an acute mental health crisis in the workplace 

Judith Ancer, Clinical Psychologist, Shrink rap
16:00- 17:00

Panel discussion: Examining best practices in managing mental health in the workplace

An Bakkes, Author, Agile Coach, Trainer & Facilitator
Anne Rajcoomer, Project Co-ordinator, South African Depression and Anxiety Group
Bharti Patel, President, South African Federation for Mental Health  
Carol Hardijzer, Head: Employee and Industrial Relations, FNB
Navlika Ratangee, Clinical Operations Director, ICAS SA 

17:00 Close of Seminar


KAREN MILNER Associate Professor, University of Witwatersrand
Karen Milner is an Associate Professor in Organisational Psychology at Wits University. Her teaching and research interests are in employee wellbeing as well as creativity and innovation in organisations. She has over 50 publications in local and international journals focussing mainly on employee health and well-being and was lead researcher on the Discovery Healthy Company Index. Knowledge Resources is publishing the book she has written together with Judith Ancer on dealing with mental health in the South African workplace.
LOVANYA MOODLEY Associate, Norton Rose
Lovanya is an employment and labour lawyer based in Johannesburg. She specialises in employment litigation, specifically in individual employment law. Her experience includes chairing disciplinary hearings, drafting charge sheets and representing clients at CCMA arbitrations and at the Labour Court. She advises clients on all aspects of employment law, including handling collective and or derivative misconduct, retrenchments, the enforcement of restraints of trade, the interpretation and application of collective agreements, reviews of arbitration awards, condonation and rescission applications, and organisational rights disputes. Lovanya began her career at a boutique labour law firm in Durban, where she gained considerable experience in public sector employment litigation while acting for a large trade union. She then relocated to Gauteng and gained further exposure to employment disputes within highly unionised environments while employed at a legal services advisory firm as a Labour Law Consultant to mining houses, before joining Norton Rose. Lovanya is passionate about employment and labour law and is also a published author in a peer reviewed law journal. She also regularly trains clients on their employment law compliance obligations and is a qualified training facilitator.
DR NOLUTHANDO NEMATSWERANI, Head: Centre for Clinical Excellence, Discovery Health
Dr Nematsweri holds the following Qualifications: MBChB (Natal), MpharmMed (Univ of Pretoria), MSc Clinical Epidemiology (Univ of Pretoria. She currently heads up the Centre for Clinical Excellence at Discovery Health and is also Discovery Health’s spokesperson on clinical issues. Dr Nematsweri is also a part time lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Pharmacology.
She has previously held the following positions at Discovery:
  • HIV Clinical Specialist supporting the HIV Disease Management Programme
  • Medical advisor - Clinical Advisory Services
  • Clinical specialist within the Clinical Policy Unit now known as Centre for Clinical Excellence
  • Clinical Risk Manager with special focus on HIV and Mental Health Risk Strategy
  • Vitality Wellness Dr
Dr Nematsweri has also been involved as a Committee member of the Adult Review Committee for Secondary level EDL

AN BAKKES Author, Master Coach, Facilitator & Agile Coach
An is a pilgrim of life that spends her time engaging with her passions. These passions include life and business coaching, interactive workshops, facilitation and conversations that shape people, organisations and the world. She holds an MPhil (Management Coaching), BCom (Sports Management) and is a Certified Agile professional (ICAgile). An’s corporate journey includes executive and senior management roles as well as managing mergers and acquisitions. An brings versatility and insight that stretches across disciplines, knowledge domains and different industries. An does what she calls “Portfolio Living”. These portfolio’s include: Life and Business Coaching, Coaching Entrepreneurial enterprises, Agile coaching and team transformation, facilitation and training.
Dr SIKI GWANYA-MDLETSHE Manager: Corporate Health, Volkswagen Group South Africa
Siki is an Occupational Medical Practitioner who holds the following qualifications: MBChB (WSU); DOM (Stellenbosch); AMP (Manchester). Currently she is the manager for Volkswagen South Africa Corporate Health Services, where she is responsible for a comprehensive workplace wellness program. She has worked in several industries, ranging from steel manufacturing, rail engineering, port operations, and dairy production to foam product manufacturing among others. Prior to working in industry, she was the Principal Medical Officer at a chronic psychiatric in-patient facility. Siki is a wife and a mother to two young children, and fulfilment in her personal life plays a crucial role towards her optimal performance at work.
GERDA HOLMES Health and Wellbeing Manager, Vodacom
Gerda has been managing the Wellbeing Portfolio at Vodacom since 2007. Her passion is to make a positive impact and educate people around health risk management, to be a leader in the overall Wellbeing of people, to build relationships and add value. Wellbeing has always been Gerda’s passion and she views it as a way of living not a job. Creating a Healthy workplace that fosters care and personal wellbeing for employees is essential to the success of Vodacom as business, therefore Gerda developed a Wellbeing Strategy together with Vodafone. Through her leadership, Vodacom continues to expand its wellness offering and approach in all its markets in accordance with the newly developed Wellbeing Strategy that consist of 6 pillars.
CAROL HARDIJZER, Head: Employee & Industrial Relations, FNB
Carol holds an M.Com degree (UNISA) and is a registered Industrial Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). He is registered as a Master Human Resources Practitioner (MHRP) with the South African Board of People Practices (SABPP) where he has also been accepted as a mentor. Carol also contributed to the Wellness stream of the recent HR standards initiative facilitated by the SABPP. Carol’s key skills and interest reside in the broader spectrum of people management function inclusive of coaching, counselling, conflict resolution and organisational forensic psychology. He currently heads up the Employee and Industrial relations portfolio within FNB, which includes an employee wellness component. The broader spectrum of corporate Ethics, with specific focus on HR Ethics, also forms part of this function within FNB. He has also published various People Management related articles (the most recent being on Employee Incapacity) and was also a contributor to the book “Wisdom from HR mentors”, published by Knowledge Resources.
NAVLIKA RATANGEE, Clinical Operations Director, ICAS SA
Navlika Ratangee is a qualified clinical psychologist and is also a GIBS MBA graduate. She is currently the Clinical Operations Director at ICAS SA, a behavioural risk and employee health and wellness company. She has diverse experience in human capital management, behavioural risk, change management, managerial consulting, global management consulting leadership, organisational resilience and organisational strategy. She also has an abundance of experience in dealing with mental health in the workplace and has consulted to many South African corporates in this regard.
BHARTI PATEL National Executive Director, South African Federation for Mental Health
Bharti’s experience in the Social Development sector spans a period of 24 years from direct social work to management and governance. Currently, she is the National Executive Director of the SA Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH). Since joining the SAFMH she has passionately advocated for the empowerment and rights of persons with disability.
INGRA DU-BUISSON NARSAI Co-founder and Director, NeuroCapital Consulting
Ingra is a Registered Organisational Psychologist in private practice. She is the cofounder and Director of NeuroCapital Consulting. NeuroCapital consults to some of South Africa’s most admired companies. Ingra has 16 years of Executive level experience in corporate South Africa including Group HR Director for Famous Brands Limited, Human Resources Executive (Aegis Insurance/RMBH Group), HR Director (Usko/Bytes Technology). Academically, she has a MComm (Organisational Psychology), a BComm Hons (Strategic Management) and a Masters in the Neuroscience of Leadership. She is currently pursuing a PhD in focusing on the behavioural markers of neuroscience based leadership in formal organisations. She presents at conferences on how to build Human Capital through leveraging Neuro Capital and is also part of the adjunct faculty of GIBS and Wits Business Schools. Ingra is passionate about being a catalyst for change and creating “break – through”organisational behaviour solutions using neuroscience diagnostics.
JUDITH ANCER Clinical Psychologist & Director, Shrink Rap
Judith Ancer is a Clinical Psychologist who trained at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Natal (PMB). She is in private practice in Greenside, Johannesburg and has worked at Tara Hospital on the adult psychotherapy ward; at Crossroads Remedial School with children and parents; and as a supervisor and trainer of other mental health professionals. She is a director of Shrink Rap, a company that offers continuing professional education to healthcare and human resource professionals and provides training and counselling services to small companies. She often gives talks and runs workshops and used to write a weekly column called Letting Grow on parenting issues for the Sunday Times.
STEVEN HEYMAN, Mindfulness Facilitator, Mindful Revolution
After completing his masters in economics at the university of Antwerp, Steven joined the Africa department of an international trading company. Living in Nigeria and later in South Africa, he travelled throughout the whole African continent to develop new business and start up and manage new offices. To stay well equipped for the demands of the corporate environment and the frequent travelling, Steven started practicing yoga and mindfulness in 2008. In 2013 /2014 he completed his yoga teacher training and a mindfulness based living course after which he left his corporate job to spread the benefits of these ancient practices with as many people as possible. Through his infectious joy and energy and playful approach, Steven motivates participants to try out mindfulness practices, stretches and breathing techniques and take positive steps towards increasing their resilience, creating more awareness and sparking creativity and innovation in both work and personal life.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Would you like the opportunity to market your company’s products and services to delegates at this seminar?

For information on sponsorships and exhibitions please contact Barbara Spence


28 June 2017 - Mental Health in the Workplace Seminar
R4 100.00 excl. VAT

Please note:

  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking and conference material
SETA grants and accreditation requirements
Many of our delegates enquire about the accreditation of our events. There is a misconception that organisations qualify for SETA grants only for accredited programmes. This is not correct. The payment of SETA grants is regulated by the Government Gazette, no. 9867, Vol. 570, 3 December 2012, no. 35940. These Regulations clearly state that the SETAs “must allocate a mandatory grant to a levy paying employer” that has submitted a WSP and ATR by the regulated date, has provided all the information required in the regulated template, and is up to date with skills levy payments. Furthermore, the template in the Regulations (Section C: Skills Development) allows employers to include ALL planned training in the report; not only accredited programmes.
Knowledge Resources is a Level 3 Contributor BBBEE company



Please note that you will automatically be registered and invoiced for this event.



Please download the registration form and return by:


+2711 706 1127
Attention: Conference Department


Knowledge Resources, Conference Registration, P O Box 3954, Randburg, 2115, South Africa

            Download form


Please call a conference customer care consultant on +2711 706 6009

Online Registration Form

* Required

Two-day Conference
Day One of Conference
Day Two of Conference
Pre-conference Workshop 1
Pre-conference Workshop 2

Captcha Image




  • Register for 3 people and the 4th person attends free of charge!
  • Special discount for registered NPO’s, small businesses (30 or less employees) & full-time lecturers at universities – contact us for more information!


For more information and to book your seat contact Busie Mjimba on +2711 706 6009


To book your seat contact Magdeline Matlatse on +2711 706 6009

 #MHS2017KR - Follow the seminar build up and proceedings on TWITTER
Engage with us! @KnowledgeRes




Our Team Corporate Governance

Contact Us