Knowledge Resources Logo

Mental Health in the Workplace seminar

Securing the future of employee well-being through integrating sustainable mental health programmes in the workplace


18 February 2020

Mental illness is more prevalent than many employers realise.

Research indicates that job stressors (burnout, derailment, depression and anxiety) and other related psychological hazards (caused by behaviour traits such as narcissist, machiavellian and psychopath) are emerging as the leading contributors to the burden of occupational disease and injury.

A failure to support employees with mental disorders is costing companies a fortune! An estimated 615 million people suffer from depression and anxiety and according to a recent World Health Organisation study, this costs an estimated $ 1 trillion productivity every year. Companies that do not have systems in place to support the wellbeing of their employees have higher turnover, lower productivity and higher healthcare costs. They also face significant legal risks.

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. Metropolitan Health’s Dr Ali Hamdulay, who also chairs the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa chairman asserts that mental illness could soon overtake HIV/Aids as the leading cause of illness in South Africa. 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 seminar will serve as an important platform for the exchange of new ideas, best practice examples and insights on 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 for implementation 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.


  • Unpack the role of Employee Assistance Programmes in supporting workforce resiliency to curb job stress, burnout, derailment, depression and anxiety in the workplace
  • 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
  • Discover how to implement a proactive corporate mental health strategy
  • Explore strategies to reduce absenteeism and presentism costs of mental health issues in the workplace
  • Learn how to prevent and manage toxicity in your organisation by developing a framework for dealing with narcissist, machiavellian and psychopath behaviours in the workplace
  • Learn more on the labour law regulations surrounding mental health in the workplace
  • Network and share ideas with other professionals


The Mental health in the workplace seminar 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 psychologists 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.


18 FEBRUARY 2020

07:30–08:30 Registration

Welcome and introduction by chairperson


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

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


Destigmatising mental illness in the workplace

Navlika Ratangee, Clinical Operations Director, ICAS

10:15–10:45 Morning break


How to prevent your workplace from becoming toxic: dealing with narcissist, machiavellian and psychopath behaviours in the workplace

Dr Jopie De Beer, CEO, JvR


Mental health and the Labour law

Nadine Mather, Senior Associate, Bowmans

12:15–13:00 Lunch


Case study: Managing job stress, burnout, derailment, depression and anxiety in the workplace

Dr Danie Viljoen, Head Medical and Occupational Health: Southern Africa, Unilever


Case study: Using Employee Assistance programmes to improve mental health in theworkplace

Radhi Vandayar,
Founder, ThruVision Consulting, President Elect, EAPA SA

14:30–14:45 Afternoon tea break


Case study: Implementing a proactive mental health strategy

Namhla Tambatamba,
Head: HR Special Projects, Nedbank
Julia le Roux,
CEO, Nedgroup Medical Aid Scheme

15:30 Close of seminar, networking tea


Radhi Vandayar, Owner, ThruVision Consulting, President Elect: EAPA South Africa Board, Professional Coach, MBA Mentor and Academic Tutor
Radhi is a passionate people engagement professional that owns a training and coaching consultancy. She is also currently an MBA mentor/academic tutor at Henley business school for their MBA students. Then recently she was elected to the post of president elect of the EAPA Board. She has served on the board for the last 11 years. She is passionate about people development and therefore works within the Human capital space as a consultant on Employee wellness and for the last 15 years. Her previous position at ICAS is Strategic L&D Manager has exposed her to a number of industries that has developed her vast experience in people engagement and wellbeing interventions.
Dr, Jopie de Beer, CEO, JvR Africa Group
Jopie de Beer is one of the founders and currently the CEO of the JvR Africa Group of Companies. Established in 1994, the business entities in the JvR Africa Group have grown to include exceptional client solutions with regard to talent assessment and development. With a focus on the constructive use of assessment data and metrics, excellent client service, technology and innovation, the companies have built a recognised and respected brand for highly professional and trustworthy people solutions in Africa. Jopie is a psychologist with many years of experience. She relies on an excellent team of professionals who share her passion, drive and vision for every person to be given the opportunity to develop to their full potential.
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.
Nadine Mather, Senior Associate: Employment Practice, at Bowmans
Nadine Mather is a Senior Associate in the Employment Practice Area at Bowmans. She joined Bowmans in January 2014 after having obtained her LLB with distinction from Rhodes University. Nadine specialises in employment-related issues including retrenchments, section 197 transfers, employment equity, data protection and employee benefits. She is an author of the Employment Law Update column in the De Rebus magazine and has engaged in numerous seminars, including presenting at the South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW) Conference and participating on a panel with the Information Regulator. Nadine works closely with her corporate colleagues to advise on the employment and benefits consequences of commercial transactions. In this regard, Nadine formed part of the employment team that won the Africa Employment Law Firm of the Year award in 2016 in recognition of the team’s advice in the formation of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa and its subsidiaries.
Dr Noluthando Nematswerani, Head: Centre for Clinical Excellence, Discovery Health
Dr Noluthando Nematswerani is the Head of the Centre for Clinical Excellence at Discovery Health, within the Strategic Risk Management Division. She is a Medical Doctor with 20 years healthcare experience. She holds Masters Degrees in Clinical Pharmacology and an MSc in Biostatistics and Clinical Epidemiology. In her current role she oversees Health Technology Assessments (HTA), Health Economics, Surgical Risk Management, Clinical Policy Development, Medicines Unit including Drug Risk Management and the Clinical Research Unit. Her unit is also responsible for the overall clinical strategy for Discovery Health and related businesses. Prior to joining Discovery, she was a full-time senior lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology, at the University of Pretoria where she continues to offer her services as a part-time lecturer to date.
Namhla Tambatamba, Head: Wellbeing, Nedbank
Namhla Tambatamba is Head of Wellbeing at Nedbank in Group Human Resources. She holds an Honours degree in Industrial Psychology and an MBA. She is a ‘Solutionist’ with over 16 years of working experience mainly in financial services, banking and insurance. At some point, she opted to leave her promising career in human resources into a leadership business role in one of the well-known entrepreneurial companies. Her career and academic experiences to date bring about an unusual ability to translate complex business situations into real solutions making it a win-win for business and its people.
Julia le Roux, CEO, Nedgroup Medical Aid Scheme
Julia le Roux is passionate about health and fitness and has participated in a number of endurance events including Ironman, Two Oceans, Double Century road bike and the Transbaviaans mountain bike event. She has 18 years’ experience in the health care industry. She started off her career as a legal advisor and consultant in the insurance industry. Thereafter, she consulted to a number of different medical schemes while working at an administrator before moving into the role of head of a medical scheme. She has been 11 years in the role of Principal Officer (CEO) of the Nedgroup Medical Aid Scheme.
Dr Danie Viljoen, Head: Medical and Occupational health services, Unilever
Dr Danie Viljoen qualified as a medical doctor at University of Stellenbosch in 1986. He also has a Diploma in Occupational Health from the University of Pretoria which he obtained in 1995. He has worked in the mining and construction industries as an Occupational medical practitioner since 1996. For the last 8 years he has held the position of Head of Medical and occupational health services for Unilever South Africa and South- Eastern African countries.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

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

For more information about the seminar, please contact Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba on or +2711 706 6009 .


REGISTRATION FEES | Pay before 20 December 2019 get 15% discount
 Mental Health in the Workplace seminar | 18 FEBRUARY 2020
Early bird special: R3 825 (save R675)

R4 500.00 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

 #MHWS2020KR - Follow the seminar build up and proceedings on TWITTER
Engage with us! @KnowledgeRes





Our Team Corporate Governance

Contact Us