Eduweek Programme | EAPA-SA


The EAPA-SA Eduweek continues to stand as the premier annual congregation for EAP professionals in South Africa, maintaining its distinction as the sole event of its nature. Drawing attendance from EAP and HR experts spanning across multiple continents, this event has become a cornerstone of knowledge exchange and networking within the industry.

The event’s fundamental objective lies in furnishing attendees with the latest information and progressive perspectives, all the while cultivating an environment conducive to open dialogue and collaborative learning..


CPD Points:

  • Delegates are encouraged to attend all conference sessions to earn a maximum of 16 CPD points.
  • Registration sheets will be available at each session.
  • Kindly ensure your attendance is recorded daily at the EAPA-SA  stand.

Day 4 – Thursday 21st September: Plenary Sessions


8:00am - 9:00am

Exhibition Hall

Morning Tea & Registration

Visit our exhibition stands that are available to you to gain knowledge about what services are available in the industry.


9:00am - 9:10am

Tropical Nites Auditorium

MC: Introductions & Welcome

Lucky Du Plessis

Crazy name, even better story. Adopted into an amazing, loving family, Lucky Du Plessis has had his fair share of ups and downs. His crazy story from being stolen from his father to being arrested and becoming and growing into a charismatic young man who lives a “never die” attitude literally because he died 3 times in one sitting. This young storyteller has seen it all. He uses his humour to entertain his audience; whether it be radio, stand-up comedy or MC’ing; Lucky Du Plessis can and has done it all.


9:10am - 9:50am

Tropical Nites Auditorium

Session 10

Snakes in Suits: When Leaders are Toxic

Navlika Ratangee, Managing Director at ICAS South Africa

Navlika Ratangee is the Managing Director at ICAS SA. A clinical psychologist with diverse experience in workplace wellbeing. She completed her MBA in 2016 as the top student of the programme. With executive education from Harvard Business School, Navlika is a seasoned presenter, chapter author and published editor on corporate mental health.

Session Description & Learning Objectives: (click + button on right)

South Africa rates as lowest in the world on relationships between managers and their employees. This is largely as a result of a lack of soft skills, better known as essential people skills. This is further compounded by toxic behaviours in the workplace and what has come to be known as snakes in suits. Whilst the original term snakes in suits relates to psychopathic behaviour of a leader, there is much we can learn from how to handle toxic behaviour in general in the workplace, and how it impacts mental health and employee wellbeing.

Learning Objective 1: Understanding the impact of employer-employee relationships on mental health.

Learning Objective 2: Practical ideas to protect yourself against toxic relationships in the work environment – particularly between manager and employee.

Learning Objective 3: Understanding what we need from leaders now and into the future in order to groom a work environment for employee wellbeing.

About the Silver Sponsor


9:50am - 10:50am

Tropical Nites Auditorium

Session 11 (S11)

Dialog Session: Addiction

Kerry Janse van Rensburg, Director at Project Exodus

Kerry Janse van Rensburg (BSc, HDE) is a sought-after speaker on the topic of Problematic Pornography Use (PPU). In 2019, Kerry transitioned from high school principal to, now, being a director of Project Exodus NPC. Her primary focus is on creating awareness around and helping those affected by PPU.

Carol Venter, Occupational Social Worker and addiction treatment professional

Carol is an experienced Social Worker and addiction specialist with diverse skills in clinical, tertiary education and corporate environments.
Carol is passionate about supporting individuals and families grappling with substance and addiction issues from a holistic perspective, understanding them as part of a system and within their home, community and work environments.


10:50am - 11:30am

Tropical Nites Auditorium

Session 12 (S12)

The ugly face of GBV in the workplace / The romanticized GBV in the workplace

Tiego Malibe, Strategic Head: Client and Digital Experience, Metropolitan Health Corporate

Tiego Malibe, the Strategic Head of CX & Digital Experience at Metropolitan Health Corporate is a forward-thinking visionary at the forefront of customer & digital experience innovation. A dynamic speaker and thought leader with a multifaceted journey that spans over 12 years in the realm of customer solutions for industry giants including Discovery and Sanlam. As a Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP) and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Tiego’s journey has been marked by dedication to understanding clients’ underlying needs and using insights to drive innovation, growth, and market leadership.

Tiego’s qualifications include a degree in Communication Science from Unisa, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Management from the University of St Mark & St John in the UK, an Executive Certificate in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) USA, and Design Thinking from Hasso Plattner D-School Afrika. These credentials underscore her commitment to innovation and the pursuit of data-driven cutting-edge strategies.

Session Description & Learning Objectives: (click + button on right)

A Powerful Discussion on Workplace Dynamics: Unveiling Gender-Based Violence

Are you ready to delve into a crucial workplace conversation that demands our attention? Join us for an eye-opening session that sheds light on the often silent struggle of gender-based violence in professional environments.

In this engaging talk, we’ll hear directly from women who have faced these challenges and triumphed over adversity. Their stories will inspire and resonate with professionals across industries, providing unique insights into the realities they’ve navigated.
But that’s not all – we’re not just discussing problems; we’re focused on solutions. Discover how employee assistance programs can undergo transformative changes to effectively address and prevent gender-based violence.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a critical dialogue that has the power to reshape workplaces for the better.

Learning Objective 1: Practical strategies that not only protect employees but also foster a culture of respect, equality, and empowerment.

Learning Objective 2: Definition and understanding of GBV

Learning Objective 3: Upskilling individuals to understand the various signs of GBV


11:30am - 12:10pm

Exhibition Hall

Tea Break & Exhibition

Visit our exhibition stands that are available to you to gain knowledge about what services are available in the industry.


12:10pm - 12:50pm

Tropical Nites Auditorium

Session 13 (S13)

Spirituality in the Workplace

S'lindile Ninela, Client Services Consultant at ICAS South Africa

S’lindile Ninela is a young mental health professional who has had the privilege of working with all kinds of people from different walks of life. She has been exposed to different cases which relate to the person and their spirituality. A strong interest to learn and engage more around the topic of spirituality in the workplace has grown to a certain extent.

Session Description & Learning Objectives: (click + button on right)

Healthy expressions of spirituality help employees grow as individuals, however there is danger when spirituality is used as a defense mechanism to receive the psychological help that one needs. This creates a barrier between the individual and authentic growth.

Learning Objective 1: Understanding Spirituality.

Learning Objective 2:  Understanding the concept of Spiritual Bypassing.

Learning Objective 3: The signs, causes and impact.


12:50pm - 1:00pm

Tropical Nites Auditorium

Activation: Sanlam

About Sanlam

Sanlam is a purpose-led organisation, with all our efforts centred on helping our clients live with confidence. We promote financial inclusion, transformation and empowerment through our broad product and financial advice offering, inclusive culture and partnership approach. We have a proven track record of delivering superior value to clients, employees, shareholders and broader society.


1:00pm - 2:30pm

Exhibition Hall & Lunch On the lawns

Lunch Break

Visit our exhibition stands that are available to you to gain knowledge about what services are available in the industry.


2:30pm - 2:40pm



USA (virtual), Julie Fabsik-Swarts, Chief Executive Officer at Employee Assistance Professionals Association

Julie Fabsik-Swarts, MS, CFRE, CAP is a skilled and dynamic non-profit association decades of experience. Julie has worked for such prestigious organizations as Pennsylvania State University, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the Purple Heart Foundation, UC Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania, and the American College. Julie was the head US Synchronized Swimming and of the National Postdoctoral Association. She is now the CEO of the EAPA.


2:40pm - 4:10pm


Session 15 (S15)

Panel Discussion: Employee Assistance New Generation Workplace Around The World

Panel Facilitator: Radhi Vandayar, President-Elect of EAPA-SA

Radhi obtained an honors degree in Social Work at the University of Witwatersrand which was followed by 17 years in practice. She further obtained short courses to enhance her business and OD skills and knowledge. She worked in the UK in the Mental Health and Social Service setting. Her working experience in South Africa has primarily been in the field of EAP consultancy. Her work has been in various environments, including government, corporate and non-governmental organisations. She has developed skills in change management, organizational development processes, counselling, facilitation of various training and leadership coaching. In addition, business skills have been acquired through exposure to various business processes, including the development and implementation of strategies and individualized programmes for a broad based client group. She received her MBA and Coaching qualifications through Henley Business School in 2012 and 2017. She has also been a part of EAPA South Africa for the last 11 years and has been a board member for the last 7 years. She currently holds the EAPA-SA President Elect position and was previously the Conference portfolio and before that held the Egoli Chairperson portfolio for 2 terms.

South Africa (In person), Dr Fundile Nyati, Chairman and Chief Executive at Proactive Health Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Dr Fundile Nyati is a qualified family physician and seasoned healthcare entrepreneur, who currently heads a leading Employee Wellness Company, Proactive Health Solutions (Pty) Ltd as the Chairman and Chief Executive. He is a much sought after conferences speaker. Past EAPA EduWeek speaker during the last five EAPA-SA conferences, with overwhelming majority of conference participants on feedback rating his presentation ability as good to excellent.

Uganda (In Person), Suzan Tashobya, Rapport Counseling at SMC Limited

Suzan Tashobya Tabaro, is a Counselling Psychologist. She holds a Master of Science in Clinical and Psychological Counselling (MCPC) and has 11 years’ experience in counselling. Suzan is the Managing Director/ Founder of RAPPORT COUNSELLING-SMC LIMITED. She has positioned her company as the lead Employee Assistance Program service provider in Uganda.

Nigeria (virtual), Ven. Adelowo Adesina, Managing Consultant at Sages & Scribes Consultants

Ven. Adelowo Adesina is a certified counsellor, mediator, facilitator and a seasoned EAP practitioner. A much sought after conference speaker, he has facilitated a host of training workshops, management retreats and team bonding sessions in all sectors of the economy across the African continent.

USA (virtual), Julie Fabsik-Swarts, Chief Executive Officer at Employee Assistance Professionals Association

Julie Fabsik-Swarts, MS, CFRE, CAP is a skilled and dynamic non-profit association decades of experience. Julie has worked for such prestigious organizations as Pennsylvania State University, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the Purple Heart Foundation, UC Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania, and the American College. Julie was the head US Synchronized Swimming and of the National Postdoctoral Association. She is now the CEO of the EAPA.

Ghana (virtual), Patience Osekre, Managing Director, Supreme HealthCare Management Services

Patience Osekre is a Consultant Psychotherapist and a Wellness Expert trained in the UK with a wealth of experience and expertise in providing Health and Well-being Services for Individuals, Groups and Organisations. She has worked for many years in Managerial position within the Public/ Statutory, Private and Voluntary Sector in the UK prior to relocating to Ghana.
She is currently the Managing Director of Supreme Healthcare Management services and EAP-Africa (Subsidiary) in Ghana a pioneering initiative in Sub Saharan Africa which provides 24/7 Employee Assistance Program and Wellbeing Services /Consultancy for
Banks, Oil/Companies, Mining Industry, Embassies, Schools, Clinics, hospitals, and other Corporate Institutions and sectors to enhance Employee wellbeing, performance and productivity. She leads a Multi-disciplinary/Multi-Lingual Team of Professionals in delivering a wide range of multifaceted Employee Well-being Services in Ghana and across the continent.

Caribbean (virtual), Dr Ian Quamina, Head of Clinical Services at Families in Action

With over twenty-three years of experience in Employee Assistance, Ian is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional who delivers strategic guidance on the development, implementation, management, delivery and evaluation of quality Employee Assistance Programs in the Caribbean and most recently on the African Continent.


4:10pm - 4:30pm

Tropical Nites Auditorium

Exhibitors Presentation & Lucky Draws


4:30pm - 4:40pm


Concluding Remarks: EAPA-SA President

Mrs. Thiloshni Govender

Thiloshni qualified as a Social Worker from the University of Durban-Westville in 1991 and completed her master’s degree in Social Work: EAP at University of Pretoria in 2009. She started her career in the NGO sector in 1992, working for Child Welfare in Durban and SANCA Alcohol and Drug Centre in East London in 1996. It was at SANCA that she was introduced to the field of Employee Assistance. In April 2008 she was appointed as Director: Employee Wellness for the Department of Health.


4:40pm -5:00pm

Exhibition Hall

Tea Break 

Grab a quick tea or coffe and something to snack on before you head out


4:40pm - 6:30pm

Wild Coast Sun

Break In The Programme For Delegates To Relax And Freshen Up




Registration & Info Desk Closes


6:30pm - 00:00am

Amadiba Venue

Annual Presidential Awards Dinner

Night of the Stars

Experience a night of glamour and celebration as we gather to honour the brightest stars of the EA Industry at the Annual Presidential Awards Dinner. Embracing the enchanting theme of “The Night of the Stars,” the dress code calls for nothing less than gold, glitz, and glam. Prepare to make a lasting impression as we commemorate the achievements that have shaped our industry over the last 12 months.

DRESS CODE: Black Tie – Gold, Glitz and Glam

Please note this programme is subject to change without notice.