Smangele Simelane

Smangele Simelane

Chapter Chairperson: KwaZulu-Natal ( KZN )

Chapter Location: PDurban

Contact details

Email: SimelaneS@unizulu.ac.za

Cell: 081 049 1189

EAPA-SA’s KZN Chapter represents a diverse group of EAPs within the province who work in private practice, government, large corporations and EAP service provider companies. The current committee comprises:

The Chapter at some stage was one of the biggest in the country but history saw it deteriorating and become inactive. In February 2015 a group of concerned practitioners convened an open meeting to start the process of reviving the KZN Chapter which led to the appointment of an interim committee to oversee the process. On 04 June 2015 a special meeting was held and the current Committee was appointed. Since relaunching, the chapter has not looked back.  As at end of December 2016, the Chapter membership comprised 13 individual membership and 7 service providers.

The potential for more membership exists, and the task ahead is to market the benefits of the programme as well as streamline the process of professional designations.  The database of potential members is well over 300, derived from the number of workplaces in KwaZulu-Natal.

The membership is dominated by the public sector. EAPs from the public service represent 90% and other 10%. A strategy to involve the private sector more would be implemented in 2017.

In 2016 the first wellness family day was convened by the Chapter and was a resounding success. It coincided with the celebration of the National Recreation Day. It was therefore adopted as an annual chapter event and everyone is looking forward to the 2017 event.

The Chapter and the EAPA-SA activities are supported by the Provincial Government of KwaZulu-Natal. This relationship is managed through the Office of the Premier. All provincial government departments are aware of the Association. This support has to be extended to municipalities and private sector companies. KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is the largest public sector employer in the South Africa. With more than 220 000 employees in the Provincial Government alone, by adding municipalities , private sector and national departments resident in KZN , the number grows even more.

Although the majority of employee assistance practitioners are concentrated in the main centres in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, there are those who operate from the district and local offices based in small towns like Newcastle, Richards Bay, and Port Shepstone. The distance from Durban and Newcastle for example is about 400 kilometers, meaning approximately 4 hours drive by car.  It is always a challenge for practitioners to attend all meetings. The commitment and dedication of members have made it possible to progress in spite of these challenges.

The repositioning of EAPA in KZN is bearing fruits. EAP sector is beginning to be recognized especially by Government. There are debates which aim to link the sector with structures in the work place. Members unanimously agree to move in speed in attaining a statutory status to regulate the sector.

The discussions at national level between the EAPA-SA Board and Government represented by the Ministry of Public Service and Administration should pay the direction to which the sector should move towards. The KZN Chapter is available and commits itself to be an active partner in the entire process.

KZN Chapter adopted a slogan which is used as inspiration and motivation to put extra efforts.  KZN indeed is “Moving Wellness and EAP from Good to Great”.

Chapter Goals:

 

  • Professionalization of Employee Assistance Programme as a career and a profession.
  • Improvement of good governance.
  • Ensure sustainability of the Chapter

Meeting dates for the Executive Committee:

The time and dates will be communicated in due course.

KZN Chapter 2019 Year Plan

Date Venue Nature of activity  

Name of the presenter/speaker/ organisation

12 March 2019 Durban Breakfast Session with the Service Providers, potential sponsors, Snr Managers and employee assistance practitioners EAPA Board member and EAPA KZN Chapter to share the vision
14 May 2019 Durban or Newcastle Workshop: Proper Records Management  – POPI Act  & Addictions Elim Clinic / SANCA / Speaker to address POPI Act in line with Confidentiality
11 June 2019 Durban Workshop: Self-Awareness  (EQ ) & Corporate Bullying Subject Experts
13 August 2019 Durban or Pietermaritzburg Workshop: Care  for the Care-givers : Burnout and Stress Management Subject Experts
17-20 September 2019 Wild Coast Sun, Port Edward Annual EAPA SA Training & Conference EAPs to attend as part of the required Continuous Professional Development

Info: EAPA-SA website and KZN Chapter Executive Committee

15 October 2019 Durban or Zululand Workshop: Process of Trauma Debriefing and dealing with Death On Duty Subject Experts
06 November 2019 Durban Chapter Development and AGM EAPA KZN Chapter

 

EAPA KZN CHAPTER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Planning Meeting Minutes
12 January 2018, at eThekwini Municipality Offices
Time: 11:00 – 14:00

Attended: see attendance register

  • Mr JM Gumede : Chairperson
  • Dr Serena Frank : Deputy Chairperson
  • Ms Smangele Simelane : Committee Member
  • Ms Nonhlanhla Nkosi : Committee Member

Apologies:

  • Mr Mbuso Ntombela : Committee Member

1. WELCOME
The Chairperson welcomed everyone present to the meeting, and Mr Ntombela was noted not in attendance.

2. PURPOSE AND ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
The purpose of the meeting was to officially plan the annual activities and events of the EAPA KZN Chapter for 2018.
The agenda was adopted as circulated.

3. MATTERS DISCUSSED
3.1 Committee Member Matters

  • It was noted that an email was sent to Mr Ntombela to check his availability to continue serve on the committee and response is awaited.
  • Additional member that volunteered (Dolly Hlongwane 083 981 8486 based in Ladysmith) was acknowledged however it was suggested that she be utilised when there are a lot of activities due to the travelling distance for her.
  • The Chairperson indicated that this year the Deputy Chair will have to attend some board meetings in Gauteng, and dates will be communicated.

3.2 Members’ Survey

  • An analysis of the members’ survey was done and members are behind the existence of the Chapter and most of the responses highlighted the full support of the Executive Committee. A need for continued interaction and interventions with the Committee was highlighted. The chairperson indicated that the survey analysis will be submitted to the National EAPA-SA Board at its next meeting.
  • It was however noted that registration of members for 2018 will be facilitated by the Chairperson with the assistance of all committee members.
  • An analysis of the members’ survey was done and members are behind the existence of the Chapter and most of the responses highlighted the full support of the Executive Committee. A need for continued interaction and interventions with the Committee was highlighted. The chairperson indicated that the survey analysis will be submitted to the National EAPA-SA Board at its next meeting.
  • It was however noted that registration of members for 2018 will be facilitated by the Chairperson with the assistance of all committee members.

3.3 Meeting dates for the Executive Committee for 2018 were concluded as follows;

  • 12 January 2018
  • 15 March 2018
  • 10 May 2018
  • 19 July 2018
  • 18 October 2018
  • 15 November 2018 – AGM
    The venues and times would be communicated in due course.

3.4 Events for 2018 were agreed as follows:

EVENT DATE RESPONSIBLE PERSON
Breakfast Session with the Service Providers : CPD points to be included 15 March 2018 JM Gumede
Trauma Management Workshop 10 May 2018 Nonhlanhla Nkosi
Mental Illness Workshop 19 July 2018 Dr Frank
Sports Day (Care for the Care-givers) 16 August 2018 JM Gumede
Financial Management Workshop 18 October 2018 Smangele Simelane
AGM and Elections of New Committee 15 November 2018 All

3.5 Action Items

  • The Chairperson indicated that there might be a need to visit Newcastle area to service the who had joined the Chapter in 2018.
  • The 2018 events above were confirmed by all committee members and responsible members were tasked to follow up and confirm the speaker / sponsor if required.
  • Dr Serena will assist with booking the venues for the events / meetings.
  • All preparations for a specific event will be done by the committee and circulated for approval.
  • Smangele Simelane was tasked to check social media with Radhi from National EAPA-SA Office for the benefit of marketing events, as this was raised from the members’’s survey.
  • The Committee agreed on revive a CSI project at Waterloo as soon as the schools open the Chairperson will make contact and provide feedback to the committee. It was agreed that to support the CSI perhaps invites to the Chapter Workshops should include a request for donations to the Centre, however this will be possible once the Centre needs have been confirmed with them.

4. Closure

The Chairperson closed the meeting at 13h45 and thanked everyone for attendance.

NEXT MEETING: 15 MARCH 2018

  • Position EAPA-SA as a strategic partner by promoting its activities.
  • Increase and develop membership.
  • Training and development including facilitation of CPD points training and workshops.
  • Review of the Chapter constitution .

 KZN CHAPTER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

2018 – 2023

Surname and Name Portfolio  Cell number E-mail address
Ms Smangele Simelane Chairperson 0810491189 simelanes@unizulu.ac.za / nomkhosi03@gmail.com
Dr Frank Serena Deputy Chairperson 0834142016 serena.frank@durban.gov.za
Ms Khuzwayo Makhosazane Member 0836666890 makhosazana.khuzwayo@sappi.com
Ms Duma Nozipho Member 0825553942 dumano@eskom.co.za
Ms Machi Nontobeko Treasurer 0732200229 nontomachi1@gmail.com
Ms Sibiya Gugulethu Secretary 0834450266 gugulethu.sibiya@dcs.gov.za
Mr Gumede Mzwandile Immediate Past Chairperson 0824507708 jm.gumede@kznpremier.gov.za
Mr Hlongwa Ndumiso Co-opted member 0833078978 hlongwan@kzndac.gov.za