Programme

The EAPASA Eduweek is the largest annual gathering of EAP professionals in South Africa – the only event of its kind, attended by EAP and HR professionals from across Africa, Europe and the Americas.

Eduweek endeavours to provide up to date information and thinking, while offering a platform that fosters interactive communication around industry-related topics.

This 3-day event focuses on education; networking and peer engagement; and industry awards and recognition.
EAPASA’s commitment to creating positive change through
education and training is communicated in the event name.

Monday 5 September: Registration Day

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12:00pm – 5:00pm

Plenary Venue Foyer

Registration

Registration of Delegates: If you have booked a 3 Day Package, please come and sign in, and collect your delegate pack today.

The registration desk will remain an information desk for the duration of the event: Tuesday to Thursday, 08h00 – 17h00.

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All Day

Emperors Palace

Delegates are free

Delegates are at leisure – there are no set programme items for this day. Feel free to explore Emperors Palace, the palace of dreams. 

Tuesday 6 September: Interactive Sessions

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7:30am – 5:30pm

Plenary Venue Foyer

Registration & Info Desk Opens

The registration desk will remain as an information desk for the duration of the event, Tuesday to Thursday, 08h00 – 17h00 

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8:30am – 10:00am

Exhibition Hall

Welcome Tea & Networking

Visit our exhibition stands and gain knowledge about what services are available in the industry.

Network with your peers for our first in person gathering since 2019.

Time Slot 10:00am – 12:00pm

Three Simultaneous Sessions – Please select one to attend in each time slot

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10:00am – 12:00pm

Plenary Venue

Basic Mental Health First Aid Training

Kevashini Govender-Naidoo, Clinical Psychologist at Impilo Consulting

Kevashini Govender-Naidoo and Ayesha Booley-Schreuder are both clinically trained psychologists from UCT, with almost 30 years of combined experience. They have worked extensively within the public and private sector within South Africa and United Kingdom. Through their clinical work, they identified a gap in how organisations are understood and intervened with. To meet this vast and growing need they co-founded Impilo Consulting, which offers specialist development and support consultation to organisations.

Ayesha Booley-Schreuder, Clinical Psychologist at Impilo Consulting

Kevashini Govender-Naidoo and Ayesha Booley-Schreuder are both clinically trained psychologists from UCT, with almost 30 years of combined experience. They have worked extensively within the public and private sector within South Africa and United Kingdom. Through their clinical work, they identified a gap in how organisations are understood and intervened with. To meet this vast and growing need they co-founded Impilo Consulting, which offers specialist development and support consultation to organisations.

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

Mental illness in the workplace leads to decreased productivity, absenteeism, wasted materials, toxic work culture and even compromised workplace safety because It is not prioritised or detected. Not prioritising mental illness is largely due to the stigma around mental illness, and leaders responsible for the wellbeing of staff not having the necessary skills to detect mental illness and guide appropriate intervention. Therefore, a more proactive and preventative approach is necessary for organisations. The Basic Mental Health First Aid Training workshop, will enable participants to detect common mental health disorders in their workplace and provide first aid in a mental health crisis.

Session description:
• Reflective space – mental health in work place
• Slides – common mental health disorders
• How to respond as a mental health first aid responder
• Case studies

• Reflect on their personal experiences of mental illness in the workplace and the impact of COVID-19
• Detect the common mental disorders and risk
• Respond to common mental health disorders and risk

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10:00am – 12:00pm

Fabia I

Does Problem Gambling feature in your Employee Assistance Programme?

Sibongile Simelane-Quntana, Executive Director, South African Responsible Gambling Foundation (NPC)

Mrs Simelane-Quntana has experience in research, institutional management, organisational planning, policy development, project management, programmes evaluation and monitoring. Her qualifications include a Master Degree in Business Administration, Post Graduate Diploma in Public Management Administration with the University of the Witwatersrand, Post Graduate Diploma in Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Education with the University of the Witwatersrand.

Therese Schroeder, Training and Development Manager, South African Responsible Gambling Foundation (NPC)

Present position is Training and Development Manager of Foundation. With over 40 years of experience within the training and development arena, highlights include being an Academic Director for a leading Hotel School, a Group Training Manager for a national hotel group and authoring books used for hospitality training.

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

This interactive session will create an awareness on the importance of having an EAP programme for problem gamblers within the workplace. Using a hybrid approach to learning, the theoretical information and subsequent learner engagements will bring front-of-mind awareness to the need for all EAPs to understand this addiction and know where and how to locate professional free treatment and counselling for any employee who may present with this problem/addiction. With more persons gambling on-line and placing sports bets, this is a must attend session for the EAP who is looking to gain more insight into this hidden addiction.

By the end of the workshop the attendees will be able to:

  • Provide basic information on the services of the SARGF towards the mitigation of the potential negative consequences of gambling.
  • State the three types of gamblers and provide basic information as to the behavioural characteristics of each.
  • Explain how persons who have a gambling problem maybe harming themselves, their families, communities, and their working environments.
  • Show evidence of how and where to refer a problem gambler to for free and professional treatment and counselling.
  • Explain why EAP’s need to have a basic understanding of what a problem/addicted gambler is.
  • State where to get training about Responsible Gambling.
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10:00am – 12:00pm

Fabia II

Employee Life Cycle: Transformation, Onboarding to Offboarding

(Advanced Session)

Rev. Adelowo Adesina, Management Consultant at Sages & Scribes Consulting Firm

Adesina Adelowo as a social administrator has over 40 years of rich, broad and varied post-graduation work experience in industry, commerce and consulting, about 18 of which was in executive management position in different multi-national corporation.
His expertise in business advisory and support services for emerging businesses one with a global recognition.

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

This workshop is conceived and designed using the competency-based curriculum. It promises to be a life transforming learning experience for every participant. Laced with humour and story-telling, participants will learn in a fun-filled learning environment; The learning philosophy is “ learning by involvement.

Tell me I will forget
Teach me, I may remember
Involve me and I will learn.

The workshop will be active learning, interactive and participatory.

•  Workplace relational skills
•  Employee engagement techniques
•  Talent attraction, management and retention

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12:00pm – 12:30pm

Exhibition Hall

Tea Break & Exhibition

Visit our exhibition stands and explore the resources available in the industry.

Time Slot 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Three Simultaneous Sessions – Please select one to attend in each time slot

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12:30pm – 2:30pm

Plenary Venue

Bringing ‘human’ back to the workplace.

Paula Quinsee, Founder and Relationship Expert at Ati2ud Communications (Pty) Ltd

Paula Quinsee is a Relationship Expert, International Speaker and Author. She teaches individuals and organisations how to cultivate healthy relationships at home and in the workplace to create a human connected world. Paula is the author of 2 self-help guides: Embracing Conflict and Embracing No as well as an advocate for mental health and against gender-based violence

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

The key element central to any organisations success is its people. The pandemic has put the spotlight on the human element of the working world and everyone is talking about psychological safety, psychological capital and its contribution to business productivity.

The role of Leader has changed and they are having to upskill themselves to shape the future of business life together with inspiring their employees. How do we ensure an “emotional connection” over a “remote connection” and the impact of employee commitment on productivity and growth?

1. What is psychological safety and how do we create it?
2. Why is connection so important?
3. The dangers of multi-tasking on our productivity

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12:30pm – 2:30pm

Fabia I

The future has arrived – Fit for Work: Ergonomics in the Workplace

Dr. Jenny Sapire, Clinical Standards Manager at Life Health Solutions

Dr Jenny Sapire is an Occupational Medical Practitioner who has been in the field of Occupational Health for the past 25 years. She is a member of SASOM (SA Society of Occupational Medicine), SASTM (SA Society of Travel Medicine) and MMPA (Mine Medical Professional Association).

 

Ms. Kate Powell, Wellbeing Specialist at Life Health Solutions

Kate studied Occupational Therapy at Wits. Kate joined Alex Forbes in 2017, and has been using her experience to provide Incapacity Management Support with the focus being on the management of medical conditions, health promotion and prevention and ergonomics in the workplace. Kate’s varied experience has aided in the development of training with particular emphasis on supporting employees in the workplace.

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

“The future has arrived sooner than expected which is dramatically changing how we work!

There is little doubt that there are many benefits of ergonomics and they are the basis of creating an efficient work environment.

You can utilize ergonomics to decrease injury and boost physical efficiency. Research shows that successful implementation requires continuous commitment and genuine participation from all employees. You can do this properly by educating yourself on when and how to implement it.”

Ergonomics in the Workplace – Presentation Outline

1. What is ergonomics and what are the benefits of good ergonomic practice in the workplace
2. What good ergonomics involves • Some of the common effects of poor ergonomics
3. How can you improve your ergonomics without spending too much money
4. Some of the considerations to prevent long term damage of your body
5. What are the correct lifting techniques
6. Direct and indirect relationship between ergonomics and our psychological wellbeing
7. Considerations of a physical occupation
8. Update on the new Ergonomic Regulations

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12:30pm – 2:30pm

Fabia II

EAPASA Standards Review Workshop

Thiloshni Govender & Marion Borcherds

Thiloshni qualified as a Social Worker from the University of Durban-Westville in 1991and completed her Master’sDegree 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 2000 she moved into the Public Service doing EAP full time at the Department of Correctional Services and then in 2004 to the Department of Agriculture as Deputy Director: Employee Wellness. In April 2008 she was appointed as Director: Employee Wellness for the Department of Health where she is presently responsible for Employee Assistance, Occupational Health and Safety, HIV and TB Workplace Programmes, Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases as well as employee Sport and Recreation.

Dr. Marion Borcherds is currently employed at Transnet as the Group Employee Wellness and Transformation Manager, managing the components of EAP, Absenteeism management, Medical schemes, Incapacity and disability management, the HIV/AIDS Workplace programme as well as the Transformation portfolio. She is a thought leader in the employee wellness space, having designed, implemented and managed EWP programmes for both government and para-statals over the years.
She has also worked in academia and private and her expertise in mental health and gender and reproductive health is worthy of noting. Dr. Borcherds is a regular speaker at local conferences on various Employee Wellness related topics. She has also has participated at a number of international conferences such as the international Nursing summit, the International Health conference and the International Employee Assistance conference at which she has delivered papers on Integration within employee wellness, the strategic positioning of Employee wellness within HR, EAP as a behavioural risk assessment tool as well the Management of violence in the workplace, amongst others.

Time Slot 2:30pm – 3:30pm

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2:30pm – 3:30pm

Exhibition Hall

Lunch Break & Exhibition

During your lunch break take a moment to find out what your industry has to offer by visiting our exhibition stands.

Time Slot 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Three Simultaneous Sessions – Please select one to attend in each time slot

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3:30pm – 5:30pm

Plenary Venue

Diversity: Melting Pot or Salad Bowl?

Safia Joseph, Psychologist, Life Health Solutions

Safia has extensive experience in the field of employee wellbeing and has been a clinical affiliate for 20 years. She was the Area Head: Psychological Services at SAPS, and has worked across different industries. As a psychologist, she also shares her clinical expertise in the creation of solutions for clients at individual and organizational levels.

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

Diversity has been one of the most popular business topics over the last two decades. It ranks with modern business disciplines such as quality, leadership, and ethics. Despite this popularity, it’s also one of the most controversial and least understood topics.

The word diversity often invokes a variety of attitudes and emotional responses. So, what’s our definition of workplace diversity? We’re defining it as the ways in which people in an organization are different from and similar to one another. But acknowledging diversity without practicing inclusion is pointless. Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance…

Diversity: Melting Pot or Salad Bowl – Presentation Outline

1. Today’s Workforce
2. Diversity defined
3. Importance of managing diversity
4. Diversity management challenges
5. Embracing Diversity
6. Prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination
7. Understanding cultural diversity
8. The difference between diversity and inclusion?
9. The diversity blueprint

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3:30pm – 5:30pm

Fabia I

Art Therapy

Dr. Pravesh Bhoodram, Education, EAPASA

Dr Pravesh Bhoodram is a pioneer in the EAP field in the Public Service in South Africa having assisted 23 National Departments in implementing EAP’s for the past 24 years. He has served as an EAPA SA Board member since 1998 in various capacities: president, conference convener, finance chairperson and strategic planner. He became the first South African to receive a Special Recognition Award from EAPA International (Vancouver 2001) for his contribution to the profession in South Africa. As the only President of EAPA SA serving two terms (2001 – 2003 and 2003 – 2005), Dr Bhoodram received a second International Award for contributing to the wellness field in South Africa by leading the most progressive Chapter among 23 countries. He has served on the International Work life Committee and was appointed on EAPA International Global task team in 2004. He was also the first EAPA-SA board Member to receive the Board Member of the year award (2 times) for consistent dedication to EAPA-SA. He is a standing member of the Ethics and standards committees and has led the project to acquire offices for EAPA-SA. He is the longest serving EAPA-SA Board member (1998 – present).

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

TBC

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3:30pm – 5:30pm

Fabia II

In person: Liezl Anthony, Clinical Psychologist, Proactive Health Solutions

Virtual Reality as an Intervention to Alleviate Acute Stress Symptoms: Is VR our New Reality?

I am a registered clinical psychologist and a human behaviourist with a specific interest in employee wellness, and organizational wellness, with a keen interest in assisting clients to create wellness from. My clinical experience straddles public and private psychiatric institutions, the academia and the corporate environment and public sector.

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

Virtual Reality (VR) has been identified as a potentially revolutionary tool for the psychological treatment of mental disorders. The most mature fields of treatment to date have been VR-based interventions that focused on anxiety disorders.

With VR, individuals enter either computer generated simulations of real-life situations or can experience a sense of relaxation, activating an affective-motivational state, “escaping” to a virtual from the real world – these are pivotal facets of VR as a psychological tool. A large scientific literature has emerged demonstrating the unique and added value that is accrued with the use of VR to address a wide range of clinical health conditions.

Virtual Reality – a potentially revolutionary tool for the psychological treatment of mental disorders.

Remote via Zoom: Dr Mark Attridge, International Consultant and Speaker, Attridge Consulting Inc.

Research Review the Effectiveness of Human and Machine-based Counseling: Opportunities for Employee Assistance Programme

I am a registered clinical psychologist and a human behaviourist with a specific interest in employee wellness, and organizational wellness, with a keen interest in assisting clients to create wellness from. My clinical experience straddles public and private psychiatric institutions, the academia and the corporate environment and public sector.

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

Virtual Reality (VR) has been identified as a potentially revolutionary tool for the psychological treatment of mental disorders. The most mature fields of treatment to date have been VR-based interventions that focused on anxiety disorders.

With VR, individuals enter either computer generated simulations of real-life situations or can experience a sense of relaxation, activating an affective-motivational state, “escaping” to a virtual from the real world – these are pivotal facets of VR as a psychological tool. A large scientific literature has emerged demonstrating the unique and added value that is accrued with the use of VR to address a wide range of clinical health conditions.

Virtual Reality – a potentially revolutionary tool for the psychological treatment of mental disorders.

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5:30pm

Plenary Venue Foyer

Registration & Info Desk Closes

Delegates are free for the remainder of the evening.

Wednesday 7 September: Plenary Sessions

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7:30am – 5:30pm

Plenary Venue Foyer

Registration & Info Desk Opens

The registration desk will remain an information desk for the duration of the event: Tuesday to Thursday, 08h00 – 17h00 

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7:30am – 9:00am

Exhibition Hall

Welcome Tea & Networking

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

Time Slot 9:00am – 9:30am

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9:00am - 9:10am

Plenary Venue

Sponsor: Ronald Abvajee, MyHealth 360

Introductions and Welcomes

Entrepreneur Ronald Abvajee is an advocate and inspiration for inspiring wellbeing in all realms. As The CEO of Healthy Living Consulting (HLC) – the force behind the MyHealth360 brand and leading MyWell360 mobile App – as well as a media personality, inspirational speaker, and health and engagement expert.

Over and above being a physiologist, he is also a 5th-degree black belt in karate. He was awarded the Future of HR CEO of the Year Award in 2020 as well as the 2019 Corporate Wellness Champion category and Strategy of the Year in the 2020 awards.

Ronald has also been the recipient of the 2011 Top Black Male Entrepreneur Award at the Oliver Empowerment Awards and a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year category at the National Business Awards.

Sponsor: MyHealth 360

MyHealth360 is a space created for you to understand, shape and nurture your wellbeing journey through your lifetime through:

Essential, expert content that ensures vital knowledge
Assessments that help you shape your steps to wellbeing
Courses that help you through your wellbeing challenges
Live events with leading experts
Fitness classes
Access to online professionals through chats and online appointments

GO FOR IT!

www.myhealth360.co.za

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9:10am - 9:25am

Plenary Venue

Opening Remarks: EAPASA President

Mrs. Thiloshni Govender

Thiloshni qualified as a Social Worker from the University of Durban-Westville in 1991and completed her Master’sDegree 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 2000 she moved into the Public Service doing EAP full time at the Department of Correctional Services and then in 2004 to the Department of Agriculture as Deputy Director: Employee Wellness. In April 2008 she was appointed as Director: Employee Wellness for the Department of Health where she is presently responsible for Employee Assistance, Occupational Health and Safety, HIV and TB Workplace Programmes, Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases as well as employee Sport and Recreation.

Thiloshni has been actively involved in the field of Employee Assistance since 1996. She has been a founding member of the EAPA Ikhala Chapter in East London, being vice – chairperson in 2005 and then chairperson in 2007. The chapter received two awards for EAPA-SA Branch of the year. She was awarded the EAPA-SA Certificate of Merit in 2006 for her contribution to the EAP field.

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9:25am - 9:30am

Plenary Venue

Sponsor: Momentum Metropolitan

Lead Sponsor Address

Entrepreneur Ronald Abvajee is an advocate and inspiration for inspiring wellbeing in all realms. As The CEO of Healthy Living Consulting (HLC) – the force behind the MyHealth360 brand and leading MyWell360 mobile App – as well as a media personality, inspirational speaker, and health and engagement expert.

Over and above being a physiologist, he is also a 5th-degree black belt in karate. He was awarded the Future of HR CEO of the Year Award in 2020 as well as the 2019 Corporate Wellness Champion category and Strategy of the Year in the 2020 awards.

Ronald has also been the recipient of the 2011 Top Black Male Entrepreneur Award at the Oliver Empowerment Awards and a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year category at the National Business Awards.

Lead Sponsor: Momentum Metropolitan

Momentum Metropolitan was formed from the merger of Metropolitan and Momentum, sizeable insurance-based financial services companies in South Africa and listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on 1 December 2010.

With a market capitalisation of R29.2 billion and an embedded value of R41.3 billion as at 30 June 2021, Momentum Metropolitan remains one of South Africa’s larger life insurers and integrated financial services company.

Momentum Metropolitan conducts its business through operating brands Metropolitan, Momentum, Guardrisk and Eris Properties.

Momentum Metropolitan offers the following products and services for both individuals and companies (including institutions and organisations):

  • Long and short-term Insurance
  • Employee benefits including healthcare and retirement provision
  • Asset management, property management, investments and savings
  • Healthcare administration and health risk management
  • Client engagement solutions, including the Momentum Multiply wellness and rewards programme

Momentum Metropolitan’s Reinvent and Grow strategy, as launched at our Investor Conference in May 2021, which included:

  • A significant focus on and investment in digital initiatives to generate efficiencies and to improve the ease of doing business for our clients and advisors
  • A further focus and growth of existing distribution channels, complimented by development of alternative distribution opportunities
  • Targeting normalised headline earnings for the Group of between R4.6 billion to R5.0 billion by the financial year ending 30 June 2024 (F2024)
  • Dynamic and disciplined management of group capital, with the objective to improve the return on equity of the Group to 18% to 20% by F2024

www.mhwellness.co.za

 

Time Slot 9:30am – 11:30am

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9:30am - 10:30am

Plenary Venue

Case Study: Public Sector Outlook

Kelly Manzini (Bio TBC)

Entrepreneur Ronald Abvajee is an advocate and inspiration for inspiring wellbeing in all realms. As The CEO of Healthy Living Consulting (HLC) – the force behind the MyHealth360 brand and leading MyWell360 mobile App – as well as a media personality, inspirational speaker, and health and engagement expert.

Over and above being a physiologist, he is also a 5th-degree black belt in karate. He was awarded the Future of HR CEO of the Year Award in 2020 as well as the 2019 Corporate Wellness Champion category and Strategy of the Year in the 2020 awards.

Ronald has also been the recipient of the 2011 Top Black Male Entrepreneur Award at the Oliver Empowerment Awards and a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year category at the National Business Awards.

Lead Sponsor: Momentum Metropolitan

Momentum Metropolitan was formed from the merger of Metropolitan and Momentum, sizeable insurance-based financial services companies in South Africa and listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on 1 December 2010.

With a market capitalisation of R29.2 billion and an embedded value of R41.3 billion as at 30 June 2021, Momentum Metropolitan remains one of South Africa’s larger life insurers and integrated financial services company.

Momentum Metropolitan conducts its business through operating brands Metropolitan, Momentum, Guardrisk and Eris Properties.

Momentum Metropolitan offers the following products and services for both individuals and companies (including institutions and organisations):

  • Long and short-term Insurance
  • Employee benefits including healthcare and retirement provision
  • Asset management, property management, investments and savings
  • Healthcare administration and health risk management
  • Client engagement solutions, including the Momentum Multiply wellness and rewards programme

Momentum Metropolitan’s Reinvent and Grow strategy, as launched at our Investor Conference in May 2021, which included:

  • A significant focus on and investment in digital initiatives to generate efficiencies and to improve the ease of doing business for our clients and advisors
  • A further focus and growth of existing distribution channels, complimented by development of alternative distribution opportunities
  • Targeting normalised headline earnings for the Group of between R4.6 billion to R5.0 billion by the financial year ending 30 June 2024 (F2024)
  • Dynamic and disciplined management of group capital, with the objective to improve the return on equity of the Group to 18% to 20% by F2024

www.momentummetropolitan.co.za 

 

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10:30am - 11:30am

Plenary Venue

Keynote Address

Speaker TBC
Lead Sponsor: Momentum Metropolitan

Momentum Metropolitan was formed from the merger of Metropolitan and Momentum, sizeable insurance-based financial services companies in South Africa and listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on 1 December 2010.

With a market capitalisation of R29.2 billion and an embedded value of R41.3 billion as at 30 June 2021, Momentum Metropolitan remains one of South Africa’s larger life insurers and integrated financial services company.

Momentum Metropolitan conducts its business through operating brands Metropolitan, Momentum, Guardrisk and Eris Properties.

Momentum Metropolitan offers the following products and services for both individuals and companies (including institutions and organisations):

  • Long and short-term Insurance
  • Employee benefits including healthcare and retirement provision
  • Asset management, property management, investments and savings
  • Healthcare administration and health risk management
  • Client engagement solutions, including the Momentum Multiply wellness and rewards programme

Momentum Metropolitan’s Reinvent and Grow strategy, as launched at our Investor Conference in May 2021, which included:

  • A significant focus on and investment in digital initiatives to generate efficiencies and to improve the ease of doing business for our clients and advisors
  • A further focus and growth of existing distribution channels, complimented by development of alternative distribution opportunities
  • Targeting normalised headline earnings for the Group of between R4.6 billion to R5.0 billion by the financial year ending 30 June 2024 (F2024)
  • Dynamic and disciplined management of group capital, with the objective to improve the return on equity of the Group to 18% to 20% by F2024

www.momentummetropolitan.co.za 

 

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11:30am - 12:00pm

Exhibition Hall

Tea Break & Exhibition

Visit our exhibition stands and explore the resources available in the industry.

Time Slot 12:00pm – 1:40pm

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12:00pm - 12:50pm

Plenary Venue

THE METAMORPHOSIS (Transformation) of workplace priorities

Mr. Samuel Baloyi, Professional Coach/Speaker at ParExcellence (Pty) Ltd

Samuel Baloyi is a certified speaking professional and a Licensed Coach whose business is about human development and organizational transformation. A former banking professional turned leadership Advisor. Samuel has written 12 best selling and developmental books. He is a director of Parexcellence company and a property investor.

Session Description & Learning Objectives

Are you an asset or a liability. How open are you to transformation that may shake your comfort zone? Learning attitude determines soaring level.

1. Application of transformation skills
2. Leading under crisis
3. Embracing and managing any form of change

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12:50pm - 1:40pm

Plenary Venue

Hybrid Work Arrangement – the new World of Work

Mrs. Eileen Florence Gardner, Human Resource Business Partner SAG at Goodyear SA

I was approached and asked by Bernadette Robinson (Social Worker on-site at Goodyear) to share our best practice and address the topic of Hybrid Work Arrangement.

I am the Human Resources Business Partner for Goodyear SA responsible for our Salaried (non-manufacturing) associates. I was one of the Project Leads for adoption of the Hybrid Work Arrangements for Goodyear South Africa. 


I have been employed with Goodyear SA for 37.5 years and held various roles within the organisation.

Session Description & Learning Objectives

Hybrid Work/Occasional Remote Work

We have all experienced significant disruption in 2020 and 2021, because of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The health, economic and social cohesion impacts have led to major challenges for all of us. At the same time, we have seen some opportunities to gain learnings and insights from what has happened, and to therefore embed any positive changes into our ways of working.

The pandemic has shown that some roles can be executed partially from the workplace, partially from home. For this reason, Goodyear EMEA embarked on supporting new ways of working to better align with the labor market new practices and to improve our associates´ experience, whilst ensuring productivity, teamwork dynamics and appropriate interaction with colleagues and the line managers.

Our organizational success depends on making hybrid working work.

We know that both our associates and prospective associates see the value in hybrid work. In a number of interviews conducted this year the question has been asked, “”Does Goodyear offer Hybrid Work?”.

A survey conducted with Wakefield Research shows that almost half of employees (47%) would likely look for another job if their employer didn’t offer a flexible working model. In a recent April 2022 survey it showed that 77% of companies have already opted to go hybrid.

Goodyear has adopted the Hybrid work as a flexible work model approach that allows our associates to split their time between working in the office and working from home. Hybrid work varies in flexibility.

Hybrid at-will: Associates can choose which day(s) to come into the office based on approved role model assignment
Flexible work pattern: Associates determine which time slot they would like to work
The key purpose of adopting and launching the hybrid workplace was to give our associates flexibility in how and where they work and offer a better work-life balance. Associates would feel enabled to alternate between home and the office seamlessly in the hybrid work model—without the business experiencing a dip in productivity.

Learn from best practice in relation to adopting Hybrid Work

Time Slot 1:40pm – 2:40pm

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1:40pm – 2:40pm

Exhibition Hall

Lunch Break & Exhibition

During your lunch break take a moment to find out what your industry has to offer by visiting our exhibition stands.

Time Slot 2:40pm – 5:30pm

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2:40pm - 2:50pm

Plenary Venue

Sponsor

SANLAM: Activation

The continent’s future growth prospects remain strong, and we have an opportunity to use it as a base for inclusive wealth creation that will empower current and future generations to be financially confident, secure and prosperous. Key to this is humanising technology and designing our digitalisation journey around our clients.

Our strategic ambitions are supported by four key pillars

We are ensuring that we continue to deliver value to all stakeholders, while responding to the future needs of our business, clients and industry. Our core operations continue to deliver strong performance and provide the platform on which to build our future-fit strategic ambitions.

• People

• Financial

• Sustainable Economic Impact

• Customers

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2:50pm - 3:40pm

Plenary Venue

You are a digital athlete and it’s the pace, not the miles, that’s killing you

Dr. Mary E. Donohue, CEO and Digital Wellness Specialist at The Digital Wellness Center

“Dr. Mary Donohue is passionate about her work because she almost died three times because of it. This led her to start The Digital Wellness Center (DWC), a revolutionary platform that uses the science of content to help the mind stretch, train, and recover.

Dr. Mary Donohue is the CEO of The Digital Wellness Center and a Columbia Business School Lang Center Innovation Fellow. She is also a member of the American Phycological Association.

A social scientist with a focus on digital psychology, Dr. Mary has reframed wellness as a communication issue. Her research has led to innovative solutions for governments and global companies including Microsoft, Walmart, American Airlines, the Canadian Armed Forces, TD Bank, Bank of Montreal, Ontario Lottery and Gaming, the Auditor General of Ontario, Kaiser Permanente and many more.

Her dedication to helping others heal through innovation is rivaled only by her sincere passion for living and celebrating life. To a large degree, this sincerity is based in her own fight to overcome chronic leukemia. Recognized by premiers, prime ministers, Queen Elizabeth II, and her peers, Dr. Mary has been honored as one of the 18 Outstanding Women in Tech and named one of the 100 Most Influential Woman in America by Diversity MBA.

Her work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, as research for stories on major networks, in her columns for the Huffington Post and Financial Post, and she has appeared on-air for all the major news networks.

Her best-selling new book, Message Received 7 Steps to Break Down Communication Barriers at Work was published by McGraw Hill (2021).

She is also planning a book tour in the US in October 2021.

Dr. Mary is a yogi, runner, mom, and overall nerd, but for a brief shining moment, she will never forget, she was a Supreme with Miss Diana Ross.

Session Description & Learning Objectives

Training for the Digital Athlete.

Digital wellness is not just all about “unplugging” but more about how to better spend your time on devices to maximize your virtual employee potential and personal well-being.

Learn how to use scientific tools and methods to rest and recover from your digital workday while training to extend endurance and lessen impact.

Running a daily digital marathon is exhausting (and traumatizing) your brain. Use microbreaks as a proactive mental health tool.

Description:

Every day we are bombarded with digital communication, through emails, text, and video calls. Our brains are overtaxed by this communication; they’re reacting as if they’re injured, affecting our ability to process information effectively. Millions of us are suffering from the ensuing mental and physical trauma – and ultimately burnout.

Dr. Mary Donohue is CEO of the Digital Wellness Center and the world’s foremost authority on microbreaks and preventive mental health. Join Dr. Donohue in this session and learn how to:

Make quick, simple lifestyle changes that reverse the damage caused by digital and social media.
Identify your (unconscious and conscious!) digital habits that are exhausting you mentally and physically.
Appreciate and leverage microbreaks as a proactive mental health and wellness lifestyle tool.

Please also let us know how you would like your chairs to be set up for these activities. Then we will confirm the time that you will be in the programme, once we have received all the session descriptions.
Since we are virtual, I don’t believe this applies to us.

Attendees will learn how to establish a consistent foundation of wellness
Attendees will gain knowledge how to develop a healthy relationship with their digital life
Attendees will learn how to create a win/win scenario where they can build upon and improve qualitative output in their professional life in a steady, sustainable way.

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3:40pm - 4:30pm

Plenary Venue

Proactively Managing High Burnout Levels Amongst Professionals in High-Risk Professional Settings

Dr. Fundile Nyati, Chairman & CEO at Proactive Health Solutions

Executive Chairman and CEO of Proactive Health Solutions (Pty) Ltd, a leading 22-year-old Employee Health and Wellness company.
Qualified Specialist Family Physician who obtained his undergraduate MBChB and post graduate M.Fam.Med degrees from University of Kwazulu-Natal.
Experienced speaker and presenter in numerous conferences, seminars, webinars, and workshops.
Established Thought Leader and Opinion Maker on health matters, be it clinical or health system related.
Founder and host of Dr Fundi channel, a leading and go-to digital health channel for health conversations in SA.

Session Description & Learning Objectives

It’s time we deepen our knowledge, skills and practice on Burnout, a highly prevalent workplace clinical problem, which if effectively managed, can save employees and employers a lot in terms of productivity and skills loss.

Clearly define burnout as a workplace clinical condition and have a clear understanding of its 3 key defining features
Have insights on the ‘tried and tested’ burnout screening tool/s.
Effective management options to avert progression into full blown mental illnesses/disorders

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4:30pm - 5:30pm

Plenary Venue

Panel on Gender in the Workplace

Malcolm Marcel Govender (TBC)
Session Description & Learning Objectives

It’s time we deepen our knowledge, skills and practice on Burnout, a highly prevalent workplace clinical problem, which if effectively managed, can save employees and employers a lot in terms of productivity and skills loss.

Clearly define burnout as a workplace clinical condition and have a clear understanding of its 3 key defining features
Have insights on the ‘tried and tested’ burnout screening tool/s.
Effective management options to avert progression into full blown mental illnesses/disorders

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5:30pm

Plenary Venue Foyer

Registration & Info Desk Closes

Delegates are free for the remainder of the evening.

Thursday 8 September: Plenary Sessions

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7:30am – 5:30pm

Plenary Venue Foyer

Registration & Info Desk Opens

The registration desk will remain an information desk for the duration of the event: Tuesday to Thursday, 08h00 – 17h00 

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7:30am – 9:00am

Exhibition Hall

Welcome Tea & Networking

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

Time Slot 9:00am – 10:15am

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9:00am - 9:10am

Plenary Venue

Sponsor: Introductions and Welcome

Ronald Abvajee, CEO, Healthy Living Consulting & MyHealth 360

Entrepreneur Ronald Abvajee is an advocate and inspiration for inspiring wellbeing in all realms. As The CEO of Healthy Living Consulting (HLC) – the force behind the MyHealth360 brand and leading MyWell360 mobile App – as well as a media personality, inspirational speaker, and health and engagement expert.

Over and above being a physiologist, he is also a 5th-degree black belt in karate. He was awarded the Future of HR CEO of the Year Award in 2020 as well as the 2019 Corporate Wellness Champion category and Strategy of the Year in the 2020 awards.

Ronald has also been the recipient of the 2011 Top Black Male Entrepreneur Award at the Oliver Empowerment Awards and a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year category at the National Business Awards.

Sponsor: Healthy Living Consulting

MyHealth360 is a space created for you to understand, shape and nurture your wellbeing journey through your lifetime through:

Essential, expert content that ensures vital knowledge
Assessments that help you shape your steps to wellbeing
Courses that help you through your wellbeing challenges
Live events with leading experts
Fitness classes
Access to online professionals through chats and online appointments

GO FOR IT!

www.myhealth360.co.za

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9:10am - 9:15am

Plenary Venue

Sponsor

ICAS

ICAS is committed to transformation and the upliftment of historically disadvantaged persons in South Africa, and supports the BBBEE Codes and the spirit and intention of the legislation through its business operations.

Our commitment to growth and passion for transformation is evident in our level 1 B-BBEE rating.

ICAS’s investment in community growth is structured into our very core being. We are constantly striving beyond our usual obligations to create a positive difference within our beloved South African community.

ICAS has a strong focus on skills transfer, and the development of people, and has various initiatives in place in support of enterprise and supplier development as well as skills development through the ongoing training and mentoring of staff members, learnership programmes and internships.

ICAS furthermore promotes an inclusive, equitable and diversity-friendly workplace. ICAS has formed an Employee Share Trust for the benefit of previously disadvantaged staff members at various levels of the business. The beneficiaries of this trust receive value as value is created within the ICAS business. The trust aims to implement ICAS’s strategy of creating a culture of ownership and inclusion, contributing towards transformation as well as increasing competitiveness and business sustainability.

www.icas.co.za

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9:15am - 10:15am

Plenary Venue

Long COVID: The tsunami after the waves

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nikki Connellan, Chief Medical Officer at ICAS

I am the Chief Medical Officer for ICAS. The burden of long Covid is becoming increasingly apparent globally and is having widespread and long-term implications for the globally infected population, its health systems and workplaces. As parts of the world start to move on from the Covid pandemic, data from the second half of 2021 suggests that more than 100 million people have or had the condition. I like to think of Long COVID as the tsunami after the waves. Our Absence, Incapacity and Disability team at ICAS is seeing the swell of this tsunami. We are receiving numerous referrals of employees who are unable to perform the inherent requirements of their jobs following even mild or asymptomatic COVID infections.
These are often previously high-functioning individuals who are saddeningly frustrated with their situations. Their line managers and supervisors are often at a complete loss as to how to assist these employees or how to accommodate them in the workplace.

Session Description & Learning Objectives

Long COVID especially with symptoms of brain fog, fatigue, shortness of breath and post exertional malaise lasting for 6 months or more is set to become the biggest health challenge facing the healthcare system and business beyond this pandemic.

The likely long-term impact of Long COVID on productivity and employee retention will require employers to be flexible and adaptable to accommodate employees on the long road to recovery.

What is Long COVID and what are the challenges it poses Signs and Symptoms of Long COVID What causes Long COVID Prevalence of risk factors for developing Long COVID Management of Long COVID Implications of Long COVID in the workplace

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10:15am - 10:45am

Exhibition Hall

Tea Break & Exhibition

Visit our exhibition stands and explore the resources available in the industry.

Time Slot 10:45am – 1:25pm

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10:45am - 11:35am

Plenary Venue

The Challenges and Opportunities of Digital Wellbeing Platforms: Do they have Positive Outcomes and ROI?

Louis A. Servizio, President at Disease Management Strategy Group Inc.

Louis Servizio has 30 years’ experience in the field of healthcare informatics, consulting, and financial advisory services. Mr. Servizio developed Wellcast ROI™, a decision support system that forecasts the ROIs of preventive care programs. He holds a MS/MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is a Certified Financial Advisor.

Session Description & Learning Objectives

Are Digital Behavioural Platforms (DBPs) a threat or an opportunity for the EAP Industry? What types of DBPs are offered on the market and what results do these platforms really deliver in terms of Outcomes and ROI to clients as compared to an EAP? How do you adjust a DPB to measure outcomes? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the various types of DBPs and how does an EAP compete against their lower prices? Why should an EAP introduce a DBP? This presentation will include a complete update on DBP´s on the market and the variety of issues surrounding them.

1. Explain the various types of DBPs on the market and their strengths and weaknesses, and how an EAP can compete against them.
2. Explain why it is difficult to determine the Outcomes of DBP´s and what steps are necessary for DBPs to measure Outcomes.
3. Compare the ROI delivered by a typical EAP as compared to the ROIs of DBPs.

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11:35am - 12:25pm

Plenary Venue

From Survival State To a Thriving State

Reinhard Korb, Founder and Meta-Coach at Keep Thriving

Reinhard is a Meta Coach and integrates the best of neuroscience, psychology, epigenetics, and lifestyle changes for optimal health, performance, engagement and longevity.

As the founder of Keep Thriving he has equipped and helped organisations and individuals actualize their potential, increase resilience, and achieve optimal health, performance and well-being.

Session Description & Learning Objectives

While we are all experiencing severe challenges, adversity and a changing landscape, it is how we respond to these circumstances that will determine if our organisations will still be relevant and thriving in the future. While it is important to provide support to our people through external resources, it is of higher importance to equip and empower them with the necessary internal resources to thrive. Meaning and purpose drives motivation, performance and wellness. Discover this antidote to burnout and disengagement and unlock individual and organisational health and performance.

Understand the neurochemistry of meaning, motivation and performance

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12:25pm - 1:25pm

Plenary Venue

Annual General Meeting

Time Slot 1:25pm – 2:15pm

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1:25pm – 2:15pm

Exhibition Hall

Lunch Break & Exhibition

During your lunch break take a moment to find out what your industry has to offer by visiting our exhibition stands.

Time Slot 2:15pm – 5:15pm

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2:15pm - 2:25pm

Plenary Venue

Sponsor: Energiser slot by My Health 360

Ronald Abvajee, CEO, Healthy Living Consulting & MyHealth 360

Entrepreneur Ronald Abvajee is an advocate and inspiration for inspiring wellbeing in all realms. As The CEO of Healthy Living Consulting (HLC) – the force behind the MyHealth360 brand and leading MyWell360 mobile App – as well as a media personality, inspirational speaker, and health and engagement expert.

Over and above being a physiologist, he is also a 5th-degree black belt in karate. He was awarded the Future of HR CEO of the Year Award in 2020 as well as the 2019 Corporate Wellness Champion category and Strategy of the Year in the 2020 awards.

Ronald has also been the recipient of the 2011 Top Black Male Entrepreneur Award at the Oliver Empowerment Awards and a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year category at the National Business Awards.

Sponsor: Healthy Living Consulting

MyHealth360 is a space created for you to understand, shape and nurture your wellbeing journey through your lifetime through:

Essential, expert content that ensures vital knowledge
Assessments that help you shape your steps to wellbeing
Courses that help you through your wellbeing challenges
Live events with leading experts
Fitness classes
Access to online professionals through chats and online appointments

GO FOR IT!

www.myhealth360.co.za

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2:25pm - 3:15pm

Plenary Venue

Panel Discussion on Trauma (TBC)

Paula & John Smith: Trauma
Sponsor: Healthy Living Consulting

MyHealth360 is a space created for you to understand, shape and nurture your wellbeing journey through your lifetime through:

Essential, expert content that ensures vital knowledge
Assessments that help you shape your steps to wellbeing
Courses that help you through your wellbeing challenges
Live events with leading experts
Fitness classes
Access to online professionals through chats and online appointments

GO FOR IT!

www.myhealth360.co.za

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3:15pm - 4:15pm

Plenary Venue

Panel Discussion on Ethics (TBC)

DPSA, SACSSP, SAASWIPP and Dr. Fundile Nyati, Nevania Naidoo, Navlika Ratangee
Sponsor: Healthy Living Consulting

MyHealth360 is a space created for you to understand, shape and nurture your wellbeing journey through your lifetime through:

Essential, expert content that ensures vital knowledge
Assessments that help you shape your steps to wellbeing
Courses that help you through your wellbeing challenges
Live events with leading experts
Fitness classes
Access to online professionals through chats and online appointments

GO FOR IT!

www.myhealth360.co.za

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4:15pm - 4:45pm

Plenary Venue

Exhibitors Presentations and Lucky Draws

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4:45pm - 5:15pm

Plenary Venue

Concluding Remarks

Mrs. Thiloshni Govender, EAPA-SA President

Time Slot 5:15pm – 7:30pm

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5:15pm - 7:30pm

Emperors Palace

Delegates are free to relax and freshen up for dinner

Delegates are free to visit the Exhibition stands and take this time to relax and freshen up for dinner.

Time Slot 7:30pm – 12:00am

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7:30pm - 12:00am

Emperors Palace

Presidential Awards Dinner

Dress Code: Fancy Dress TBC