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08 Dec 2016

End of Year Wrap Up for Members


Dear Members,


Some of you are already taking a well-deserved break, but before everyone disperses for the festive season, please allow me a last opportunity in 2016 to share some housekeeping arrangements as well as highlights from the past few months.


SIOPSA office

The SIOPSA office will be closed from 9 December 2016 to 9 January 2017. We have opted for a long ‘break’, both for cost-saving reasons as well as to allow new office staff to settle in – more about this under the highlights section. Please feel free to contact me directly for any urgent matters during this time.


Highlights to end off the year

I gladly share the fruit from our endeavours during the past few months. My heartfelt gratitude to every person who has helped in reaching these milestones. I share these results in the context of our strategic objectives (goals) as they are the cardinal points in realising SIOPSA Strategy 2020. 


  1. 1.       Goal 1: To establish the benefits of IOP as a profession and SIOPSA as the leading

professional society on ‘people matters’ in the workplace


a)      Key to this goal is the creation of sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships. To this end, we have progressed in deliberations with the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) and Ethics SA, and are expecting to sign two memoranda of understanding in 2017. Benefits to SIOPSA members will be communicated in due course.


b)      Our engagement with the heads of departments (HOD) at tertiary education institutions include the second HOD Forum that took place at the end of November. Collaborative projects identified during this meeting focus on increasing access to our profession.

  1. 2.       Goal 2: To create a professional society with which all current and future IO psychologists in our country want to be associated


a)      We recorded our highest membership numbers ever and are especially pleased with the increase in student members making use of the SIOPSA joint venture with the Professional Provident Society. The graphic below illustrates membership growth figures between August 2016 and November 2016.


b)      Membership services are continuously being sharpened. A workshop was held in December and the results will follow in January 2017.


c)      In terms of the SIOPSA Academy, we have had a successful event in collaboration with the SABPP on Strategic Workforce Planning, and have already lined up several events for 2017. The membership survey will further assist us with determining curriculum needs. Please remember to complete the survey on the SIOPSA website!


d)      The three new interest groups established earlier in the year (Medico Legal, Positive Psychology, and Neuro Psychology) are steadily finding their feet. The Medico Legal group has held events in the Eastern Cape and Gauteng, with more planned; and the Positive Psychology group has started work on an international conference to be held during 2017.


e)      We have successfully implemented the Coaching Directory through the Coaching Psychology Interest Group. Contact for more information.



f)       We’ve serviced a number of clients who have made use of SIOPSA’s CPD accreditor status. This service is also available to all our members.


g)      Conference 2017 planning is in full swing:

  • From 25 to 27 July 2017, our members and guests will gather to discuss ‘Relevant IOP, collaborative solutions and celebrating diversity’.
  • The Call for Abstracts is open – please do not miss out!
  • The opportunities to be a sponsor or exhibitor are running out and a list of these will be announced in January 2017.
  • We have a lot to look forward to in terms of key note speakers. Watch this space in January to read more on this topic.


h)      The SIOPSA Influencer Stakeholder matrix is complete. The matrix gives an overview of those target audiences that either influence SIOPSA’s work or those whom SIOPSA needs to influence to reach its goals. Knowing who SIOPSA’s key influencers are and establishing or enhancing mutually beneficial relationships with them, are critical for attaining our vision and mission. The Influencer Matrix is the first step in compiling SIOPSA’s integrated communication strategy. This strategy outlines who SIOPSA will target, what our key messages are for each stakeholder and what the best channel is for reaching that stakeholder.


i)        The SIOPSA website remains an important communication channel. After several discussions, a project to develop a new web site, which better responds to all our members’ needs, will be commissioned in January 2017.


  1. 3.       Goal 3: To establish SIOPSA as a self-regulatory body for IO psychologists in South Africa


a)      We have had various meetings with the chair of the Psychometric Committee, Prof. David Maree, and PsySSA as well as the Association of Test Publishers (ATP). The meetings centred on the changed Employment Equity Act, with reference to Section 8 and the implication there-off on test users. Meetings will continue in 2017 and an update about the recent court case regarding test classification will be shared as soon as possible.


b)      SIOPSA was approached by the Board of the HPCSA to nominate a representative to serve on its Ethics Task Team. Prof. Deon Meiring (ExCo Professional Practice) will be taking on this role. We will give you feedback after the first meeting on 17 January 2017.  


  1. 4.       Goal 4: To run SIOPSA in accordance with business principles, with services to its members and other stakeholders


a)       As part of reviewing the efficiency of the SIOPSA office to be better aligned with reaching our goals for SIOPSA 2020, while making the best use of limited funds, serious consideration was given to SIOPSA’s four permanent posts. In clarifying the expertise and responsibilities necessary to deliver on the new strategy, two distinct roles emerged while one role fell away.


A new Head of Marketing, Communications and Events will focus on creating and implementing an integrated communication plan to complement Strategy 2020. This position will take care of all SIOPSA events – from those hosted by the regional offices to the interest groups, the SIOPSA Academy and our annual conference.


A new Customer Support and Administrator role greatly expands and realigns the administrative and customer support functions. Therefore, the role of Office Administrator becomes superfluous. Our current incumbent, Rosalie Williams, was offered the opportunity to apply for the Customer Support and Administrator position. She opted to rather spread her wings and we will say good bye to Rosalie on 31 January 2017.


b)      A second endeavour to cut costs without compromising on the professionalism of the office, involves moving the SIOPSA offices to a new location. You will remember that the office moved to temporary lodgings in September. We will start the new year in our permanent offices at Regus Southdowns.


c)       Lastly, we are finalising the financial results for 2015/2016 and will share these during January 2017.


2016 was a full year with many new programmes implemented. I am encouraged at the level of participation from our members and their constructive inputs. I especially want to thank my colleagues serving on the Management and Executive committees of SIOPSA. Your commitment to reaching SIOPSA 2020 with its aim of benefiting the South African IOP sector is commendable.


I wish you a restful festive season, safe travels and a truly inspiring 2017.


Warm regards,


Nadene Venter




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