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Society for Industrial & Organisational Psychology of SA



Our Mission

The Society's mission is to help develop a fair and humane work environment, enabling people to reach their full potential and experience a high quality of work life in South Africa. To this end, the Society strives to create conditions in which Industrial and Organisational Psychologists will be able to deliver efficient and effective services to the benefit of all in South Africa.

Our Objectives


Full Constitution

Legal Status

The Society is one not for gain, acting in its own right in legal proceedings, with the power to acquire, use and dispose of property, to acquire and control funds, to make payments in the form of salaries, honoraria, awards and donations, and to perform all such acts as are consistent with its objectives and are derived from the promotion thereof. The Society exists in all respects as a legal persona in its own right.


The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is highest authority of the Society and promotes the interests of Industrial and Organisational Psychology as a science and profession in accordance with the objectives of the Society. It has the right to conduct all business whatsoever of the Society, subject to the direction of members at properly constituted General Meetings.

The Executive Committee shall meet not less than four times in any year.

The SIOPSA Executive Committee for 2015/2016:


Manoko Ratala President
Llewellyn van Zyl Past President
Shirleen Titus President Elect
William van Aarde Treasurer
Alison Felix Secretary
Kim Dowdeswell Transformation


Candice Booysen Membership Services
Zunica Ermel Membership Growth
Neo Mamathuba Marketing and Communications
Deon Meiring Professional Practice
André Westraat External Affairs
Carin Bergh SIOPSA Foundation
Lourens van Schalkwyk SIOPSA Academy
Pumla Hako SIOPSA Academy
Anne Bucket Conference


Regional Chairs

Sharon Munyaka Branch Chair: Eastern Cape
Marissa de Klerk Branch Chair: North West
Francois de Wet Branch Chair: Pretoria
Talitha Muller(née Oosthuizen) Branch Chair: Johannesburg
Adrian Parsadh Branch Chair: Cape Town
Holly Glaeser Branch Chair: Durban
Ederick Stander Branch Chair: Gauteng Vaal


Nadene Venter Chief Operations Officer (COO)
Juliette Powell Office Manager
Rosalie Williams Office Administrator
Rentia De Bruyn Financial Controller


Frans Cilliers Chair: Interest Group in the Systems Psychodynamics of Organisations (IGSPO)
TBD Chair: International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP)
David Bischof Chair: Interest Group People Assessment in Industry (PAI)
Anna-Rosa Le Roux Chair: Interest Group Coaching & Consulting Psychology (IGCCPSA)
TBD Chair: Interest Group for Psychometry Professionals (new)
Marieta du Plessis Chair: Interest group for Positive Organisational Psychology (IGPOP)
Dirk Geldenhuys Chair: Interest Group for Applied Neuroscience (IGANS)
Barbara Donaldson Chair: Psycho-Legal Interest Group

People Assessment in Industry (PAI) Interest Group

David Bischoff Chair: Interest Group Psychological Assessment (PAI)
Deon de Bruin University of Johannesburg
Kevin Distiller BIOSS and HPCSA Test Evaluator
Nompumelelo Malatji-Angoma The South African Reserve Bank
Bernadette King Rhodes University
Paul Vorster
Lylie Beukes Fitzbest

Systems Psychodynamics of Organisations Interest Group (IGSPO)

Frans Cilliers Chair: Interest Group in the Systems Psychodynamics of Organisations (IGSPO)
Louise Ley Administrator and Treasurer
Olga Coetzee
Jean Cooper
Mias De Klerk
Neville Goldin
Pieter Koortzen
Michelle May
Adrian Parsadh
Martin Steyn
Henk Struwig
Inette Taylor

Coaching & Consulting Psychology (IGCCPSA) Interest Group

Anna-Rosa Chair: Interest Group Coaching & Consulting Psychology (IGCCPSA)
Steven Breger [Past Chair] Past Chair: Interest Group Coaching & Consulting Psychology (IGCCPSA)
Aletta Odendaal
Stanley Arumugam
Gail Wrogemann
Stefan Botes
Johan (Ollie) Olwagen
Stephen Renecle

Eastern Cape PE Chapter

Sharon Munyaka Branch Chair
Pearl Prinsloo Student Affairs
Heather Knox Marketing and Communications
Elzette Pieterse Marketing and Communication
Susan McGoldrick Events
Michelle Nicholls Membership
Claire Sponneck Secretary

Marissa de Klerk, the Branch Chair

North West Potchefstroom Chapter

Marissa de Klerk Branch Chair
Lene Jorgensen Vice Branch Chair
Lizelle Brink Secretary
Laetitia Gustafson Marketing and Communication
Bouwer Jonker Community Service/Regional Foundation Lead
Melissa Jacobs Treasurer/Strategy
Leon de Beer Social Media

Gauteng Pretoria Chapter

Francois de Wet Branch Chair
Corné Booysen Secretary
Louise Coetzee/Moolman Regional Foundation Lead
Thuto Thabang  Malaka Treasurer
Ilana Bishoff Digital Marketing and Communications
Illana van Rooyen Digital Marketing and Communications

Talitha Muller, the Branch Chair

Gauteng Johannesburg Chapter

Talitha Muller Branch Chair
Thenjiwe Msomi Treasurer
Danél Odendaal Secretary/Emerging Psychologists
Lylie Beukes  
Lena-Marie Josling Marketing and Communications/Interest Groups

Ederick Stander, the Branch Chair

Gauteng Vaal Chapter

Ederick Stander Branch Chair
Aysha Ebrahim Treasurer
Abigail Lang Social Media
Lynelle Coxen Marketing and Communications
Leoni van der Vaart CPD
Winnie Sepeng Secretary

WC Cape Town Peninsula Chapter

Adrian Parsadh Branch Chair and IGSPO committee member
Sasha Govender Regional Foundation Lead (SIOPSA Student Member)
Annemarie Jordaan Treasurer/Marketing & Communications, (incl. Social Media)
TBD Membership Services /Emerging Psychologists
Nawal Adams Secretary/Admin support (student)

Holly Glaesar, the Branch Chair

KZN Durban

Holly Glaesar Branch Chair
Susan Ellison Treasure
Lutfiya Adam Marketing and Communications
Emma Caruth Secretary
Andrea Hansen Regional Foundation Lead
Elmari Erxleben Interest Groups
Nicole Pillay Students

Fellow and Honorary Members


Fellows are full members who have made an outstanding contribution to the science, practice or organisation of Industrial or Organisational Psychology.

Fellows of SIOPSA are:

Honorary Members

The Executive Committee may invite persons to become honorary life members of the Society. Such persons have distinguished themselves by meritorious achievement or service in the sphere of Industrial or Organisational Psychology as a science and / or profession.

Honorary members of SIOPSA are:


Regional Committees

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Annual Report


Annual General Meeting

The SIOPSA AGM will take place in July next year during the SIOPSA Annual Conference. More information will be provided closer to the time.

Past Minutes and Presentations


Vision 1


The essence of our scope of practice maintains that IO Psychologists apply the principles of psychology to issues related to the work situation thereby optimising individual, group and organisational well-being and effectiveness. As such, we are able to address the needs of business and people simultaneously and we therefore have an invaluable contribution to make in developing business and policy at the highest level. IO psychologists are thus established as thought leaders, offering expert comment and input on people issues in the workplace. The Society poses as a custodian of expertise, and an organisation that can direct the media, government or industry towards the right answers.

Key activities

Vision 2


SIOPSA strives to offer the industry, our communities and the country what it needs from a professional association. The Society must be relevant and add value to the careers of its members, to the extent that individuals feel the urge to join and not run the risk of “being left behind”. SIOPSA actively pursues strong and deep relationships with the community where its members work, as well as with academia, all to solidify the future of the profession.

Key activities

Vision 3


While SIOPSA is keenly aware of the statutory role of the HPCSA in educating the profession and protecting the public, IO Psychologists work in an environment which is unique within the broader psychology profession.  The beneficiaries of our profession are not patients, but working adults, teams and organizations. We use the science of psychology to understand and work with behaviour that makes individuals and organizations more effective.  Although part of psychology, much of what we do falls outside the ambit of clinical-medical model of ethics and practice, which applies to our colleagues in the broader-scoped psychology profession. There are a number of areas requiring specific attention. SIOPSA features as the custodian of what makes IO Psychology part of the broader psychology profession. Importantly, it positions itself as the custodian for those areas of ethics, science and practice which are unique to our profession. We should continue to inform, influence and possibly control the statutory environment that defines the legal framework for the profession.

Key activities

Vision 4


Rather than a purely volunteer-based model, SIOPSA needs an effectively structured office and staff complement to conduct its operations in line with a business model. This will afford credibility to the organisation as a mainstream role player. It will also allow for more time to be dedicated to the pursuit of our objectives and championing the IO Psychology field, through the efforts of individuals whose daily duties are dedicated to that purpose.

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Events Calendar
28 Aug 2017
SIOPSA Pretoria Regional Workshop: Snakes in Suits – Understanding Psychopaths in the Workplace
Workplace bullies come in different shapes and sizes; This session aims to close some gaps in understanding the psychopathic behaviour in the workplace and the destructive impact it has on individuals...


14 Sep 2017
SIOPSA Western Cape Regional Event:Organisational Change – International Trends & Case Study
SIOPSA Western Cape Regional Branch in collaborative partnership with the University of Stellenbosch (Department of Industrial Psychology) invites you to an opportunity to LEARN and NETWORK with fel...


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