Free Webinar This Week: Mental Health And Thriving During Covid-19


The past year has brought into sharp focus that health – both physical and mental – is essential to prosperity. Printing SA felt it necessary to highlight this by partnering with Agility and Health Squared to bring you a session filled with insights as to how you can harness these underplayed areas of your and your employees’ well-being.

What many business owners, especially in the SMME sector, have quickly come to appreciate is that their greatest asset is their health, as well as that of their employees. In this enlightening webinar session, Steve Thobela, former Printing SA CEO and Chairman of Spectramed prior to the merger with Resolution Health to form Health Squared, will share his experience with the scheme and illustrate some of the major benefits that have been tailor-made to suit the printing industry.

In addition, Bianca Viljoen, Spokesperson for Health Squared Medical Scheme, will be sharing invaluable insights on the importance of providing quality employee benefits. She will also share some of the real stories that have led to various organisations realising that the overall wellbeing of their employees is paramount.

Elri van Zyl, Printing SA Regional Manager for the Central Chamber, has a wealth of experience in the Human Resources arena and she will be highlighting how during the pandemic Printing SA was able to assist members with disciplinary hearings in relation to health-related issues.

Key take-outs from 2020:
– We need to prepare for the unexpected in order to prevail.
– How we treat our people today, will determine our success in the future.
– An attitude of resilience, agility and positivity will ensure we all continue to flourish.

Webinar details:

Date: Thursday, 12 November 2020.
Time: 11am-12pm SAST.

Register here for the webinar.

Host: Meggan McCarthy, Editor of Africa Print.

Panellist overview:

Bianca Viljoen, Spokesperson for Health Squared Medical Scheme

A graduate from the University of the Free State (Integrated Marketing Communication) and Milpark Business School (Master of Business Administration), Viljoen has immersed herself in the healthcare industry in a career spanning more than a decade, concentrating on industry analyses, healthcare and medical insurance distribution aspects. Viljoen focuses her executive responsibilities at Agility on product and benefit design, distribution team management and strategic planning.

Elri van Zyl, Printing SA Regional Manager, Central Chamber

With 14 years’ experience in human resources and labour relations in various industries, van Zyl has worked in the agriculture and non-profit space as Human Resource Manager before joining the federation in 2018. She graduated from the University of the Free State with a B Soc (Hons) Industrial Psychology in 2006 and has a keen interest in everything labour with a strong passion for people. Currently, van Zyl is studying towards a Life Coaching qualification.

Steve Thobela, Novus Print Executive: South

Thobela has a vast knowledge of the print industry, having started his career in 1989 as an apprentice typographer, and earning an award for being one of the best apprentices in the country at that time. Thobela further honed his skills when he worked in the print production departments of the Pretoria News, Perskor, the Sowetan and The Newspaper Printing Company before becoming Operations Manager of Independent Newspapers in the Western Cape. Thobela has also served as CEO of industry body Printing SA, affording him a macro view of the print industry and its challenges and opportunities.

In his current role at Novus, Thobela heads up the group’s flagship printing facility in Cape Town and oversees the Southern entities for the print division, while playing a key strategic role in driving the print division. In addition to his continued contribution to the print industry, Thobela also gives of his time to serve others including: serving on the board of Health Squared, serving at the University of South Africa as the Director of Print Production from January 2009 to May 2013, and serving for four and half years as the Founding General Manager of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation – one of three of Nelson Mandela’s official charity organisations, based in Cape Town.

Health Squared is hosting a free Wellness Day on 25 November from 12:00 – 14:00 at the Health Squared/Agility office in Woodmead, Gauteng. Marcia Le Roux, Head Sales Executive at Agility Channel, will give an introduction to Agility, followed by three experts, who will be doing a panel discussion. The theme will be: How to find the balance during Covid-19. There will be an introductory talk on vulnerability during Covid-19, who is at risk and way and how to reduce the modifiable risks now and in future. Attendees can then have a glucose test with a qualified nurse.


Martie Conradie: Clinical Consultant Medical Advisory

Martie Conradie is a wife to a wonderful husband, mom to three children, and a medical doctor with diplomas in Child Health and HIV Management. She completed a diploma in Occupational Medicine and Health this year and has a passion to enable people to make choices that improve their health.

Dr Jacques Rene Snyman: Medical Director: Agility Risk Solutions and Product Development Director: Agility Holdings

Dr Snyman is a renowned expert in various fields of Clinical Pharmacology and has significantly contributed to the advancement of Clinical Pharmacology in South Africa. With qualifications including a Bachelors of Medicine, a Masters Degree in Pharmacological Medicine and a Medical Degree, all obtained from the University of Pretoria, Jacques went on to practice as a Medical Officer. His career then advanced to lecturer and Professor, culminating in his position as Head of the Pharmacology Department at the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Health Sciences. Having lectured extensively, both locally and abroad, on various topics, Dr Snyman is widely published in various scientific and mass media journals and publications. He also holds chairmanship and various other positions on a number of national bodies, including his position as Chairman of the South African Medical Association Research Ethics Committee and ongoing member of the Allergy Society of South Africa. Jacques is the key driving force behind the development of the Patient Driven Care™ (PDC™) programme which was established by Agility as cornerstone of its risk management philosophy and has consistently achieved phenomenal results since inception.

Juan Royffe – Traumatologist

Royffe has a BSc degree and Advanced Diploma in Traumatology. He has been working and practising in Human Sciences for 16 years. He currently conducts Psycho education and EAP counselling for a Psychiatric clinic and also provides private trauma facilitation.

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