Race, Science and the Future of Psychology

Race, Science and the Future of Psychology

In this Roundtable Discussion, hosted at the 2019 Congress of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) and moderated by Professor Peace Kiguwa, panellists engage on the issues of knowledge production, race and the future of psychology.

The first speaker, Professor Floretta Boonzaier, is from the Psychology Department at the University of Cape Town, Co-Director of the Hub for Decolonial Feminist Psychologies in Africa, and Co-Chair of the Global Africa Group of the Worldwide Universities Network.

The second speaker, Ms Lynn Hendricks, is a recipient of the Global Minds Scholarship and a PhD candidate at KU Leuven University. Ms Hendricks is also the Chair of the PsySSA Division for Research and Methodology.

The third speaker, Lou-Marie Kruger, is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Stellenbosch.

Kopano Ratele, PsySSA’s President in 2009-2010 is the final speaker. Kopano Ratele is a Professor in the Institute for Social and Health Sciences (ISHS) at the University of South Africa (Unisa) and Director of the South African Medical Research Council-Unisa Masculinity and Health Research Unit (MaHRU).

Video credits: Prof Kopano Ratele & African Psychologies.
Race, Science and the Future of Psychology

Looking back, looking forward with 5 Past Presidents of the Psychological Society of South Africa

In this conversation (held during the 25th Annual South African Psychology Congress) Past Presidents of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), Prof Anthony Pillay, Prof Kopano Ratele, Dr Ann Watts, Prof Saths Cooper and Prof Sumaya Laher, share thoughts and perspectives on key PsySSA developments and challenges for the last 25 years and priority imperatives For PysSSA for the next 25 years. The conversation was moderated by 2019-2021 PsySSA President Prof Garth Stevens and 2021 President-Elect Prof Shahnaaz Suffla.
Video credits: Prof Kopano Ratele & African Psychologies. 

PsySSA 25th Anniversary Congress: Plenary Programme Release, 04 September 2019

PsySSA is pleased to announce that Dr Nobuhle Judy Dlamini will deliver the Keynote Address at the 4th Annual Siphiwe Ngcobo Memorial Lecture that marks the start of the 25th Annual Psychology Congress at Emperors Palace.

The Siphiwe Ngcobo Memorial Lecture is held at the start of our national congress in honour of our Past President Professor Siphiwe Ngcobo who was killed during March 2014. In a tragic irony Professor Ngcobo had, just weeks earlier, sent a letter of concern to President Jacob Zuma offering PsySSA’s assistance regarding the level of violence in our country.  

Let us now introduce Dr Dlamini

A qualified medical doctor, accomplished businesswoman, entrepreneur, author and philanthropist, Dr Nobuhle Judy Dlamini, embodies Professor Ngcobo’s legacy through her major contributions to humanity in an array of sectors.  Named Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government according to Global CEOs, Dr Dlamini has achieved several accolades in her lifetime.

After practising as a medical family practitioner for many years, she specialised in Occupational Health and consulted for different companies. Her MBA qualification from Wits University enabled her to change careers. She worked for HSBC Investment Bank, at the Johannesburg office in the Corporate Finance division. She holds an MBChB from the University of Natal, a Doctorate in Business Leadership from UNISA, an MBA from Wits University and an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate from Stanford University.

A thriving leader in business, Dr Dlamini is both the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Mbekani Group. She served as the former Chairperson of Aspen Pharmacare Limited and has served on the boards of Anglo American, Discovery Holdings and Woolworths. Dr Dlamini has also served as the past Chairman of the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood, and Allied Workers Union Development Trust, a public benefit organisation. Together with her husband, she co-founded the Mkhiwa trust, a family public benefit organisation that focuses on rural development and education. She is also the author of Equal but Different: Women Leaders’ Life Stories. 

A woman that epitomises African excellence, Dr Dlamini was the recipient of the SADC South Award for the Business and Professional Services sector at the regional and national level. She has also been awarded the African Economy Builder Lifetime Achiever Award (2016); the Fabulous Woman Award (2016) and in 2018, she was the recipient of UNISA’s Leadership in Practice Award.

Dr Dlamini is currently serving as the Chancellor of the University of Witwatersrand. 

PsySSA is privileged and humbled to have Dr Dlamini deliver the Keynote Address, “Social justice and psychology: Conjunction in a time of peril“, at our celebratory 25th Anniversary Psychology Congress.