Member News

Step Up for Mental Health

On October 7th, the Students Society of Psychology at the University at Kwa-Zulu Natal volunteered at the 3rd Annual Mental Health Walk. This event is held in the lead-up to Mental Health Day, and there were more than 600 participants. PsySSA SD Executive Committee Additional Member, Rivendri Govender was present at the event.

The walk is hosted by Mental Health Advocacy Group together with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) in Kwa-Zulu Natal. It is organized by Dr Lynn Norton, Dr Suvira Ramlall and Mr Suntosh Pillay. The annual walk aims to promote mental health and diminish the stigma.

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University of Witswaterand – Mental Health Talk.

In preparation for World Mental Health Day, on the 9th of October, Psyssa Student Division Vice-chairperson, Muhammed Yaeesh Cassim, and Executive Committee Additional Member, Andrea Jacobs, facilitated a talk on Mental Health & The Law, at the law faculty of the University of Witswaterand, in preparation of Mental Health day. The talk was delivered to Law & Commence students.

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Divisional Awards

The Student Division believes in recognizing the effort and dedication of all our leadership structures and members, it was on this note that the Executive Committee decided to award four Divisional Awards voted on by the Executives, and one Divisional Award voted on by all members.

The awards were presented at the Annual General Meeting with the recipients commanded for their efforts:

  • Most Active Subcommittee Member:
    • Ms Bridget Greenslade & Ms Maham Hasan
  • Outstanding Subcommittee:
    • Community Development – Chaired by Ms Tamaryn Wilde
  • Outstanding Student Society:
    • PsySSA@SACAP – Chaired by Ms Nayana George
  • Outstanding Executive Portfolio:
    • Social Media & Marketing – Ms Genevieve Burrow

PsySSA Student of the Year

The Mamela Psychology Conference saw the introduction of the prestigious “PsySSA Student of the Year” award. This award can be given to any member part of the Executive Committee, subcommittees or chairpersons of the university societies that are affiliated with the SD. The individual represents the epitome of a psychology student, and a “PsySSA” Student. Student Division members had to nominate and vote for their choice, results were moderated and announced by Dr Ewald Crause (PsySSA Executive and representative to the Student Division) and presented by Ms Fatima Seedat, Executive Director of PsySSA.

We are proud to announce that Muhammed Yaeesh Cassim, Vice-chair and Student Division champion, was the proud recipient of this award. A special prize accompanied the award for 2018: Full membership fees paid for 2019 as well as free conference registration to the 25th Annual PsySSA Congress, due to take place September 2019. We would like to express our immense gratitude to Dr Crause and Ms Seedat for making all this possible and sharing the moment with us at our annual AGM.

We noted quite a few votes were cast by non-members and we urge these nominees to rope them into the SD team in 2019. A final big thank you goes out to all our members who participated in this endeavor and we hope to see you as nominees next year.

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Implementation of a Divisional Theme

Ahead of 2019, the Executive Committee has decided to implement a theme that will be the central idea around all the projects that the division undertakes next year, so that the division can be more relevant to members.

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Attention Members!

That’s right. You over there! We are calling on you!

As we are reaching the last year of this tenure, we invite all our members to become actively involved with us in any of structures and join our leadership team. We have various portfolios open and invite members to bring us any other portfolio ideas.

To get involved, email us at or


6th Southern African Students’ Psychology Conference

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Teddy Bear Drive

The Student Division has partnered with Girls on the Move to provide teddy bears and soft toys to children who are victims of violent crime and sexual abuse. As these children find themselves in a traumatic situation further worsened by poverty, the aim is to provide an object of comfort and a tool for play therapy.

Members of PsySSA and the community can help by donating a new or previously loved teddy bear. There are drop-off points and collection options in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. Girls on the Move have agreed to help us courier between the major cities and in and around Gauteng. The Student Division will ensure that these donations make their way to children in need.

Our first cause is the Kagoshima Women Development Center in Soweto. They need 120 teddies for children who would be thrilled to have what they consider a luxury – a soft, fluffy toy. Once we have fulfilled their wish list we will move onto the next charity on our list of children’s homes that need help.

To donate and participate please contact our student secretary Jané at

Donate a teddy and add hope to little lives.

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Divisional news

At the 24th annual congress of PsySSA, the Student Division hosted its Annual General Meeting. This allowed the Student Division to fill vacant Executive Committee positions. Ms Queeneth Dudu Nkosi, previously an Additional Member of the Executive Committee, was nominated and voted in as the Treasurer of the Student Division. Congratulations Ms Nkosi, we look forward to seeing what you do as Treasurer.

With Ms Nkosi, accepting the above-mentioned position, she vacated the position of Additional Member. Ms Rivendri Govender was then nominated and voted in as the final Additional Member of the Executive Committee of the division.

Congratulations Ms Govender, we look forward to working with you.

Executive introduction

Rivendri Govender

Rivendri students 7Govender is currently studying towards her honour’s degree, majoring in general psychology, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is also a member of the Students Society of Psychology at UKZN. Over the course of her studies she has also had the opportunity to work with people who are mentally impaired. This experience has shown her how people with mental disabilities are looked down upon, yet they are so full of love.

Working with people who are mentally impaired has fueled her passion to work towards advocating for the well-being of people with mental disabilities, especially children.  She believes that psychology in South Africa can be used to transform the mindsets of the youth of our country. She is passionate about working with the community and therefore hopes that one day she can also be a part of moving psychology from the couch to the communities.

To get involved with Rivendri in KZN please feel free to contact her at

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