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Management Structure

SASOP is managed by a board of directors who is supported by an executive advisory committee and national council. 

Board of Directors

President: Dr Anusha Lachman
President-Elect: Dr Anersha Pillay
Past-President: Dr Sebolelo Seape
Honorary Secretary: Dr Alicia Porter
Honorary Treasurer: Dr Thupana Seshoka
Public Sector Convenor: Dr Thuli Mdaka
Private Sector Convenor: Dr Melane van Zyl

Advisory Committee

The advisory committee consists of members and each manage a division of the board:

African Psychiatry - Dr Mvuyiso Talatala

Communication & Liason - Dr Anusha Lachman

Early Career & Registrars - Dr Tejil Morar

Education & Training - Prof Soraya Seedat, Prof Bonga Chiliza

Ethics, Peer Review & Disability - Dr Sebo Seape, Dr Indhrin Chetty

Mentorship - Dr Ian Westmore

Publications Division:

 - Convenor: Prof Bonga Chiliza

Scientific Meetings & CPD Division:

 - Convenor: Dr Mvuyiso Talatala

 - Committee (Convenors of meetings):

 - Biological Psychiatry: Soraya Seedat

Special Interest Groups - Dr Anusha Lachman, Dr Indhrin Chetty

Subgroups - Prof Bonginkosi Chiliza

National Council

The national council consists of the regional subgroups chairs and special interest groups convenors.

The regional subgroups each have an executive subgroup management committee, which reflects national SASOP structures:

Vice-Chair: Dr Ian Westmore

Subgroup Chair



Public and Private Sector Groups’ representatives. 

The current Subgroups include: 

Eastern Cape Subgroup:

  • Chair: Dr Stoffel Grobelaar

  • Vice-Chair: Dr Thupana Seshoka


Free State Subgroup:

  • Chair: Dr Jeannette Pienaar


KwaZulu-Natal Subgroup:

  • Chair:  Dr Varsha Maharaj


Limpopo Subgroup:

  • Chair: Dr Rose Leputu


Northern Gauteng Subgroup:

  • Chair: Dr Eugene Allers


Southern Gauteng Subgroup:

  • Chair: Dr Thuli Mdaka


Western Cape Subgroup:

  • Chair: Dr Laila Asmal

North West Subgroup:

  • Chair: Dr Henriette Smith


Special Interest Groups

South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) Special Interest Groups (SIGs) have been constituted in terms of sub speciality areas dimensional clusters:

  • Biological Cluster (Biological SIG; HIV and Neuropsychiatry SIG; Cellular & Molecular SIG; Pain SIG; Adult ADHD SIG; Substance Use and Addiction SIG)

  • Sub-Speciality Cluster (Child & Adolescent SIG, Forensic Psychiatry SIG, Old Age Psychiatry SIG)

  • Psycho-Social Spiritual/Culture Cluster (Philosophy of Psychiatry SIG; Psychotherapy SIG; Social Psychiatry SIG; Spirituality and Psychiatry SIG)


Special Interest Groups Division:

Convenor: Dr Anusha Lachman, Dr Indhrin Chetty​

Biological Cluster

Chair: Prof Soraya Seedat

  • Biological Psychiatry SIG: Prof Soraya Seedat

  • Neuropsychiatry SIG: Dr Prinesh Miseer & Dr Lindokuhle Thela

  • Cellular and Molecular SIG: Dr Eugene Allers and Dr Kobus Roux

  • ADHD SIG: Prof Renata Schoeman

  • Interventional SIG: Dr Marcelle Stastny

Subspeciality cluster

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry SIG – Dr Merryn Young

  • Old Age Psychiatry SIG – Prof Dana Niehaus

  • Forensic Psychiatry SIG – Dr Indhrin Chetty

  • Women’s Mental Health SIG – Dr Bavi Vythilingum

Psycho-Social Spiritual/Culture Cluster

  • Philosophy of Psychiatry SIG – Prof Werdie van Staden

  • Psychotherapy SIG – Dr Melané van Zyl

  • Substance Use and Addiction SIG – Dr Liza Weich

  • Spirituality and Psychiatry SIG – Dr Kobus van der Walt and Dr Judy Ludwick

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