About Us

Our story

Established in 1997, SACAP is a leading independent provider of Applied Psychology that offers a range of registered and accredited courses ranging from Higher Certificates, a diploma and undergraduate degrees to postgraduate qualifications and specialised programmes. Applied Psychology forms the core of each course and topic areas include Psychology, Communication, Business Management, Human Resource Management, Social Work and Coaching.

 

This South African based private tertiary education institution has a 3000-strong (and growing) student cohort and has a custom-designed campus in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria. SACAP also offers training to the world via its Online Campus and provides short micro-credentials via SACAP Global.

 

SACAP’s commitment to taking a person-centred approach translates into a social learning environment in which students can engage with peers, industry experts, educators and course facilitators with ease. A key part of this success lies in the deliberately small class sizes and ongoing mentor support to make sure that every student receives the tools they need to succeed.

 

In short, SACAP’s grounding in Applied Psychology, together with its innovative and transformative educational philosophy, produces high-quality graduates who blend skill, critical thinking and creativity to be responsive to the needs of society leading to positive change.

 

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Purpose, Vision and Mission

PURPOSE:

Educating for a better world

VISION:

To develop change-makers through innovative education.

MISSION:

Our grounding in applied psychology, together with our innovative and transformative educational philosophy, produce high quality graduates who blend skill, critical thinking and creativity to be responsive to the needs of society leading to positive impact.

STRATEGIC INTENT STATEMENT:

In the next 3-5 years, SACAP aims to increase access to quality education by expanding on our scope and scale.

How we make a difference

SACAP is inspired by a vision of an empowered society, knitted by confident, self-aware individuals in healthy relationships with self, family and community.

We contribute significantly to the fulfilment of this vision by empowering our students to grow in themselves and to positively impact the lives of others. In this way, SACAP plays a critical and positive role within South African communities and our society at large. Trained practitioners bring positive individual and communal transformation.

They are, however, in short supply relative to the enormous need. South African society is dislocated with enormous untapped potential which is exactly why SACAP is dedicated to the training and development of knowledgeable, skilled and ethical practitioners through the provision of leading, accredited, high-quality educational programmes and qualifications.

Academically, our educators are acknowledged as leading professionals in their fields of expertise. Students benefit from the wealth of experience and skill that our educators are able to bring to the teaching and learning environment.

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Academic Board

Boitmuleo Diale

Academic Board Chairperson

About

Dr Boitumelo Diale is a highly experienced Educational Psychologist and scholar in the field of career development with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. She is the Head of Department of Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg and is a registered Educational Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. She also holds a private practice in Soweto. Dr Diale  research interests centres on inclusion and career development across the lifespan with the focus on community-based empowerment and social change. She is also interested in therapeutic interventions from an African Psychology, Indigenous knowledge system and more specifically, African indigenous knowledge systems.

Academic Board

Jaclyn Lotter

Academic Dean

About

Dr Jaclyn Lotter is an experienced educator with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education space. Skilled in psychotherapy, qualitative research, lecturing, curriculum development and psychological assessment, Dr Lotter holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Psychology) focused in Community Psychology from Rhodes University.

Academic Board

Ashley Smyth

Dean Emeritus

About

Dr Ashley Smyth serves as a consultant in private higher education in South Africa related to good management and development of academic processes. This includes liaising with all regulatory bodies in higher education in South Africa, classroom teaching and learning, skills development of educators, quality assurance of existing academic programmes and curriculum design and development of all new academic programmes.

Academic Board

Gordon Isaacs

About

Dr Gordon Isaacs is an experienced lecturer and former associate professor in clinical social work and development at the University of Cape Town and Psycho-social consultant with 50 years of a demonstrated history of working in the professional training, community development, community mental health and psycho-social counselling: BA (SW), M.Soc.Sc (Distinction) PhD (UCT) (former member of SA institute for psychotherapy. focused in clinical social work, social development, sex worker rights Teach at SACAP. He also supervises clinical students for honours and masters in his practice.

 

Academic Board

Marcel Londt

About

Dr Marcel Londt is the Deputy Head of the Department of Social Work at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. She is currently working on publishing her work with sex offenders and men who use violence in an intimate relationship. She is also a Senior Lecturer with responsibilities for both undergraduate and post graduate students in social work and supervises students in the NOHA programme which is an EU-funded programme on Humanitarian Studies.

Dr Londt’s community-based interventions include a private practice, named Catts, that specialises in the assessment and treatment of sex offenders and batterers.

Academic Board

Vivienne Bozalek

About

Prof Vivienne Bozalek is an Emerita Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of the Western Cape, and Honorary Professor in the Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University.

Board of Directors, Academic Board

Zerina Royeppen

Managing Director, Executive Director

About

Over the past 11 years, Zerina Royeppen has held various top-level positions at SACAP (the South African College of Applied Psychology), and has made her mark as a thought-leader for women in education.  With a mantra, derived from a Ghanaian Fanti proverb, Zerina Royeppen believes that when you ‘teach a woman, you teach a nation’.  She advocates that entrepreneurship and leadership skills should be part of every woman’s education, and should be easily accessible for all.

Academic Board

Cornel Hart

About

Dr Cornel Hart is the Programme Coordinator for the Community Development (CD) Professional Degree and the Evaluator for the Scholarship of Engagement at the UWC. She has a Masters in Research Methodology – specialising in Programme Evaluation. Cornel has been part of National Task Teams for developing new qualifications frameworks since 2009 and a member of the CD Professionalization Steering Committee. She has been the head of research for drafting the policy framework for Community Development Practice in South Africa. Her research foci are micro-macro level community well-being assessment, community development practice and scholarship of engagement.

Since 1999 she provided extensive training in CD, Logical Frameworks and Research Methodology; from community-based organizations to public sector departments of several African countries. Cornel is a member of: the International Association for Community Development (IACD) the Community Development Society (CDS) and was Vice-Chair: Operations. She received the CDS International Community Development Best Practice Award in 2017.

She is part of the Community Engagement Unit (CEU) ORIC Team for BIs (UWC is the first and only non-USA HEI ORIC beneficiary) and a Board Member of: the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum (SAHCEF) and SACAP (The South African College of Applied Psychology).

Academic Board

Megan Campbell

About

Megan Campbell is a Counselling Psychologist and Associate Professor at the Rhodes University Psychology Department where she co-ordinates the Counselling Psychology Professional Masters Programme. She has a particular interest in couple therapy and clinical training in Imago and Emotionally-Focused Therapy. In 2021 she secured an NIHSS Grant to develop a partnership with the Counselling Psychology programme at Hawassa University, Ethiopia and to explore predictors of intimate partner violence in couples living in South Africa and Ethiopia.

She also have a keen interest in the translation and adaptation of psychometric measures for use in local contexts. Having started her career as a Psychometrist and Lay Counsellor, she completed her professional training as a Counselling Psychologist in 2009 and graduated with her PhD in 2013. She then joined the UCT Psychiatry Department as a research fellow where she published in the fields of sexuality-related conditions, ethics of psychiatric genomics, mental health stigma and culturally specific explanatory illness models pertaining to schizophrenia.

Academic Board

Thirusha Naidu

About

Dr Thirusha Naidu is an experienced Clinical Psychologist with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education arena. She is highly skilled in medicine, cognition, life transitions, neuropsychology and is an accomplished public speaker. Dr Naidu holds a PhD in Psychology and Health Promotion and is a senior clinical psychologist Head of Department and lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. 

Academic Board

Shadrick Mazaza

Professor Shadrick Mazaza

About

Prof Shadrick Mazaza is a physician and business school academic at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is honorary professor, department of Family Medicine, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, honorary Professor, division of Family Medicine, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa.  

Building on his professional background as a physician, Prof Mazaza has devoted the last two decades of his life focusing on Personal Transformation as it applies to leadership development, health, and wellbeing. 

He is founder and executive director of The Mazaza Academy of Transformation for the life of Business and the business of Life; Founder and executive director of the African Consciousness Institute, a non-profit organization devoted to advanced human transformation for Africa’s development and integration.

Board of Directors, Academic Board

Lance Katz

Non-Executive Director

About

Lance Katz bought the South African College of Applied Psychology in 2010. Fuelled by his inspired vision of scope and scale, SACAP is now at the forefront of higher education in Applied Psychology, Management and Leadership in South Africa. The college has over 3 000 (and growing) students and has custom-designed campuses in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria and offers training to the world via its Online Campus.

Board of Directors, Academic Board

Lance Katz

Non-Executive Director

About

Lance Katz bought the South African College of Applied Psychology in 2010. Fuelled by his inspired vision of scope and scale, SACAP is now at the forefront of higher education in Applied Psychology, Management and Leadership in South Africa. The college has over 3 000 (and growing) students and has custom-designed campuses in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria and offers training to the world via its Online Campus.

Board of Directors

Morena Makhoana

Chairperson; Non-Executive Director

About

Dr Morena Makhoana is a medical graduate from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa and has participated in numerous executive and business courses at both Harvard and Stanford Universities. Prior to his CEO role at Biovac, he held the position of Deputy CEO and prior to that of Medical Affairs Director for Biovac. Dr Makhoana serves on numerous committees within the vaccine industry and serves as a board member of other healthcare and non-healthcare companies. He also serves as the Chairman of the Business Board for SACAP.

 

 

Board of Directors

Debbie Hemp

Business Development Director; Executive Director

About

Post her early career in the advertising industry, Debbie Hemp joined SACAP in 2013 to head up the marketing department. 6 Years later, she was appointed as Business Development Director and has been responsible for driving the company’s business, increasing its revenue, identifying and developing new business opportunities and building and expanding the presence of the “SACAP Brand” ever since. Debbie is motivated to make a positive impact on the business and believes that you can run a successful business with heart.

Board of Directors

Gareth Latimer

Chief Financial Officer

About

Gareth is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) with 9 years worth’ post-articles experience. Having completed 3 years of articles at PwC Cape Town, Gareth stayed on as an Audit Manager for 2 years where he furthered his experience across the Oil and Gas, and the Technology and Hospitality sectors. In 2019, he joined SACAP as Chief Financial Officer.

Board of Directors, Academic Board

Zerina Royeppen

Managing Director, Executive Director

About

Over the past 11 years, Zerina Royeppen has held various top-level positions at SACAP (the South African College of Applied Psychology), and has made her mark as a thought-leader for women in education.  With a mantra, derived from a Ghanaian Fanti proverb, Zerina Royeppen believes that when you ‘teach a woman, you teach a nation’.  She advocates that entrepreneurship and leadership skills should be part of every woman’s education, and should be easily accessible for all.

Board of Directors

Brian Kantor

Non-Executive Director

About

Prof Brian Kantor is an economist and the former Chief Investment Strategist of Investec Wealth & Investment SA. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Cape Town, where he was the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Head of the School of Economics. Prof Kantor is also the previous non-executive chairman of Acucap Properties and the founding chairman of the V&A Waterfront. Prof Kantor holds a B.Com and a B.A. (Hons) from University of Cape Town.

Board of Directors

William Stephens

Non-Executive Director

About

After an early career in the advertising industry, William Stephens joined VW of SA in Sales and Marketing. In 2013 he was appointed to the Board of Management of VW of SA responsible for Corporate and Internal Communication including the reputational management of the South African operation. Bill retired from VW of SA in 2011 and then joined fledgling Communications Agency M&C Saatchi Abel as an Executive Consultant. In 2014 Bill was introduced to Lance Katz and became a Consultant to SACAP primarily in the Marketing and PR space. In 2017 he joined the Board of SACAP as a Non–Executive Director and continues to mentor members of the SACAP leadership team.

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