Conference Programme 

The South African Payroll Association hosted its Annual Conference on 7 September 2023 at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, Johannesburg and at Kelvin Grove Club, Newlands, Cape Town.  The aim of the conference was to share information and knowledge between the role-players in the payroll environment and to equip our members to better themselves within the industry.

The theme for the convention was:  Celebrating the Heritage of Payroll: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

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John Botha
Topic: Impact of Employment Equity Amendment Act on Remuneration and Employment Costs

John is a specialist in workforce strategy, transformation and planning. He has held a global executive position for a Global Workforce Solutions provider for many years. He was a negotiator at NEDLAC for around 7 years and represented SA at the ILO/ ILC on three occasions in Geneva. John holds a B Comm Honours Degree, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Labour Law and a Certificate in Design Thinking from MIT in the US. As a former representative of business on the Employment Equity Commissioner, he also has more than 20 years’ experience in employment equity consulting.
Jason Davenport

We are delighted to welcome the new CIPP CEO, Jason Davenport to the conference. Jason brings with him more than 25 years of industry experience and has spent most of his career in the business process outsourcing industry and has worked globally for NGA Human Resources leading payroll, pensions, and HR outsourced services, and was CEO for Capita HRS Division, delivering to a variety of both Public and Private sector organisations. Jason was also Chair of the CIPP Board of Directors between 2019-2021 and was previously a Non-Executive Director with the Institute for several years.

Roseanne Harris
Topic: National Health Insurance

Roseanne Harris is Health Policy Actuary and head of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Discovery Health and also adjunct professor in the School of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Wits University. She was president of the Actuarial Society of South Africa in 2016/17 and is immediate past president of the International Actuarial Association.  

Roseanne has been an active participant in health reform discussions in SA for the last 25 years.


Nadine Mather
Topic: Digital identity and data protection: Concerns and risks

Nadine Mather is an experienced data protection and employment law attorney and is a partner in the Bowmans Employment and Benefits practice.  Nadine has a demonstrated history of working in the employment law area and has been recognised as a Rising Star in employment by The Legal 500. She advises on a wide range of employment related issues, including corporate restructuring, estraints of trade, retrenchments, and employment equity.

Nadine also specialises in data protection. She has participated in a number of panel discussions with the Information Regulator and has been invited to be a guest lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg. Nadine advises on all aspects of data protection laws including, for example, the transferring of personal information abroad, data breach notifications and actions, and compliance with the provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act. Nadine is a thought leader and has conducted various presentations in respect of, amongst others, mental health in the workplace, data protection and compliance, and gender-based violence in the workplace.  She is also an author of the Employment Law Update column in the De Rebus magazine


Nicol Mullins
Topic: TBC

Nicol Mullins is a founding/managing partner at Africa People Advisory Group (APAG). A niche management consultant firm specialising in Strategic Human Resources solutions. He has worked across 6 of our 7 continents. In Africa, he has worked across 40 countries for more than a decade, globally he has executed projects in excess of 130 countries. Across the world, he serves as a trusted advisor to leading multinationals and local and pan-African organisations. He has extensive knowledge and insight into compensation and benefits trends on the African Continent. He has a passion for people and numbers. A love for the African continent. The World Bank has also invited Nicol to the USA to discuss Africa-related reward matters and increase the understanding of the local context.

Nicol holds a B Com Law degree, honours in Financial Management and has completed up to the Managerial Level of a CIMA. Through WorldAtWork in the United States of America, he holds two certifications, Global Remuneration Professional and a Certified Compensation Professional. He has also completed various other courses like Professional Business Coaching through GIBS and Managing Teams through Harvard Business School Online. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in General Business Management and completed an Executive Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), Africa’s #1 ranked Executive Business School. He lecture on Human Resource Strategy at GIBS. He is the current President of the South African Reward Association (SARA), serving as the South Africa Industry Body for remuneration professionals.


Ken Pullar

Ken Pullar, who joins us for the conference, retires as Chief Executive Officer of the CIPP in October. Ken was elected as a Non-Executive Director to the Board of Directors for the, as it was then known, Institute of Payroll Professionals (IPP) in 2004. Following re-election in November 2006, Ken was appointed as Vice Chair of the IPP in 2007 and Chair in 2008 and 2009.

Before joining the CIPP as Business Operations Director in 2016 and becoming CEO in 2016, Ken held positions as global outsourcing director, head of BPO operations and various other service director roles within the payroll and HR services industry, spanning over 30 years.


Topic: TBC

Jean-Roux completed both his BCom Law degree, majoring in financial accounting, and his LLB (Cum Laude) at Nelson Mandela University. During his studies, he obtained Dean`s List in 2017 and 2018, as well as, graduating top of his class in Law of Taxation, Human Rights Law, and Legal Practice.  

His role is to assist taxpayers within the very complicated realm of tax legislation. In addition to constitutional and administrative law, intertwined with tax law, he further focuses on Tax Disputes (litigious and non-litigious); Tax advisory opinions; and SARS debt negotiations, tax compliance statuses, and voluntary disclosures. Jean-Roux prides himself in the evolution of self-improvement, thus, he is currently completing his Master's in Tax Law at Stellenbosch University.



Hedda Schensema
Topic: Important COIDA amendments, current issues and advice

Hedda Schensema is a Director at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, an Employment Law practice. Hedda advises on all aspects of employment, immigration and labour law. From time to time Hedda acts in the Labour Court as a Judge and regularly appears in the Labour Court, CCMA and bargaining councils for major corporations and public entities and provides training on various aspects of labour relations and legislation including performance management, general workplace discipline and amendments to our legislation.
Hedda also specialises in immigration related legal issues and consequent employment law matters.


Eddie Sneller
Topic: Critical eFiling usage for disputes, suspension of payments etc, document management & record keeping. Sars case numbers - the use of Sars Online Query System and Tax Compliance Status - submitting a re-evaluation request for a TCS override.

Eddie bolsters the strength of our team by applying his 23 years of experience in the tax industry. He rose through the ranks of the Collections Department at SARS, gaining valuable insights that provide practical solutions for our clients at Pieterse Sellner Erasmus TRM Tax Attorneys.

Eddie is a registered Tax Practitioner and is particularly skilled in the nuances of tax debt negotiation, which includes payment arrangements, compromise offers, penalty waivers and remittance applications, suspension of payment and the acquisition of tax clearance certificates. He is also well versed in tax disputes, Tax Board and Tax Court matters. Eddie also currently lectures in tax law at IITF. 

Leanne van Wyk
Topic: Two-Pot System

Leanne van Wyk (BA LLB LLM) has provided legal services to the financial services industry for over 25 years. Leanne’s last position was Group Legal Counsel at a leading financial institution. She has been, and is, active in a number of industry organisations, including past president and honorary member of the Pension Lawyers Association, editor of an international legal journal and committees of the Institute of Retirement Funds Africa. Leanne regularly speaks on employee benefit topics at leading international and national conferences as well as providing publications and articles on matters with a legal or regulatory focus.


Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, Johannesburg


Kelvin Grove Club, Newlands, Cape Town