About Susan


Dr Susan Steinman (previously Marais) is first and foremost an internationally recognised social entrepreneur and change-maker and as such been awarded with an ASHOKA fellowship in 2002 for her pioneering work in raising awareness and developing models to address workplace violence - particlarly workplace bullying.  Susan uses the name "Marais-Steinman" for identification purposes because she first published "Corporate Hyenas at Work" (launched approximately 8 years ago by the then Minister of Labour, Mr Tito Mboweni) as Susan Marais. 


Dr Steinman is well-known locally and internationally for her international research into bullying and workplace violence (physical and emotional) and the implementaiton of programmes to free workplaces from physical and emotional violence. Susan is making workplaces equitable, trauma-free environments by establishing a work culture of dignity and respect. Currently she is doing a pilot project for the International Labour Office/International Council of Nurses/World Health Organisation/Public Services Internation (ILO/ICN/WHO/PSI) Joint Programme to reduce workplace violence against health workers in the Gauteng Health Department and the outcomes are already significant and set to become a model

Dr Susan Steinman designed several programmes and assisted thousands of victims of workplace violence locally and internationally over the years. She was celebrated as a hero of South Africa in 2003 on the Tim Modise show.  As s popular speaker at local and international conferences on the topic of conflict, abuse, bullying, health and wellness programmes and corporate governance.  She will also be publishing two new books during 2006.  Susan's company "The People Bottomline" sponsors the Workplace Dignity Institute, a non-profit advocacy and research organisation addressing physical and emotional violence and related psychosocial problems in the workplace.  A full career description can be obtained by contacting her personal assistant at: [email protected]

Susan's media profile

After the launch of CORPORATE HYENAS AT WORK by SUSAN MARAIS and MAGRIET HERMAN in 1997 by the then SA Minister of Labour, Mr. Tito Mboweni, the book received unprecedented media attention and very favourable reviews since that time to date.



  • 23 November 1997 - Rapport (South African Sunday newspaper) page 8 announcing the book with a hyena-cartoon and a picture of the authors.
  • 5 December 1997 - Sandton chronicle.
  • 7 December 1997 - Rapport, page 14 main editorial as part of political comment
  • 13 January 1998. Beeld (Afrikaans daily) in the business section page 2 with cartoon as well as the supplement of this news paper, "Kalender" on 28 January where Corporate Hyenas at Work appears 5th on the English best-seller list for Van Schaik's for the month of January.
  • Vaal Triangle, 5 newspapers featuring the book during January 1998.
  • City Press (SA Sunday newspaper), 25 January 1998. Full colour - Book of the Week p13.
  • Citizen, 2 February. Daily newspaper under book reviews.
  • Star Workplace, 3 March 1999 - this is the largest career/job-hunting newspaper supplement in SA. Article on Susan's communication research.
  • Citizen, 23 March 1999 - Editorial comment by Susan on negotiations before retrenchments.
  • Rapport, 11 April 1999 - article on Susan's new book, following the success of Corporate Hyenas at Work.
  • Caxton local newspapers, Gauteng Region - April 1999. Carried articles on Susan's ongoing research into workplace bullying.
  • Sunday Times, Business Times (Appointments section), page 2 - 7 May 2000 "Bullies rampant in SA offices" an article by Janette Bennett about the work of the Foundation:  http://www.sundaytimes.co.za/2000/05/07/business/news/news05.htm
  • Newsweek, International Edition, 14 August pages 38 - 40.   Susan Marais-Steinman interviewed with other workplace bullying/mobbing experts around the world and a insert on the book "Corporate Hyenas at Work".
  • The Star Newspaper, page 3, 9 November 200 - "Bully Bosses makes life hell - expert warns" - the newspaper extensively quotes Susan's paper at the International Conference on Work Trauma in Johannesburg on 8 and 9 November.
  • Beeld, Burger, Volksblad 31 May 2002 (Hospitaalpersoneel geweldslagoffers/Hospital staff victims of violence) p.6.
  • Pretoria News - Warzone in Hospitals, headline news - 31 May 2002 - also other newspapers of the Independent News group.
  • City Press - 2 June 2002 - Violence in hospitals
  • Sunday Times 2 June 2002 (main section) Workplace Violence in the Health Sector
  • Sowetan - 3 June 2002 Violence in the hospitals.
  • S A Medical Journal (March 2002) Casualties on Health Care Battlefront.
  • S A Medical Journal (May 2002) Staff face Cape of Criminal Storms
  • Medical Chronical - lead story)
  • 2002/3 Health and Nursing Yearbook - Workplace Violence in the Healthcare Sector 
  • 26 May 2002 Sunday Times (careers p2)  Healthcare sector violent.
  • 23 September 2002 - Port Elizabeth Herald
  • 17 April 2005 - Killing off workplace bullies (Sunday Times - business times edition)
  • 21 October 2004 - Health Systems Trust article about Nurse abuse.  http://www.hst.org.za/news/20041021  
  • Cape Argus - Nearly half of all nurses suffer abuse
    The violence ranged from harassment and bullying to aggression and assault, both...
    psychological.. The Hospersa research was conducted in...
  • 22 January 2006 - The Herald - Abuse against health workers on the increase:  www.theherald.co.za/herald/ 2005/12/08/news/n17_08122005.htm



  • KEUR 16 January 1998, full-page colour article with pic of the authors and a radio advertisement announcing the article a week before the publication of the magazine.
  • EDGARS-Club Magazine February 1998 - Full colour picture of the book plus review.
  • GETAWAY - April 1998 - Full colour pic of the book plus review.
  • PEOPLE DYNAMICS - May 1998 - Full colour pic plus review.
  • ROOI ROSE - 26 May 1999. Full colour article on the book over two pages as well as an internet article with a cartoon.
  • ROOI ROSE - 23 June 1999. Article on Susan's communication research and "speaking corporatese".
  • Various articles in the in-house magazines of large companies during 1998.
  • PEOPLE DYNAMICS - August 1999.  Article on Susan's ongoing research into workplace hostilities.
  • Rooi Rose - 31 August 1999 - Article "Get ready for Workplace 2000" by Susan.
  • Finesse on workplace bullying - May 2003
  • Fair Lady 2004 August - workplace bullying
  • Elle magazine - August 2005 - workplace bullying
  • Emerging Markets - PSCA international publication - Profile of the Workplace Dignity Institute.
  • Carla Van der Spuy November 2004 in Solidarity - Why People hate their jobs
  • 24.com Careers and Money. Women's Value (online article)http://www.women24.com/Women24/Life/CareersMoney/Article.htm (Control Work Pests)
  • Risk Management - August 2005.  Work Shouldn't Hurt.



  • The authors had various talk programmes varying from 15 minutes to two hours on radio stations:
  • 5 December 1997 - Women's World, Vaal Community Radio, Vereeniging.
  • 18 December 1997 - Punt Radio (Gauteng and the Western Cape Provinces)
  • 18 December 1997 - Radio Jakaranda (Gauteng, Northern and Western Provinces)
  • 12 January 1998 - Women Today, Radio SA-FM (national)
  • 3 February 1998 - Punt Radio (two-hour late-night talk show)
  • 2 April 1999 - Radio 702 linking Susan up with Tim Field (UK) and Gary Namie (USA) for a 90 minutes talk show on bullying.
  • 30 December 1999 - Susan on Radio 702 for 5 minutes about workplace bullying.
  • 11 August 2000 - Susan on Monitor/Spektrum about workplace bullying and the International Conference on Work Trauma.
  • 13 August 2000 - Susan on Radio 702 about workplace trauma.
  • Radio 702 - 9 November at 22:20 the evening - Susan on talk show about workplace bullies
  • Radio Sonder Grense 14 November 2000 - Susan talks about the achievements of the International Conference on Work Trauma
  • Radio Sonder Grense, 5 October 2000 at 07:55 in the morning - Susan talks about workplace bullying and the international conference.
  • Radio 702 - 30 May 2002 at 13:30  Comments on workplace violence in the health care sector,
  • Radio 702 - July 2003 - Celebrating Dr Susan Steinman - A Hero of South Africa: Tim Modise Show
  • 16 - 20 November 2003 - approximately 18 radio interviews during the International Conference on Psychosocial Problems in the Workplace 18 - 20 November, South Africa.
  • December 2003 - Follow up on Heroes of South Africa programme Radio 702.
  • Radio 702 July 2004 Short interview on workplace bullying
  • FM Radio - April 2005 - Workplace Violence in the Health Sector Training Programme.
  • Radio Mpumalanga November 2005 - Workplace violence in the health sector.
  • About radio interview: http://www.hrfocus.co.za/news_article.asp?offset=60&iND=26



  • 23 December 1997 - SABC "The Breakfast Club" between 06:00 and 08:00. Two three-minute spots, one at 06:15 and one at 07:27 the same morning.
  • 21 January 1997 - SABC "Options" at 18:30 to 19:00 featuring the book and the authors in a programme about office etiquette in a 3 minute slot.
  • 10 August 2000 - SABC 2 - News and Current Affairs, 6pm - Susan and the work of the foundation on the news as the leading news.
  • 30 May 2002 - E-TV News 17:00 on research workplace violence
  • 19 November 2003 - 18:15 Programme on workplace violence "Labour Talk"on SABC3
19 January 2005 - 18:00 Free Talk on SABC3


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