The drive to create PMSA came from a need for a cross sector forum for practitioners to meet and work together and for a national body to work with local organisations and the South African government in developing effective project management within South Africa.
The PMI® South Africa Chapter was present in South Africa since 1982, and due to the above imperatives for the formation of an autonomous local body, encouraged the formation of PMSA in 1997 and committed to an on-going working relationship between the two organisations. While existing autonomously for more than 15 years, PMSA has also maintained a co-operative agreement directly with PMI®'s USA-based global office, which encourages reciprocity in a number of areas consistent with the relationships PMI has with other autonomous bodies around the world.
South Africa covers a large geographic area, has 11 official languages and a foot in both the first and third worlds. The election of the ANC in 1994 led to major change in the country and the start of many international aid funded projects to assist in achieving our dreams. In 1997 the Minister of Public Works challenged PMSA to assist government and the country to develop effective project personnel, practices and results. PMSA took up that challenge.
Some of the results of the government projects are described on this website. National representation for project management and on behalf of project managers has taken various forms since PMSA's inception.
Some key projects since 1997 include:
PMSA operating structures
PMSA is a not-for profit professional association that is governed by a Board of Directors, managed and administered by a National Office and directed by a National Executive Committee. The Board and National Executive Committee members are elected volunteers. The National Executive Committee is headed up by a President who serves a two-year term, and comprises Vice-Presidents in the portfolios of Projects, Finances, Membership, Branches, Special Interest Groups, Marketing and PR, Technical and Education, and Professional Liaison.