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PMSA Project Management Excellent Award (PME)

Excellent’ means better than average, deviating from the norm, rare and unusual. It is these characteristics, relevant to project management that we seek to showcase and reward through the PME process.

About the PMSA PME

Southern Africa is a hot-bed of incredible projects. The past decade in particular has seen a maturing of the project management discipline and we are surrounded by both the visible and invisible results of project success. Southern Africa serves as an example for delivering projects according to the globally accepted standards, but with due consideration to the local environment, where sustainability, job creation, innovation and return on investment are as important to positive project outcomes as overcoming the quadruple constraints.

The PMSA PME award is designed to showcase and reward exceptional projects and the teams that delivered them. All entries should meet certain basic criteria in terms of good practice, and winners will be judged according to the project element that makes it exceptional.

The projects themselves need not be rare or unusual, but some aspect of the project or project delivery must be better than the norm.

How the PME is Assessed


To recognise and honour the project and project team involved for excellence in project management

Nomination and Selection Procedure

  • Nomination

A project may be nominated by anyone.  A completed Acceptance Form must be received by PMSA, via email to  by 01 September 2020.  Upon receipt of the completed Acceptance Form, PMSA will issue with a private secure link to upload your final submission. Final submittals must be received by 30 September 2020

  • Selection

The PME Awards Committee in RSA will evaluate submittals.  The short-listed projects will be selected by 20 October 2020. The 3 short listed companies / projects will be invited to the PMSA Virtual Conference to show case their project and the winner will be announced at this event.

General Criteria

In addition to other details, the submittal must contain (a) written consent/support by owner and/or client approving the submittal of the project and, (b) written agreement of relevant stakeholders to assist in preparing a Showcase Project article to be published on PMSA social media pages and website.

Submittals are limited to a maximum of twenty-five (25) pages plus a ten (10) page annexure.  When making a nomination for the "Project of the Year Award", the nominator should provide sufficient information and details about the project to be carefully considered on the established criteria rating system (see Attachment "A")


The PMSA national criteria for PME acceptance for judging and for award selection will be compiled at the direction of each year's Committee.  Additional or further qualifying requirements and amplifications may be incorporated.  Changes to these criteria can be affected by charter action only and shall be published prior to the competition.  Such deviations from the national criteria are feasible but are to be recognised as local requirements only.


Projects using any type of methodology and from all industry organisations are eligible and all industry sector groups should be encouraged to nominate a project.  Industry organisations include suppliers of services, vendors of materials and equipment and operating companies.  These organisations include both owner and contractor and include but are not limited to the following typical industry sectors or groups:

          * Architecture/Landscape

          * Architecture/Engineering/Construction and related design fields

          * Utilities/Electrical Power Generation

          * Software Development and Marketing

          * Forest Products and Processing

          * Municipal Services/Public Works

          * Government and Defence

          * Pharmaceuticals/Medical Product Developments and Processing

          * Agricultural/Food Processing and Manufacturing

          * Mining and Metal Processing

          * Oil, Gas and Chemical Processing

          * Telecommunications/Aerospace/Transportation

          * Education

          * Manufacturing

          * Arts


A project may be nominated by anyone who was involved with the project and is prepared to draw up and submit the required documentation.

Submissions should be concise yet contain enough information to adequately represent the project.  Contacts for securing peripheral project information by the judging committee should be identified in the project application.  The release or clearance of such peripheral material should be provided for by and remains the responsibility of the nominating group.  A typical nomination outline is included herewith in outline form (Attachment  B) to serve as a guide.

The nomination packages will be reviewed by a panel, appointed by the executive board, to include a broad spectrum of project management experience. Information packages shall be submitted in A4 format and should not exceed 25 pages plus 10-page addendum including charts, tables, and diagrams. 


Applicant must agree that:

  • They will complete the nomination package and should conform closely to the established format.
  • They will obtain all necessary clearances, releases and permission needed for public release of all submitted materials.
  • The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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