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About Project Management South Africa

Project Management South Africa (formerly known as PMISA) was formed in 1997 as a National Association to represent project management professionals across all sectors in South Africa. Since 1997 the PMSA membership has grown to almost 1000 members, who are drawn from a diverse cross section of industries and ethnic groups.

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 PMIĀ® South Africa Chapter was present in South Africa since 1982, and due to the above imperatives for the formation of an autonomous local body, nurtured the formation of PMSA in 1997 and committed to an ongoing and close working relationship between the two organisations. PMSA also has a co-operative agreement in place directly with PMIĀ®`s USA-based global office.

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. Since 1997 key projects have been:

  • Formation of a Project Management Standards Generating Body (SGB)
  • Contribution to and communication of the local Project Management standards and national qualifications
  • Contribution to the development of the Construction Professions Act
  • Major representation on the Project Management Chamber in the Services SETA
  • Discussions on the establishment of an ETQA for project management under the Services SETA.

PMSA Operating Structures

PMSA is a not-for profit professional body that is governed by a Board of Directors, and managed and administered by a National Office. The Board comprises elected volunteers. Working committees comprising volunteers are convened for special projects, and volunteer subject matter experts consulted on key projects on an ad hoc basis. 

PMSA Branches operate in areas with a high density of members. Branches are currently operational in KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape, where they are run by volunteers; and in Gauteng where branch activities are currently run by the National Office, pending volunteer involvement. Cell groups and additional Branches are considered in those areas where members express an interest.

Members are invited to become involved in the PMSA branches as volunteers at any time, as well as lending specific expertise to a wide range of special projects, falling under the broad categories of professional development; events; publishing; ethics; governance; and others.  

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