We are turning 40!

2021 Marks PMI South Africa Chapter's 40th anniversary.  

The Project Management profession has evolved over the past 40 years - and so have we.  Join us as we reflect on the achievements of both the Chapter and South  Africa, learning from our past, to shape our future. We dug deep into the archives for these memories - and look forward to creating new and exciting milestones for generations to come!


#Chapter Achievement
1981 PMI South Africa Chapter is Established

PMI South Africa is the first Chapter to be established beyond North America, and founding member Kaay Koch launches the chapter newsletter: "The Project Manager".

#Chapter Achievement
1982 Panel Discussions Commence

Via a partnership with Eskom, early leader of the project management profession  Prof. Dave Clelland starts visiting PMI South Africa Chapter for Panel Discussions.


#Chapter Achievement
1983 Executive Committee is Selected

Election of new Executive Committee:

President - B.J. Dooley

Vice President Membership - A. Edwards

Vice President Programme - J. Dubsky

Vice President Public Relations - J.D.Koch

Secretary - J.B. Burdes

Treasurer - M. Davison

#Chapter Achievement
1987 Introduction of PMI Certification Examination Programme

J.D. “Kaay” Koch introduces the PMI Certification Program Examination for the Project Management Professional (PMP) in South Africa, which is the fIrst PMP exam outside of USA, resulting in PMP certifications.


#Proudly South African Project
1988 Phase 1 - Lesotho Highlands Water Project

Realized in 1988, the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) is an ongoing water supply project with a hydropower component, developed in partnership between the governments of Lesotho and South Africa.

#Chapter Achievement
1991 New Propylene / Polypropylene Factory for Sasol Chemical Industries (Pty) Ltd

PMI works with Sasol Chemical Industries (Pty) Ltd to build the new Propylene / Polypropylene Factory in Secunda.  This project receives the 1991 Project of the year award by PMI.


#Chapter Achievement
1995 Benfield Column Project wins Project of the Year

Sasol earns another project of the year award with Benfield column repair project.

#Proudly South African Project
1995 Rugby World Cup

Our #Proudly South African Featured Project celebrates the Project Management Principles adopted in planning the 1995 Rugby World Cup.  This major sporting event was the first of it's kind for South Africa - the first time it would be hosted locally, the first RWC in which every match would be played in the same country, and the first RWC that South Africa was allowed to participate in.


#Proudly South African Project
1996 African Cup of Nations AFCON

The 1996 Africa Cup of Nations was the #first continental title to be hosted by South Africa. Bafana Bafana won their first title on home soil.

#Proudly South African Project
1999 Coega Industrial Development Zone

The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), established in 1999, is situated near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape province. The initiative is a multibillion-dollar industrial development complex customised for heavy, medium and light industries, and adjacent to a deepwater port, the Port of Ngqura.


#Chapter Achievement
2001 P‏‏MI South Africa Chapter (NPC) is Incorporated

P‏‏MI South Africa Chapte‏‏r (NPC) incorporated 6th December 2001 as a Non-Profit Company, and the Board was now separated from the Executive.

#Proudly South African Project
2003 ICC Cricket World Cup hosted in South Africa

The 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup was the eighth Cricket World Cup, organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was co-hosted by South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya from 9 February to 23 March 2003. This edition of the World Cup was the first to be played in Africa.


#Proudly South African Project
2004 Ironman Hosted in Port Elizabeth for the first time

Ironman South Africa was first hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay in 2004, with 400 athletes. Later, in 2008, Ironman 70.3 was hosted in Buffalo City for the first time.  Ironman SA and Ironman 70.3 are the only Ironman Events hosted on the African Continent.

#Proudly South African Project
2007 ICC Twenty20 hosted in South Africa

The 2007 ICC World Twenty20 was the inaugural Twenty20 International cricket world championship, contested in South Africa from 11 to 24 September 2007.


#Proudly South African Project
2009 The Rea Vaya Bus System becomes operational

Rea Vaya (which means "we are going" in Scamto) is a bus rapid transit system operating in Johannesburg, South Africa. It opened in phases from 2009, and links the Johannesburg CBD and Braamfontein with Soweto.

#Proudly South African Project
2010 FIFA World Cup is Hosted in South Africa

In 2010 South Africa became the first African Nation to host the FIFA World Cup Finals. Five new stadiums were built for the tournament, and five of the existing venues were upgraded.


#Chapter Achievement
2011 The Chapter initiates PMBOK Introductory Weekends

The chapter initiates PMBOK introductory weekends to assist members with PMP certification preparation, beginning with 20 employees at BKS, one of the largest engineering consultancies in South Africa.

#Proudly South African Project
2012 The Gautrain Rapid Rail Transport System is completed

Although partially complete in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the second and third phases of the Gautrain Rapid Rail Transport System was completed and opened to the public in 2012, linking Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ekurhuleni and O.R. Tambo International Airport.


#Chapter Achievement
2015 P‏‏MI South Africa hosts it's first PMI Africa Conference

PMI South Africa chapter hosted the first PMI Africa PM conference at Birchwood hotel, with around 350 participants and sponsors from the Africa region, and we were honored to have Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of Gift of the Givers as keynote speaker.

#Chapter Achievement
2016 Election of Dr Lynn Keeys as Chapter President

Dr Kishoor Pitamber, Carel van Zyl, JC Kruger and Peter Raw, four chapter members of the board, assumed leadership of the Chapter following the unexpected resignation of the chapter president. 

Dr. Lynn Keeys, PMP was elected president in August and operational leadership resumed.


#Chapter Achievement
2016 Introduction of Mentorship Programme

PMI South Africa Chapter introduced the first Mentorship Programme for the chapter members.

#Chapter Achievement
2017 Conclusion of Partnership Agreements with Academic Institutions

PMI South Africa signs partnerships agreements with two academic institutions: Graduate School of Technology Management at University of Pretoria, and Stenden South Africa.


#Chapter Achievement
2017 PMI South Africa Chapter hosts it's First Annual PM Summit

PMI South Africa Chapter hosts the first annual PM Summit: Getting your project right, the first time.

#Chapter Achievement
2017 Renewal of Memorandum of Incorporation

JC Kruger participated in a renewal process to get the Memorandum of Incorporation updated, and accepted on the PMI Global Ethics Review Committee.


#Chapter Achievement
2018 The Board sets up Processes & Framework, revises Bylaws and Establishes Committees

The board sets up processes and framework, including revising bylaws and establishing committees to work in voluntary compliance with the King Code of Governance. The Executive is restructured to facilitate better delivery of services and streamlined reporting.

#Chapter Achievement
2018 Eastern Cape Provincial Team is Established

Establishment of Eastern cape provincial team.


#Chapter Achievement
2019 Freestate Provincial Team is Established

Establishment of Freestate provincial team.

#Chapter Achievement
2019 Chapter-Wide Director Development Programme (DDP) is Initiated

The  Director Training Committee was expanded to undertake a Chapter wide Director Development Program (DDP), which received applications from 50 members who were organised in eight decentralised study groups and after ten months of tasks and discussions culminated in  43 participants receiving compliance certificates.


#Chapter Achievements
2019 A Year of Progress

A number of initiatives were undertaken, including:  Delivering PMP/CAPM preparation workshops, mentoring circles, women’s month leadership workshops in Johannesburg & Durban.  The Chapter was featured in Engineering News,  concluded a memorandum of understanding with Junior Achievement South Africa by PMIEF nad the Mamelodi Early Childhood Development Project.  The Chapter also undertook mentorship of Bcom students at the Mamelodi campus and provided PM training to 8th & 9th graders. Chapter membership had increased to 1063.

#Chapter Achievement
2020 A year of Disruption

The Covid 19 pandemic disruption caused the chapter to transform and innovate to develop new ways of working in the new digital era to give equity in access for our members to chapter services. We pivoted immediately to monthly webinars, conducting over 20 virtual events in 2020.

After a three-month innovation process, we established new value propositions for our members, NGOs, universities, government, and corporate sectors.  We established a new way of working (business model) based on digital technology for virtual professional development and networking. We are in the process of piloting our cluster engagement programme, to facilitate member-organized and chapter-supported in-person events and networking.


#Chapter Achievement
2021 PMI South Africa Chapter Anchors Chapter Exchange Programme with Mumbai and Czech Republic Chapters

PMI South Africa anchors PMI Chapter exchange program with PMI Mumbai and Czech Republic chapters, a monthly online event where subject matter experts from around the globe discuss trending project management-related topics.

#Proudly South African Project
2020 The National Coronavirus Command Council is Established

In March 2020, President Ramaphosa announces the establishment of the National Coronavirus Command Council: "The council was established to lead the nation's plan to contain the spread and mitigate the negative impact of the coronavirus," the Presidency said.


#Chapter Achievement
2021 Three #Future50 Honorees from South Africa

Three PMI Volunteers from Africa Chapters were nominated for the Future 50 Honorees awards.