Welcome to the South Africa Chapter


About PMI South Africa Chapter

PMI South Africa Chapter is a volunteer-managed, non-profit organisation with the sole purpose to serve our local membership base and support the promotion and advancement of the art, science and benefit of the project management and related professions. Through this, we aim to support the professional growth of our members, corporate organisations and communities.

Regional Branches

PMI South Africa Chapter has four volunteer-managed branches around the country.


For more information on the Gauteng Branch, please mail the Branch Lead Elmar Roberg, and for events information email Sianne Carter


For more info on the Durban Branch, if you’d like to speak at a branch meeting or volunteer your time to earn PDUs, please mail the Branch Lead David de Miranda.

Cape Town

For more info on what’s happening at the Cape Town Branch, please mail the Branch Lead Marko Divac.

Port Elizabeth

If you’re in the Port Elizabeth area, watch this space… We are building our membership in the PE area so if you are keen to join us for a meeting there please mail the branch lead Ricardo Temmers we’ll add you to the list of members keen to hear about upcoming events in Port Elizabeth.

Visit our Events Calendar to see what's on in your region

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Meet the PMI South Africa Chapter Team

Lynn Keeys

Chapter President

Dr. Lynn A. Keeys is the President and CEO of the PMI South Africa Chapter since November 2016.  She has been a member of PMI since 2005 and an active member of the South Africa Chapter since 2009, volunteering in various capacities. Lynn, a certified project management professional, has significant experience in program and project strategy, including leading project development and design teams, establishing and leading project, program and portfolio management offices and program and project performance management. Having worked in the international development field, she has important expertise in international and intercultural settings and socio-economic change projects. Her work has been published as well as presented at international project management and management conferences.

Peter Raw

VP Membership

Peter Raw was born in Durban, and completed his BSc Civil Engineering at the University of Natal in 1993. Since then he has managed a wide variety of Projects throughout Southern Africa. These projects include Marine Work, Road Construction, Bridge Construction, Infrastructure and just about anything else to do with Civil Engineering. As a Director at WBHO Roads and Earthworks looking after a section of their International work, this means he spends most of his time on an airplane into some weird African country chasing big construction projects. Peter was registered as a PrEng in 2001 and PMP in 2005. He is certified under SACPCMP as a PrCM and is also a member of PMSA. Many years ago Peter volunteered at the annual AGM for a volunteer role in the PMI South Africa Chapter and has not looked back since then, looking after various roles over his period of volunteering. He is married and has two boys and a step-daughter to keep him out of mischief when he is not doing sport or travelling.

Karen Taylor-Vermaak

VP Marketing & Communications

Karen Taylor-Vermaak is a brand builder and strategist. She assumed the position of VP Marketing in August 2016, having been a member and volunteer of PMI and PMI South Africa Chapter from October 2014.   Karen is a qualified attorney, a certified Project Management Professional, and holds an Honors Degree in Strategic Brand Communications.

Kishoor Pitamber

VP Finance

Dr Kishoor Pitamber, a founding shareholder and Director of Siris Holdings (Pty) Ltd, has gained experience in the field of Engineering and Project Management after completing his studies in Engineering. His experience is varied from infrastructure planning, design and optimization to the specialized implementation of large projects. His management acumen and interests has steered his career to the field of Programme management. Kishoor also has an MBA and DBA in Entrepreneurship. Kishoor currently gives guidance on various Boards and lectures at post graduate level at the University of Free State.

Kishoor has implemented projects in Africa, India, China, Australia and Thailand. His passion for managing large scale projects is demonstrated in the management of infrastructure projects worth billions of rands over the last five years. He is equally passionate about the upliftment of communities and currently manages social development projects in Gauteng, the Free State and Lesotho.

Carel van Zyl

Chairman of the Board

Carel van Zyl, Pr Eng, PMP, Pr CPM, MBL, has been member of PMI for the last 30 years. He volunteered to be secretary of the PMI SA Chapter in 1982 and became Chapter President in the late 80’s. He also did the newsletter until it was replaced by ProjectPro. Presently he is Chair and Director of the Chapter Board and a Director of PMSA.  He holds dual membership. In 1988 he registered as PMP with registration number 213. He presented communication and Integration modules at various PMBOK workshops and papers at conferences. He participated in the TC 256 SABS committee for new ISO standards for PM. He remains an active volunteer in both PMSA and PMI SA Chapter. Carel was a practising Project Manager and before his retirement in 2014 completed a fast track development of the Sedibeng Brewery as well as a Glass Furnace in South Africa.  He was also line manager of eighty technical and PM staff in the consulting engineering firm he has worked for the 42 years. He is now doing refurbishment projects for Treelands in Dullstroom, as well as project development for undisclosed clients. As director and chair of the art 21 Board duties such as Board and Chapter Governance, Fiduciary responsibilities, Strategic guidance, Financial protection and Succession planning is taken care of.

Marco Divac

Cape Town Branch Lead

Marko Divac is a certified Project Manager who dedicated his entire career to working in the IT sector. His IT career started more than 20 years ago, with the last 11 years spent in a Project Management role, managing projects in various industries, mainly Software, Financial Services, Telecommunications and Retail.

David de Miranda

Gauteng Branch Lead

David de Miranda has 26 years’ experience in the construction industry. David has a H.N.D in Construction Management and has managed various local and international projects, both as a Construction Manager and as a Project Manager. He has consulted as well as acted for clients on numerous public and private sector works, involving the following works: Petrochemical; Social and Exclusive Homes; Government School projects; New Builds; Piling & Geotechnical; Retail; Commercial; Office parks; Insurance works a Hotel and Power Generation Projects for Eskom. David is currently the Branch Lead for Kwa-Zulu Natal branch.

Riccardo Temmers

Port Elizabeth Branch Lead

Riccardo was born in Johannesburg and raised in the friendly City of Port Elizabeth, where he finished his schooling at Gelvandale High School. Upon completing his schooling he followed his passion and studied a Bachelors of Technology degree Civil Engineering at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, formerly PE Technikon. Obtaining this qualification would allow him to enjoy a professional career whilst having an outdoors office, the best of both worlds. He furthered his studies in Nuclear Science and Technology and obtained a Post-graduate Diploma at North-West University in the Nuclear Science field, back in 2011. He has also completed all his electives towards an MSc Project Management at Tukkies, University of Pretoria, planning to complete his masters dissertation by November 2017. Riccardo started his working career with Stewart Scott Inc, now Royal HaskoningDHV, a multi-disciplinary Consulting Practice. His desire for travel led him to spend seven years in London, UK, working for FTSE 250 company Capita.

During his time in London he worked on a variety of projects, as Infrastructure Engineer and eventually as a Project Manager. A key assignment was being part of the team working on the early works for London Olympic 2012. Riccardo returned to Johannesburg from London, to work for Eskom’s Nuclear Planning team, as Project Manager – Infrastructure Works, working on the multi-billion rand Nuclear Power Station Project. During this time he became a PMP with PMI in 2013. He is currently heading up the PMO, Centre of Excellence, for Coega Development Corporation, as Acting Executive Manager since 2015. He also Chairs the Roads & Stormwater sub-committee for the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber. He use to volunteer on the Maths & Science CSI in a previously disadvantaged area of Port Elizabeth, an experience that constantly reminds him of SA’s many challenges.   Riccardo loves the outdoors enjoying hiking the Eastern and Western Cape escarpments, vlei’s valleys and veld areas. Add to this running over short and long distances including full marathons.

Michele Sanua


Michele (Nathan) Sanua is member of PMI since December 2014 and a member of PMI SA since 2015. She is a certified PMP since 2014 and is PMI SA volunteer since March 2015. Michele’s role as a volunteer is to assist Carla in managing admin e-mails; reply to queries, etc. Michele has 20+ years project management experience in consulting and deployment of various sized projects in the IT field.  Experienced Consultant with 17+ years’ experience in end-user training in the corporate and private sector in PC related training including OS / MS apps & IT Theory in computing. Publisher of own training manual (Windows and Office applications), which was recognised by the Department of Manpower in 1995. This personally written training material provided a written guideline to the courses / training offered. Background in IT: completed various professional courses including OS, various application software, hardware support and accreditations; SETA accredited Assessor & Moderator. Cambridge International Examinations accredited Moderator.


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Project Management Professional The PMP is the gold standard of project management certification. Recognized and demanded by organizations worldwide, the PMP validates your competence to perform in the role of a project manager, leading and directing projects and teams.  Learn More


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PMI Agile Certified Practitioner Created for those who believe in and apply agile principles and practices on projects. It requires a combination of training, experience and an exam. It also bridges agile approaches such as SCRUM, XP, LEAN and Kanban.  Learn More


PMI Risk Management Professional The PMI-RMP certification recognizes demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the specialized area of assessing and identifying project risks along with plans to mitigate threats and capitalize on opportunities.  Learn More


PMI Scheduling Professional The PMI-SP certification recognizes demonstrated knowledge and advanced experience in the specialized area of developing and maintaining project schedules.  Learn More

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Are you a PMI South Africa Chapter member?

PMI South Africa members can take advantage of being invited to regular events, conferences and other activities in all of the main South African city centres and can earn PDU’s for attending such events.

Are you a member of another PMI Chapter?

Great news for PMI members from anywhere in the world: You can also attend the same great PMI South Africa events, conferences and activities, and claim your PDU’s for doing so!

Why become a member of the PMI South Africa Chapter?

In a word, dedication. PMI and Chapter membership signifies that you’re serious about your project management career and your professional development. It highlights this dedication to employers, colleagues and stakeholders, giving you an edge in the job market. It also provides you with access to valuable knowledge, networks and resources that help you improve and advance. To become a member of the Chapter, you should firstly be a member of PMI and pay annual dues in US Dollars. Why would you do that? Not only is PMI the leading professional project management association in the world, but its body of knowledge is the most sought standards for PM in the world. Similarly, they are the portal to PM knowledge more than through any other source available globally. Well, if you then are working on registering as an internationally accredited Project Manager (PMP) through PMI, the discount in exam fees already pays for your first year of membership. It is therefore a no-brainer if you have already decided to become a PMP or one of the other excellent registrations via PMI. Then we have to decide why also a member of the local Chapter?


The same transaction for the annual membership can include the Chapter fee. It is therefore not seen as a separate membership for people getting only one or two memberships paid by their employer.


To retain your PMP, you need to acquire pdu’s and one of the Chapter’s main drives is not only to give you opportunity to acquire these cheap or free, but also of the right types, because the new system focus on the Project Management Talent Triangle including Leadership, Strategy and Business Management, as well as the PM Technical skills.


The Chapter provides leadership and volunteer opportunities through which you not only gain PDUs, but get to know your peers better and also expose you to other industries as the one you are employed in. One notable volunteer opportunity is to become a mentor of young PM’s.


Attendance of monthly membership meetings and annual or bi-annual conferences also gives not only pdu’s, but also updates you on the latest local and international thinking about PM matters. There are also opportunities to present papers and lead workshops.
Some PM’s complain about value for money towards Chapter dues. Well, the South Africa Chapter has one of the lower local chapter dues in the world and the general fee in Africa. $30(R450) per annum. Compared to other local institutes and associations SACPCMP R2500, SA Engineering Council R2500, PMSA R1250. Then you may compare “But the whole PMI package is $120 (R1,860). Remember you are comparing two memberships against one! and as far as international and local memberships go and the value that can be gained, this is still competitive. Some other industry international memberships are in the R6,000’s. There are discounts for retirees with 5 years good standing. There are subsidised fees for Volunteers who contributed to leadership over many years. There are student fees. The way the Chapter functions, means all activities are run by volunteers. That way maximum value can be gained for those willing to volunteer. For instance, the leadership gets substantial travel support to attend one of the two LIM’s (Leadership training) in the USA or AFRICA/EUROPE. One of our leaders just recently attended one in Barcelona, Spain. Giving lectures on PMBOK or any other worthy subject, hones your presentation skills. Arranging events gives good exposure to the event management, these days a professional skill for many PM’s. Doing marketing or fund raising, is for many PM’s a welcome relief from their normal career duties. Compiling the newsletter or updating the web page or other media pages gives opportunity to hone skills you can use in your career. Some people meet their new employers or partners at the Chapter activities. Volunteering is seen by many as a further time stealer in their already overloaded day. We therefore try to minimise the time required for the awarded tasks and make it as far as possible easy to be done from home. This year the Chapter has to deal with a zero growth economy, far distances to nearest branches, increasing traffic, PM’s facing lay-offs, preparations for emigrations and many other threats and internal weaknesses. Yet, you will find that exposure to the thinking’s and ideas of other PM members will assist you to think more clearly about your career and to become more resistant to the daily stresses of a PM. For the younger PM’s the Chapter is introduced a mentorship scheme and an excellent response was received on the offering. We therefore ask that you take notice of the above statements and talk to your other PM friends and join the Chapter and become involved.

PMI South Africa News

Michele Sanua

Michele (Nathan) Sanua is member of PMI since December 2014 and a member of PMI SA since 2015. Michele is a certified PMP since 2014 and is PMI SA volunteer since March 2015. Michele’s role as a volunteer is to assist Carla in managing admin e-mails; reply to queries,...

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Peter Raw, VP Membership

Vice President - Membership: Peter Raw Peter Raw was born in Durban, and completed his BSc Civil Engineering at the University of Natal in 1993.  Since then he has managed a wide variety of civil engineering and construction projects throughout Southern Africa. As a...

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Lynn Keeys, Chapter President

Dr. Lynn A. Keeys is the President and CEO of the PMI South Africa Chapter since November 2016.  She has been a member of PMI since 2005 and an active member of the South Africa Chapter since 2009, volunteering in various capacities.  Lynn, a certified project...

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Adopted and adapted from the book: “Developing the Leader within you” – by John C. Maxwell

Presenter: Kevin Govender

Synopsis: How can we take our leadership beyond authority, protocols, procedures and position? Easy, by understanding The 5 Levels of Leadership as John Maxwell explains the journey of moving from Positional Leadership to Personhood!

About the presenter: Kevin is a certified John Maxwell Coach, Speaker and Trainer as well as Mentor to young students and employees, as well as being a Product and Technology Trainer for various international companies. Kevin has served and is serving as a volunteer on other industry bodies and associations such as:
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Kevin is passionate about Human Capital Development and as a system integrator, understands the need to have team members empowered so that the organisation can perform at its peak.

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Please join us as we host speaker Gary Simons.

Synopsis: The power and importance of rapport. The not-so-secret secret to getting things done effectively.
While we are focusing primarily on the tasks related to our work, we often neglect the all-important relational aspects of the people we are reliant on for delivering the outcomes we need.
Is building good working relationships just some EQ mumbo jumbo or does it really matter and make a difference?
Come along, bring your curiosity with you, and join in the discussion.

About the presenter: Gary Simons has worked in the field of Personal Development for 30 years. This has expressed itself in the fields of coaching, mentoring, consulting, high performance team and leadership development, and now website development and E-Learning.
He has a deep love for ongoing learning and living an integral life. Part of this means being the proud father of three children, and partner to Louise.

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17H30 Registration
18H00 Talk
19H00 Networking & Refreshments

Venue: RCS, Mowbray Golf Park, Raapenberg Road, Pinelands (Next to N2 Highway, Raapenberg Rd off-ramp)
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RSVP: ctbranch@pmi.org.za

1 PDU can be claimed for attending this event (Please ensure your name and PMI Member Number are on the attendance register)

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A sincere thank you to RCS for their sponsorship of the venue. The RCS Group (RCS) is a consumer finance business that offers its customers a range of financial services products under its own brand name and in association with a number of retailers in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.
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