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.
PMI South Africa Chapter has four volunteer-managed branches around the country.
Meet the PMI South Africa Chapter Team
Chapter PresidentDr. 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.
VP MembershipPeter 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.
VP Marketing & CommunicationsKaren 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.
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 BoardCarel 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.
Cape Town Branch LeadMarko 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.
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.
AdministrationMichele (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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A certification is a formal procedure by which an accredited or authorized person or agency assesses and verifies (and attests in writing by issuing a certificate) the attributes, characteristics, quality, qualification, or status of individuals or organizations, goods or services, procedures or processes, or events or situations, in accordance with established requirements or standards (as defined by the Business Dictionary.com). In this case, PMI is the agency, who’s formal procedure is defined for each certification option listed below. The most popular Certification is the PMP, Project Management Professional. All certifications have some form of prerequisite before you can write the exam, be it experience, and/or training. You may find your field is more focused, such as the PMI-SP which looks into scheduling and planning skills, or more ‘agile’ in which Agile may be perfect for you. By reviewing the option below you may find yourself captured by the certification which is perfect for you and where you see your career developing.
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View the various descriptions to decide which certification best meets your experience and needs. No certification is a pre-requisite for another.
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PMI certification holders work in every industry, from healthcare, telecommunications and finance to IT and construction.
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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?
FirstThe 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.
SecondTo 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.
ThirdThe 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.
FourthAttendance 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.
PMI South Africa News
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,...read more
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...read more
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...read more