As we wind down the year and start the holiday season, it is a good time to reflect on the events of the past year–celebrate successes and reflect upon lessons learned. It is a time to get together with our family, friends and colleagues to express appreciation for their support throughout the year.
This past year has been an exciting one for us. Some highlights are:
- Increased chapter membership—10% versus 8.5% target; 781 members as of December
- Active, up-to-date website/social media with chapter events
- Increased member attendance at monthly meetings
- Professional development: PMI Talent Triangle Mentoring Circles & Chapter mentoring program
- Special Business Analysis Certification event in Cape Town
- Port Elizabeth launch-special event on project manager & value creation; mentoring circles
- AGM with live webinar, the first time, giving access to members nationwide to participate and vote
- Academic Outreach support for PM training for hotel industry—MOU with Stenden South Africa
- Collaborative MOUs with Project Link, GSTM, and soon FTI, supporting improved member services
- Corporate outreach—presentations to Eskom: IT Group, PM Academy Professional bodies roundtable and PM Academy Alumni Imbizo
- Project Management Summit & Certification Dinner
We voted in new EXCO Members (Academic Outreach: Jannes Haasbroek; Deputy President Morne Beeslaar) and new Board Directors (Annabe Jacobs, Nirvanna Rampersad and Reginald Mazana). We bid farewell in August to Marko Divak, the former Cape Town Branch lead; we thank him for his tireless efforts and dedication to ensure availability of members’ meeting. We welcomed in November the new acting Cape Town Branch Lead, Tania Davids. For the first time, we now have a PMI Education Foundation (PMIEF) Liaison, Lebogang Ngoato, who assumed acting role and will lead our efforts to apply our professional skills to social upliftment.
Importantly, none of Chapter successes would be possible without the dedicated efforts of our volunteers-EXCO, Board members and other volunteers who donate their time to support chapter activities, often without enough helping hands. But they get the job done! We have learned that it is not a cliché to have greater member involvement in chapter activities. We need to hear from you on how we are doing and on activities and issues that concern you.
We need volunteers to enable to continue to offer quality activities nationwide. We encourage you to get involved in 2018. Put your skills to use in different contexts, learn new skills, test and refine your leadership acumen, broader your social and professional networks, and help build the project management profession in South Africa. “Good things happen when you get involved with PMI!”
Wishing you and your families, a most blessed holiday, Christmas, and New Year-health, contentment, joy, love, peace and realization of your dreams.
Dr. Lynn A. Keeys, PMP
PMI South Africa Chapter