PMSA Congress 2013 – KZN to be in Durban in September


Conference to focus on regional and national Infrastructure projects in South Africa

23 May 2013 – Johannesburg, South Africa – Project Management South Africa (PMSA) has announced a PMSA Infrastructure Project Management Congress in Durban during 16 – 17 September 2013. The event, sponsored by the KwaZulu Branch of PMSA will look at both regional and national infrastructure programmes and projects.  Information can be found at http://www.projectmanagement.org.za/?page=KZNCongress.

According to their announcement, President Jacob Zuma was just a few paragraphs into his State of the Nation address on 14 February 2013 when he spoke of the NPC-proposed infrastructure projects, reporting on progress made, the tasks ahead and alluding to the inevitable challenges accompanying the awarding of tenders in, in particular, the built environment. It feels that, since the build-up to 2010, the country has had a sustained and exhilarating focus on project management to deliver on the promises.

infrastructure-pmThose project people tasked with the delivery are concerned with excellence, meeting time frames and giving the end-user what they expect and hope for, all the while with the sense that the nation may be watching their every move.

With this ongoing focus and investment at so many levels, it is pertinent that PMSA presents a dedicated opportunity to showcase some of the successes achieved and those in progress that fall under the infrastructure development banner.

This is a big banner indeed, and one that the PMSA KwaZulu-Natal branch is eager to fly in the form of a regional / national conference in September 2013. The two-day event will look at infrastructure project management on a national level on one day, and on a provincial level the next.

There is no shortage of local case studies and the proposed speaker list presents a compelling blend of industry types and project focus areas. Take for example the Durban-Free State-Gauteng logistics and industrial corridor; Durban Port’s Pier 2, the proposed new dug-out port at the old Durban Airport, bus and rail transport projects, to name just a few.

Projects to come under the spotlight from a national perspective include the Square Kilometre Array, renewable energy initiatives, additional sources of technology delivery and a host of others with lessons learned that contribute to our local body of project knowledge. A compelling list of speakers is growing, and a preliminary programme will be available soon.

Are you interested in being involved as a sponsor / donor? Kindly contact [email protected].

Would you like to share lessons learned in your infrastructure projects? Kindly send an email to [email protected].org.za

Project Management South Africa (PMSA) is a Section 21 (not-for-gain) professional association representing the interests of project, programme and portfolio management practitioners in South Africa.  With a membership of over 1,500 at various career stages, PMSA has existed as an autonomous representative body for more than 15 years. PMSA sponsors regional and national conferences and other events on a regular basis.  For more information, visit www.projectmanagement.org.za or contact [email protected].