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Welcome to IMA South Africa

Your gateway to a unique global professional network

The IMA journey

International Management Assistants (IMA) is a global network of management support professionals, with a remarkable history that spans more than four decades.

Founded in 1974 as the European Association for Professional Secretaries, the organisation has evolved to keep pace with the changing dynamics of the profession.

In 1999, the members chose to adopt the name EUMA - European Management Assistants, reflecting their commitment to the European context. In 2016, the organisation embraced its global identity and was renamed the IMA - International Management Assistants.

In 2018, IMA South Africa NPC was established with just 11 members, and since then, we have flourished into a thriving community with over 60 members in 2024. Our dynamic group predominantly comprises individuals from South Africa, with additional members from neighbouring countries, fostering diversity across various sectors and enterprises.

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Vision and Mission Statement

Our primary focus is to promote the personal and professional growth of our members through networking, training, webinars, and more.

We are dedicated to being the leading global network for management support professionals, through:

  • Offering high-quality development, training, and networking opportunities.
  • Knowledge and information sharing.
  • Encouraging active engagement among our members.
  • Advocating the advancement of the management assistant profession.

The Association is a non-political, self-development organization and refrains from engaging in political or trade-union activities.

IMA South Africa NPC

Our local association is registered as a Non-Profit Organization in South Africa, as IMA South Africa NPC (2017/585475/08).

IMA International Governance

Members play a significant role in shaping the direction of the Association by actively engaging in the Annual General Meeting, which coincides with our IMA International Annual Conference. 

The IMA Council functions as the consultative and policy-making body, while the Executive Committee serves as the executive arm of the Association. Elected National Committees take charge of the daily administration and operations of National Groups.

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