About the Institute of People Management (IPM)

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The IPM is a non-profit organisation that was founded in 1945 with the aim of
providing relevant, up-to-date information and guidance on visionary leadership
and people management practices to human resource professionals and management in general.

IPM dedicates its efforts to providing knowledge and tools for strategic people development and
leadership, which contribute to growth, profitability and sustainability of businesses.


Our vision is to be the Portal to Thought Leadership in People Management.


Our mission is to provide members with easy access to the latest information, knowledge, expertise,
training and development systems, including process and networks in people management.


Member Centric, Integrity, Advocacy IPM is committed, through the constitution of its
structures and conduct. to the advancement of transformation and equity in the workplace. To this
end IPM welcomes all HR professionals, business leaders and public officials who are keen to drive
this national imperative.

IPM is a sister organisation to HR professional bodies across the globe, such as the Society for
Human Resources Management (SHRM) in USA, the Chartered Institute of People Development
(CIPD) in UK and the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) in Australia. IPM is strategically
positioned to continue fulfilling its role as the professional “home” for HR Professionals including
people managers at all levels. The IPM CEO, Rre Elijah Litheko serves on the Human Resource
Development Council (HRDC) which is chaired by the Deputy President, the hon. Mr Kgalema Motlanthe.


The IPM is the oldest Human ResourceProfessional body in Africa and is the founding
member of the African Human Resource Confederation (AHRC), the AU of Human Resources.
Through its membership of the AHRC, IPM is affiliated to the World Federation of People
Management Associations (WFPMA), the United Nations of HR.

IPM has consistently leveraged on its global networks for the benefits of its members.
The IPM is strategically positioned to continue fulfilling its role as the home for HR professionals of
all persuasions, including People Managers. The IPM has been the conscience of the HR
Profession in South Africa and neighbouring countries for over 65 years. Through its work, it has
produced HR Professionals who are highly regarded in the business community.
The IPM has partnered with organisations that are thought leaders in their field of expertise, to run
programmes that position HR leaders not only on people related issues, but also on issues relating to
business sustainability and global competitiveness. It is because of this renewed focus that IPM
partnered with the University of Michigan and the RBL Group, to conduct the Global HR competency
study led by Professor Dave Ulrich and his partners. The CEO of IPM, Rre Elijah Litheko co – authored a
chapter on Africa in a book on Global HR Competencies due to be released towards the end of 2012.

In addition, IPM has been partnering with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in conducting
the worldwide survey entitled “Creating People Advantage” since 2008. The 2012 survey has
confirmed that “good people practices confer performance advantage.”

National Office Telephone: +27(0)11 716 7508
Facsimile: +27(0)86 545 9723 or +27(0)86 679 7401
Email: Website:
Branches in the Western Cape, Pretoria, Johannesburg,
Durban Coastal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga
and the Natal Midlands


  1. c makirimani Reply

    I would like to present some papers when you are having a Civil engineering materials related workshop or training. I aim my presentation on civil engineering laboratory managers. Please assist on how I can go about imparting the knowledge because I feel most of them are novice managers who are in need of mentoring. I am based in Eastern Cape, a province which rarely receive many training workshops.

  2. Mzwandile Gagu Reply

    I wish to enquire about re-registration as a memeber

    Name: Mzwandile Kanyiso Gagu
    ID. NO. 6508095630089

    Thanking you for your prompt response

    MK Gagu

  3. Theopold-Ben Keib Reply

    I will like register to study Advanced HR Management as member IPM in SA

  4. kay kamatuwa chirwa Reply

    Iam a Zambia HR practitioner with 28 years practical experience in HR with a BA degree in Public Admin.(University of Zambia),MBA Human Resources(InternationalPMBA Institute, currently studying a MA in Employment & Industrial Relations(ITC ILO school of Dev) & an International Action Learning MBA(Business Sch.of Netherlands). Please advise how I can join the IPM.
    best regards

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