South Africa Chapter


Chapter Chairman: Barry Dwolatzky
Chapter Website:

At a meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, in May 2012 it was decided to form a local SEMAT Chapter. Attendees at the meeting included a cross section of South Africa's software engineering community consisting of both academics and practitioners. The meeting expressed the view that there were opportunities to find ways of giving SEMAT's "Grand Vision" a South African software industry context. By having a local SEMAT Chapter the South African software engineering community hopes to make its voice heard. The Chapter believes it can be a contributor to new thinking in software engineering practice and theory, not merely a consumer.

In its first year of operation the South African SEMAT Chapter formed an executive committee, held several "technical" meetings – at which key issues and challenges facing Software Engineering were discussed – and launched a local website (

Future work
A work plan has been developed with the aim of strengthening the Chapter's contribution to the growth of SEMAT both locally and internationally. Within SEMAT's Practice Area, the South African Chapter will give special focus to the Education theme.