Faculty & staff

Prof PD Rwelamila

Tel: 011 652 0236
E-mail: rwelapmd@unisa.ac.za



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Fields of academic interests

Procurement Systems selection and management; Public Private Partnership (PPPs); Maturity of Project-Based Organisations (PBOs); Management of SMMEs; Project Management Education in Africa; Management of Mega Projects; Project Contracts and Risk Management

Field of Specialisation

Project Management, Procurement Systems and Engineering Economics

Journal articles

Rwelamila, P. D., Chege, L. and Manchidi, T. E. 2003. Public-private partnerships in South African local authorities: risks and opportunities. In: Akintoye, A., Beck, M. & Hardcastle, C. (Eds.), Public-private partnerships. Oxford: Blackwell Science, pp. 301-315.

Rwelamila, P. M. D. 2007. Project Management Competence in Public Sector Infrastructure Organisations. Construction Management and Economics Journal, 25(1): 55-66.

Rwelamila, P. D. & Edries, R. 2007. Project Procurement Competence and Knowledge Base of Civil Engineering Consultants – an empirical study. Paper submitted to the Journal of Management in Engineering of the American Society of Civil Engineers, 23(4): 182-192.

Rwelamila, P. M. D. 2007. Project Management Competence in Public Sector Infrastructure Organisations. Construction Management and Economics Journal, 25(1): 55-66.

Rwelamila P. D. 2010. Impact of Procurement on Stakeholder Management. Chinyio, E. & Olomolaiye, P. (Eds.), Construction Stakeholder Management, 193-215. UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Rwelamila P. D. 2010. Construction Mediation in South Africa. In: Brooker, P. & Wilkinson, S. (Eds.), Mediation in the Construction Industry – An international review, 121-132. London: Spon Press.

Rwelamila, P.D. 2011. Construction Project Performance in Developing Countries. In: George Ofori (Ed.), Contemporary Issues in Construction in Developing Countries, 318-346. London: Spon Press.

Rwelamila, P.D. & Purushottam, N. 2012. Project Management Trilogy Challenges in Africa – Where to from here? Project Management Journal, 43(4): 5-13.

Louw, T. & Rwelamila, P.D. 2012.  Project Management Training Curricula at South African Public Universities: Is the Balanced Demand of the Profession Sufficiently Accommodated? Project Management Journal, 43(4): 70-80.

Rwelamila, P.D. 2012. Research Contribution to Innovation in Infrastructure Development in Africa: Assessing the Status. Journal of Construction in Developing Countries, Supp. 1: 43–56.

Henjewele, C., Fewings, P. & Rwelamila, P.D. (2013). De-Marginalising

 the Public in PPP Projects through multi-stakeholders Management. Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, 18(3): pp. 210-231.

Pantsaleo D. Rwelamila & Joseph K. Ssegawa (2014) The African Project Failure Syndrome: The Conundrum of Project Management Knowledge Base—The Case of SADC, Journal of African Business, 15:3, pp.211-224


Rwelamila, P. D., (2015). Investment in infrastructure development development in Africa: Identifying the gaps and opportunities, In Nwankwo, S., and Ibeh, K., (Eds.). The Routledge Companion to Business in Africa. New York, Taylor & Francis, pp 494-515


Rwelamila, P.D. & Purushottam, N. (2016). Strategic project management as an innovative approach for sustainable green campus buildings in Africa: The need for a paradigm shift, Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, Vol. 5 Issue 3, 261 – 271 (ISSN: 2046-6099).

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Outstanding Achiever Award, CSIR (1999).
  • SBL Researcher of the Year Award, Unisa (2002).

SB05 Tokyo Award – Award A-1 Best Research Paper (joint) (2005).


  • Management of stakeholders in PPP projects.
  • Management of projects in post-war environments.
  • Appropriate project management models for ICT projects.