“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that a daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that the child of a farm workers can become the President of a great nation, it is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

-Nelson Mandela

South African Principles Association (SAPA)

  • A Professional Association for ordinary public and special school principals and deputy principals
  • A National Association active in all nine provinces, interacting at local, provincial, national and international levels.
  • A section 21 non-profit, independent, non-discriminatory and non-aligned Professional Association
  • Affiliated to the African Confederation of Principles (ACP) and International Confederation of Principals (ICP)
  • Professional Development through:
    – Meetings
    – Workshops
    – Seminars
    – Conferences
  • We encourage all South African principals and deputy principals to join the Association.


SAPA affirms excellent education leadership and management, enhances professional development and promotes meaningful interaction.


SAPA is an independent, non-discriminatory and non-aligned association

  • Provide opportunities for the professional development of members and participate in policy formulation at department level by securing positions on relevant committees and task groups.
  • Participate in curriculum development and educational restructuring.
  • Recognise and promote the role of our members in their schools and communities.
  • Facilitate communication and mentorship among educational leaders.
  • Undertake educational research, publish journals and our news sheets and disseminate professional literature.
  • Promote liaison with teacher formations.
  • Establish links with international associations of principals.
  • Promote the interests of members
  • Represent the professional interests of all members.

Our Values are:

Excellence, Professionalism, Integrity, Collegiality and Transparency