When the Kyalami G P Circuit was completed in 1961 marshalling was provided by two separate
organizations, namely TMA (Transvaal Marshals Association) and TMCC (Transvaal Motorcycle
and Car Club).
Each managed a portion of the circuit and the disputes over whether an incident had occurred in
the one or the others sector were apparently quite spectacular. One needs to understand that all
marshals, worldwide will always want to be the one to react to an incident and are loathe to
acknowledge that it is actually outside their area of concern.
During 1971 the circuit owners stepped in and insisted that there be only one body and that that
body should reside under the authority of the Circuit Owner giving rise to the birth of the Kyalami
Marshals Association as a part of SAMRC. Interesting to know is the fact that to join KMA one needed
to pay a once off joining fee, with no annual subscriptions, of One Rand for life membership!!
A couple of years later it was decided that the marshals should have their own committee, still a part
of SAMRC, but at least they were able to have some say in their own destiny.
There was a natural progression to where KMA broke away from SAMRC and became a fully fledged,
autonomous body. Although the constitution has been changed, rewritten, modified and rewritten
again the Association has largely stayed the same as it was all those years ago.
KMA is managed by two separate bodies, namely the Executive Committee, elected by the members
at the Annual General Meeting for a two year period of office, headed up by a Chairperson, with the prime responsibility of ensuring that the operation team are supplied with the wherewithal to manage the day
to day motorsport activities of the Association. The second management body is the Post Chiefs who
annually appoint one of their number to act as Chief Marshal of the Association. The Chief Marshal is
responsible for the entire operational side of the Association and is assisted by his deputies and by the
persons appointed to act as Chief Fire, Chief Flag and Chief Radio Marshal respectively.
From those humble beginnings in 1961 KMA has grown into an extremely well knit, well trained and
efficient marshalling body. Not only do we attend to all events at Kyalami (our Home circuit) but we
provide circuit marshalling services to circuits such as Zwartkops, Midvaal and Lichtenburg. We have
also been called on to handle many other events in the past such as the 94.7 cycle challenge, the
Midrand Round table Bed Race, the Red Bull Soapbox Derby and the F1 Renault Roadshow to name
but a few.
KMA has, over the years, been involved in many International Events such as Formula One, Moto GP, World Superbikes, World Moto X Champs, A1 Grand Prix and ISRS etc.