The history of Cigré in South Africa? How long has Cigré has been going in South Africa? Cigré has been going in South Africa for about 70-80 years. There are certain rules that you have to abide by to set up a national committee such as having a certain number of local members, putting together a constitution and submitting  that to Cigré in Paris. If you look at New Zealand as the latest national committee, they used to be part of the Australian national committee, and Cigré have just allowed them to join as an independent national committee… (more)