The formation of the SSISA was born from the idea to develop sport in South Africa. A vision that was initially generated by way of extensive interaction between Morné du Plessis, Professor Tim Noakes and Johann Rupert. Their goal was to provide a facility that would primarily fund research and apply that research to sport, so that athletes of all disciplines could improve their performance. These visionaries also wanted to build public interest in the country’s top sportsmen and women, whose success would create shared pride in South Africa.
This ambitious thinking resonated in the hearts of many and the SSISA received the support of numerous donors, including; Remgro Ltd, Pick n Pay Holdings Ltd, Sanlam Ltd, Goldfields Ltd, SAB Miller PLC, Sasol Ltd and Nissan. Construction work began in Newlands in 1992.