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This profile was last updated on 12/20/14  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Mr. Robert Wellington Gumede

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Board Member

Phone: +27 *********  
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Local Address: Australia
Company Description: Gijima is a proudly empowered South African Information Technology company listed on the JSE. It has gained recognition as the complete IT partner to a considerable...   more

Employment History

  • Executive Chairman
    Gijima Holdings Limited
  • Chairman
    Guma Group
  • Founder and Executive Chairman
    Guma Group
  • Founder and Owner
    Guma Group
  • Company
    CIC Energy Corp
  • Executive Chairman
    Gijima Technologies Group
  • Chief Executive Officer
    Gijima Technologies Group
  • Director and Owner
    Gijima Technologies Group

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • bachelor of law degree
    University of Zululand
115 Total References
Web References
Board of Directors | Gijima, a South African IT Company, 20 Dec 2014 [cached]
Robert Gumede
Robert Gumede, A Glorious Black ..., 4 Nov 2013 [cached]
Robert Gumede, A Glorious Black Global Entrepreneur Who Loves The People
Posted on 04 November 2013 by Thandisizwe Mgudlwa
Robert Gumede is the Founder of Gijima Group, an IT-based company in South Africa.
He is also a Non-Executive Chairman for Gijima Group Limited.
Mr. Robert Wellington Matana Gumede, founded Guma Group (Pty) Ltd in 1995 and has been its Executive Chairman since 2005.
Gumede served as a State Prosecutor in the Nelspruit courts for five years.
He started his career as a Clerk in the civil and criminal court in Nelspruit, some decades ago now.
In 1992, he moved to Johannesburg where he assumed several key positions like Business Development Director for Africa at Sukhulu Holdings (Proprietary) Limited (from 1992 to 1994).
Gumede then went on to be Business Development Executive at LTA Limited and Director of LTA Building (Proprietary) Limited and LTA Housing (Proprietary) Limited (from 1994 to 1996), before realizing a dream with the establishment of Gijima.
He used the opportunity of working with several multinational companies to learn about the corporate world to prepare for the launch of his own Empire.
Mr. Gumede has been the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board at Gijima Group Limited (also known as Gijima Ast Group Ltd), since August 2008.
He serves as the Chairman of Tourism Investment Corporation Limited. Mr. Gumede served as Executive Chairman of Gijima Ast Group Ltd. from January 1, 2007 to August 2008 and Executive Deputy Chairman from June 9, 2005 to January 1, 2007. He has been Director of CIC Energy Corp, since April 16, 2010.
Historical records report that Gumede began working at the tender age of seven as a golf caddie, gardener and later as a petrol attendant after school and on weekends, to supplement his mother's meagre income as a domestic worker allowing his siblings to eat regularly and attend school.
He proved his ability to turn things around when he undertook to manage a football team in which he had invested.
The business industry and its leadership acknowledged his remarkable ability as a strategist, salesman and entrepreneur by nominating and voting him as the South African Chapter runner-up candidate for the World Entrepreneur of the Year 2005.
Gumede obtained a bachelor of law degree from the University of Zululand.
In celebrating his 50th birthday on the 9th of September this year, the CITY PRESS newspaper reported that Gumede had pulled out all the stops when he hosted a three-day extravaganza that included a ladies' high tea, a VIP gala dinner, a free concert for 65000 people and a specially created theme park for more than 7000 children in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.
"That brought tears to my eyes," says Gumede.
But it was Saturday's family day that he singles out as the most meaningful day of the three as it helped him relive his childhood differently.
reminisces Gumede, who attended the fair just once.
Gumede defends flaunting his wealth, pointing to his philanthropic work that formed part of the birthday weekend.
Gumede gave away two houses to children. One of the children who won a house in the raffle is a seven-year-old girl who Gumede says reminds him of himself because "I started work when I was seven, carrying golf bags bigger than me".
He has also put aside R40-million from the family trust for university scholarships for kids from Mpumalanga.
In other recent developments, Mr. Gumede won a R53-million claim against his former business partner, Johannes Sterenborg, in a UK court.
"The sad reality is that if a White person says you are corrupt, everyone, including our own people, believe you are corrupt," said Gumede.
He said the claim against Sterenborg was not about money, but principle. The action cost him more than R50-million "but was worth the quest to clear my name".
"Unfortunately, the reputation of many other Black businesspeople have been destroyed because they did not have the economic muscle I had to fight Sterenborg's campaign to sully my name," Gumede said.
Furthermore, the legal battle between the two started in 2001 after Gumede had increased his shareholding in Sterenborg's Applied Card Technologies (ACT) to 100%.
Gumede was accused of being corrupt.
In 2006, the Gauteng High Court awarded Gumede a claim for R26,1-million, which with interest and costs came to R53-million.
"Sterenborg tried everything in the book to avoid payment and used the media to publish false and defamatory allegations against me," Gumede adds.
Gumede then lodged an application in the UK to enforce the Gauteng High Court order.
He was granted the claim.
Gumede said the lesson for Black business was "not to be blinded by the opportunities they see on the horizon but to do due diligence checks on the people involved (in business transactions)".
The Guma Group of companies, founded by this self-made entrepreneurial businessman, Robert Gumede, is a Black owned, hands-on operations and investment power house intensely focused on adding value and initiating growth by means of operational and managerial participation.
Robert Gumede, A Glorious ..., 27 Jan 2014 [cached]
Robert Gumede, A Glorious Black Global Entrepreneur Who Loves The People
Robert Gumede, A Glorious Black Global Entrepreneur Who Loves The People
by Thandisizwe Mgudlwa on Nov 4, 2013
Robert Gumede is the Founder of Gijima Group, an IT-based company in South Africa. He is also a Non-Executive Chairman for Gijima Group Limited. Mr. Robert Wellington Matana Gumede, founded Guma Group (Pty) Ltd in 1995 and has been its Executive Chairman since 2005. Gumede served as a State Prosecutor in the Nelspruit courts for [...]
The Chief Executive of the Ghana ..., 26 Nov 2013 [cached]
The Chief Executive of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Mrs Mawuena Trebarh and Chairman of the Guma Group, Mr. Robert Gumede, on Tuesday, heralded the cooperation between Ghana and South Africa as they confirmed significant investments by the Scaw Metals Group in a US$40m plant at Tema.
"This investment is a combination of a South African (Robert Gumede) and Ghanaian (Joseph Agyepong) entrepreneur joining forces with a South African steel giant, Scaw.
It is important, that whilst government to government relationships under the leadership of our two Presidents Zuma and Mahama has created a favourable trade environment, business to business relationships need to be enhanced, creating the much needed jobs and trade in the region", says Robert Gumede, Chairman of the Guma Group.
CIC Energy Corp. - Directors, 4 Dec 2011 [cached]
Robert M. Gumede Mr. Gumede is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Guma Group of companies. Guma Group is a multi-billion rand organization with clients that span the public sector, state-owned enterprises as well as the private sector in South Africa. Guma Group has a wide variety of business interests including Information Technology, Smartcard manufacturing, energy, mining resources, real estate, tourism and hospitality, infrastructure development and construction. Guma Group has operations worldwide including in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. In addition, Guma Group maintains its established networks and significant interests on the African continent. Mr. Gumede is also the Chairman of GijimaAst Limited, a Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed company. Prior to establishing Guma Group, Mr. Gumede held several key positions at multinational companies. Mr. Gumede was the runner-up in the 2005 World Entrepreneur of the Year Award (South African Chapter). Mr. Gumede has bachelor of law degree from the University of Zululand.
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