Robert Matana Gumede
South African businessman
From being a golf caddy at the age of 7 at the Nelspruit Golf Course, Mr. Gumede has overcome significant obstacles and challenges to get to where he is today, founder of a largely successful IT-based company in South Africa. He studied Law at the University of Zululand and after completing his degree, moved back to work in the magistrate’s office, and later as an advisor in the Ministry of Justice but was obliged to leave government in 1988 due to his political activity. As a consultant, Robert was exposed to various industries and opportunities and started a stationery company called Yebo Stationers and also Gijima Guards after doing some work with a security company. Robert identified another opportunity in the IT industry through consulting and this is when he started Gijima Technologies which has grown to the fore of IT in South Africa to become one of South Africa’s largest black-owned IT companies, servicing 90 of the top 100 companies in South Africa.