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Robert Gumede - A Billionaire And Founder Of Gijima

Saturday, July 22,2017
Published by Jackson Mathebula
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Robert Gumede

  •     Executive chairman of Gijima
  •     Net worth   > R 2.2 billion  

 

Brief info

Robert Gumede is one of South Africa’s self made billionaire, the founder of Gijima Group Limited. He is one of seven children raised by a single mother at Nelspruit in Mpumalanga Province situated in Southern Africa. Robert has a degree in Law from the University of Zululand. Post university, he worked as a prosecutor at the Kabokweni Magistrate's Court.Although he lost interest as a prosecutor citing he hated to prosecute the poor people over minor crimes such as stealing food at local grocery stores.

 

Business Ventures

In his biography he said, he acquired business skills in his early childhood when he was 7 years old at Nelspruit Golf Course and worked as a caddy.

And also he used to be a vendor together with his siblings and sell second-hand clothes bought by her mother. Other part time jobs he worked on were as a gardener and petrol station attendant.

 

It was in 1988 when he started Gijima Electronic and Security Systems and later it won a tender to provide security protection services to the Mpumalanga provincial government.

Gijima together with Marpless,NEC and Unisys formed a consortium and became a leader in providing Information and Communications Technology  Services and later won big government tenders  totaling  +- R1 Billion.

 

Robert Gumede has other great business ventures Apart from Gijima,a flagship of Guma group. The Guma Group of companies is a chain of distinct companies operating under the umbrella "Guma" and companies vary in terms of operations and interests.

Some of GUMA companies are involved in Information Communications Technologies (ICT), Railways , Energy generation, Water & Sanitation , Tourism , Construction & Engineering , Mining , Business Consulting , Private Equity , Human Capital Management & Training , Transport & products  Logistics , Private Public Partnerships , Project Structured Finance , Property & Retail Development .

The various companies of the group operate independent of each other but pull together for synergies when required. Guma's strategy is to create centers of excellence in each operating company.

The Head Office led by the Chairman Robert GUMEDE handles all strategic and partner relationships, Strategic sales and business development, stakeholder and support management of the various companies.

GUMEDE has positioned GUMA Group as a strategic gateway for Chinese, Asians, European, Gulf States and American companies/ businessmen who want to invest in Africa.

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