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Robert Gumede Biography, Wiki, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Net Worth

is a South African businessman and philanthropist and one of the richest men in South Africa.

The tycoon recently became a subject of interest following the riveting discovery that he is the father of Sim Dope who was the AKA’s best friend of many years and inspiration for the rapper’s hit song- Sim Dope.

Robert Gumede

Robert Gumede (born 9 August 1963) is a South African businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder of the IT firm Gijima Technologies and its holding company Gijima Group.

Robert Gumede Age

Robert Gumede was born on 9 August 1963 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is 59 years old.

Robert Gumede Early Life

Robert Gumede was one of seven children raised by his mother and grandmother in the town of Nelspruit, South Africa. He worked as a golf caddie, gardener and a petrol attendant to help support his family in his youth. He went on to study law at the University of Zululand, graduating in 1986 with a diploma in law. After graduating he worked as a clerk and prosecutor at the Kabokweni Magistrate’s Court. Gumede was employed by the Ministry of Justice for a time before leaving that position in 1988.

Robert Gumede Career

In 1988 Gumede left his job with the Ministry of Justice due to his political activities during apartheid, starting his business career when he founded Gijima Electronic And Security Systems. Gumede’s worked as a business consultant after moving to Johannesburg in 1992. This led him to identify a number of business opportunities and by the mid-1990s he had registered a number of companies with the name Gijima, ranging from a firm that provided protection services to the ANC-led Mpumalanga government to a stationery company. Gumede’s most successful venture was the IT company he setup in 1997 that successfully received government tenders to develop and deploy IT solutions for the Department of Justice and Correctional Services services and the Department of Home Affairs. The IT company was consolidated in 2002 into Gijima Afrika Smart Technologies (GijimaASTP), which went on to win additional tenders from the government owned telecoms monopoly Telkom to produce phonecards.

In 2011 GijimaAST settled out of court with the Department of Home Affairs after a dispute over a tender project worth R2.3 billion due to escalating project costs. In 2014 the Special Investigating Unit of South Africa concluded that a R360 million tender by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, and the State Information Technology Agency awarded to GijimaAST was irregular. Reports by The Sunday Independent newspaper about the alleged non-delivery on a government tender by GijimaAST resulted in Gumede threatening to file a R1 billion defamation lawsuit against the publication.

Gumede is open about his political and financial support for the governing party of South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC), and has a close friendship with former ANC treasurer general Mathews Phosa. In 2016 he donated a fleet of 12 vehicles to the ANC’s election campaign for the South African municipal elections of 2016. The Daily Maverick alleges that Gumede is part of an economic elite in South Africa that owes its existence to a system of patronage created by the African National Congress.

In 2018 a Sunday Times article alleged that Gumede provided substantial support to Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election campaign during the Zimbabwean general election that year. It is illegal in Zimbabwe for foreigners to fund local elections. Gumede strongly denied the accusation, calling it fake news.

Robert Gumede Wife and Children

Gumede and his wife Portia (Dope step mother) have three children: son Keni (5) and daughters Natana (4) and Matana (2). He has four other children including Sim Dope.

Robert Gumede Net Worth

Robert Gumede has an estimated net worth to be between R2.8 and R3 billion.



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