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Board of directors

The SADC-GMI is guided by a Board of Directors comprising of 8 representatives. The function of the Board of Directors for the SADC-GMI is to manage, represent and supervise, as may be necessary, so as to ensure that the SADC-GMI fulfils its mandate, while seeking to protect the Company’s general interests and create value for the benefit of all the shareholders.

Mr James Sauramba

SADC-GMI Executive Director – South Africa

James is qualified civil engineer with an MBA. He grew up in Zimbabwe and has wide experience in the SADC region, having worked in Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. His work has involved water and sanitation projects, infrastructure development and climate change. James is charged with the establishment of the SADC-GMI, its ongoing management and securing its future.

Mr Eelco Lukas

Institute for Groundwater Studies (UFS) – South Africa

Eelco Lukas grew up in the Netherlands and is a civil engineer by training.After obtaining his Civil Engineering’s degree Eelco emigrated to South Africa and started working for the University of the Free State (UFS) where he qualified as a hydrogeologist.

He is the developer of the Windows Interpretation System for Hydrogeologists (WISH) and is currently the Director of the Institute for Groundwater Studies at the University of the Free State and the host for the Southern African Development Community – Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI).

Ms Maria Amakali

Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry – Namibia

Maria Amakali is a Director in the Directorate Water Resources Management in the Department of Water Affairs in Namibia. She is a water resource manager with extensive experience in issues related to transboundary water management, integrated water resources management and water supply security issues in Namibia and SADC. She participated in several SADC water management projects, as a technical task team member and Commissioner on several international shared river basin commissions such as the Orange-Senqu, Kunene and Cuvelai Basins, as well as GWP-SA board. She is a Director on the SADC Groundwater Management Institute board.

Dr George V. Lugomela

Ministry of Water – Tanzania

Dr. Lugomela is a seasoned hydrologist with 20 years’ experience in hydrology and water resources management with the Ministry of Water – Tanzania. Dr. Lugomela served as the National Decision Support System (DSS) Specialist for Tanzania during the development of the Nile Basin DSS from 2007 to 2012 where he successfully participated in its preparation. He was also one of the Task Force members representing Tanzania in the Development of the New Water Release and Abstraction Policy for Lake Victoria Basin from 2007 to 2012. During his tenure as an Assistant Director (2012 – 2019), he successfully supervised the preparation of Integrated Water Resources Management and Development (IWRMD) Plans in different Basins of Tanzania, among other responsibilities.

Dr. Lugomela is currently one of Tanzania’s representative in the Nile Equatorial Lakes Technical Advisory Committee (NELTAC), an advisory body to the Council of Ministers (NELCOM) on all matters related to the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program Coordination Unit (NELSAP-CU) which is based in Kigali.

He is the current Director of Water Resources in Tanzania and the National Hydrological Adviser to the Permanent Representative of Tanzania with WMO who is also the Director General of Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA). Dr. Lugomela has made several publications and lectures on part time basis at the University of Dar es Salaam and the African Institute of Science and Technology (NM AIST) based in Arusha.

Dr. Patrice Kandolo Kabeya

SADC Secretariat – Botswana

Dr Patrice Kandolo Kabeya hold a Ph.D. in Economics and International Development, University of Bradford, United Kingdom. His areas of expertise include: Water Management, Economic Analysis for Water Investment Projects, Water Institutional Development, Application of research to water economy, Econometrics, and applied economy for economic development.

He has lectured at various universities in the United Kingdom, and Western Balkans Countries. In the United Kingdom, he lectured at the University of Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett University, and University of Bradford. In the Western Balkans Countries, He lectured at EPOKA University in Albania. He worked for the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretariat under the Investment Promotion and Private Sector Development Division.

Currently is the Senior Programme Officer- Water at Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat, Water Division, Directorate of Infrastructure.

Ms Zandile Kabini

Independent Non- Executive Director - Finance

Zandile Kabini holds the following qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce(Bcom) Informatics, Bcom (Hons) Informatics, Diploma in Business Analysis, Management Development Programme and a number of corporate Governance certificates from the Institute of Directors South Africa (IODSA). She is current;y pursuing a Mater of Commerce (Business Management) degree. 

As an ICT professional she has vast experience in ICT sector providing Business and Management advisory through consultation within Government (National, Provincial and Local). Zandile previously served as a Board Chairperson of ODI Water and Audit & Risk Committee of Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).

She currently serves on the Audit & Risk Committee of the Department of Sport and Recreation (SRSA), ICT Steering Committee of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), the Board of Boxing SA (BSA), Non-Executive Director of Broadband Infraco (BBI) and as an Independent Non-Executive Director for the SADC-Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI).



Mr. Michael Marler

Independent Non-Executive Director - Business Development

Michael is a Civil Engineer with wide ranging experience in the Water Sector, Municipal Infrastructure and Asset Management, Waste Management and Renewable Energy. He is currently a Trustee of an NGO whose mandate is to assist Rural Communities gain access to water and sanitation with particular emphasis on community involvement in implementation.

He has worked as a Consultant and as a Technical Adviser employed by Regional Development Corporations and DFI’s, including the Development Bank of Southern Africa. At the Development Bank he was a team member on a number of regional projects in the SADC Region.

Permanent Staff

Mr James Sauramba

SADC-GMI Executive Director

James is qualified civil engineer with an MBA. He grew up in Zimbabwe and has wide experience in the SADC region, having worked in Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. His work has involved water and sanitation projects, infrastructure development and climate change. James is charged with the establishment of the SADC-GMI, its ongoing management and securing its future.

Thokozani Dlamini

Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist

Thokozani Dlamini holds a BA Communication Degree and Diploma in Communications from the University of South Africa. He has held various communication positions within the Banking, Insurance, and media sector. Prior to joining SADC-GMI he worked for an international NGO where he worked extensively on surface water and groundwater projects within the SADC region. In 2015 he was part of the Social media Bootcamp at the Forestry Congress which was held in Durban, South Africa and won the Blogger competition in the same event. Thokozani assumed the position of the Communication and Knowledge Management Specialist for SADC-GMI and is responsible for all communication activities for the Institute.

Mampho Ntsekhe

Grants and Procurement Officer

Mampho Ntsekhe holds a Post graduate certificate in Project Management and a Bcom Degree. She possesses invaluable experience, accumulated over decades through multi-disciplinary engagements including project management, procurement and grant processes and management for international donors such as United the States Agency for International Development, Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and European. Mampho is a well-grounded individual with technical competencies and managerial experience that is evident from her carrier growth and development from an Officer to Senior Management in her previous role. Mampho has been instrumental and played a vital role in the establishment of different organizations/projects from inception to close-out.

Brighton Munyai

Senior Groundwater Specialist

Brighton is a Hydrogeologist with an MSc in Hydrogeology and has experience encompassing groundwater resources development, mine hydrogeology, water use licensing and environmental hydrogeology. He has worked in Botswana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, holding positions in groundwater consulting companies, mining houses and academia. Brighton assumed his responsibilities as the Groundwater Specialist in July 2017and is tasked with the provision of technical support to the SADC-GMI and SADC Member States.


Micah Majiwa

Governance & Institutional Consultant

Micah is a registered Public Accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Zimbabwe (ICPAZ). He holds a MBA degree in Business Administration from the Oxford Brookes University of United Kingdom. He also holds various Diplomas from the University of Zimbabwe (Business School) and University of Witwatersrand (Wits Business School) in South Africa. Micah is a Financial and Institutional Development Consultant with experience spanning over 39 years in the Public and Private Sectors in Zimbabwe, Eastern and Southern Africa Regions. He has contributed significantly to advocacy and implementation of water sector reforms as well as strengthening Policy Legal and Institutional frameworks in the region. He is responsible for the Governance and Institutional Development component of SADC-GMI to secure sustainable groundwater management in the SADC Member States.

Kasonde Mulenga

Infrastructure Consultant

Kasonde has extensive work experience ranging from water resources planning and management, program and project management in the water sector. He has worked both in the public and private sector in the Southern African Region. Kasonde holds a Masters’ degree in Civil Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is responsible for providing technical assistance to all the 16 SADC Member States in implementing pilot groundwater infrastructure projects under the sub-grant scheme so as to enhance the sustainability of the projects.

James Manda

Monitoring & Evaluation Consultant

James is a Monitoring and Evaluation Professional with a bias towards Programme Management Information systems which stems from his Bachelor of Science and Post graduate studies in Project Management. He grew up in Malawi and has experience in the Southern Africa region. Having worked in the WASH sector, James is managing all monitoring and evaluation processes and systems that SADC-GMI is using for the implementation of its projects.

SADC member states

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is an inter-governmental organisation headquartered in Gaborone, Botswana. 

Its goal is to further socio-economic cooperation and integration as well as political and security cooperation among 15 southern African states. It complements the role of the African Union. The member states are: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.