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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.

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Mr James Sauramba


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.

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Mr Trevor M. Shongwe


Mr. Shongwe is representing Swaziland. He is the substantive Chief Water Engineer and currently Director of Water Affairs in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy of Swaziland. He is charged with the planning and development of Swaziland’s surface and underground water resources. As the country’s focal point for the SADC Regional Strategic Action Program, he is actively involved with transboundary water negotiations and other regional water issues.

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Mr Eelco Lukas

South Africa

University of the Free State (UFS)

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Ms Maria Amakali


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.

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Mwanamkuu Mwanyika


Ms. Mwanamkuu Mwanyika is a Senior Hydro-geologist and assistant National Focal Point Officer for Lake Victoria Programmes at the Ministry of Water in Tanzania. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Integrated Environmental Management and a Bachelors degree of Science in Geology from the University of Dar es Salaam. She has diverse professional experience in institutional building skills in various groundwater projects. These include: supervision of Drilling of Boreholes under the project of Water Supply improvement in Coast Region and Dar es Salaam Peri-Urban supported by JICA; a member for the committee for the Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research, and Economic Development (PREPARED) under the EAC/LVBC Programmes; as well as Hydro-geologist in Drilling and Dam Construction Agency. She has also been a chair and coordinator in various programmes such as the establishment of the Lake Victoria Fisheries Trust Fund.

Permanent Staff

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Mr James Sauramba

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.

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Nyakallo Khoabane

Administration and Finance Assistant

Nyakallo is an Accountant by Profession and pursuing her Final year of a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA). She has held various positions within the Banking and Health Sectors. She also has a vast experience of Donor Funded Projects in Lesotho and South Africa. In addition, she is the Country Winner 2015/16 CEO Communications Award of the Most Influential Women in Business and Governance in the Health and Welfare Sector (Southern Africa). Her responsibilities in the SADC-GMI are Office Administration and Financial Management.

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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.

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Mampho Ntsekhe

Grant 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.

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Brighton Munyai

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.


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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.

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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.

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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

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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.