We would like to introduce the SADC-GMI Team to you.

Who We Are

The SADC-GMI is established as a section 21 not-for-profit company registered under the South African Companies Act No. 71 of 2008, as amended. The company is run by a Board of Directors composed of representatives from the SADC Member States, University of the Free State, an Executive Director and SADC Secretariat’s Water Division as the Chair. You can find out more information on SADC-GMI’s Board of Directors, Permanent Staff and Consultants here.

We are hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, South Africa on behalf of, and under the strategic guidance of the SADC Secretariat, Directorate of Infrastructure’s Water Division, in Gaborone, Botswana. As a subsidiary structure of the SADC Secretariat, SADC-GMI draws its regional mandate from the fifth phase Regional Strategic Action Plan for Integrated Water Resources Management (RSAP V: 2021-2025).

Board of Directors
Eng. James Sauramba

Eng. 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

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 Ana Isabel Fotine Mponda

Ms Ana Isabel Fotine Mponda

National Directorate of Water Resources Management – Mozambique

Ana Isabel Fotine Mponda is a Civil Engineer in the National Directorate of Water Resources Management/Department of River Basin Management, Maputo, Mozambique. She is currently the Head of  River Basin Planning Unit. Ms. Ana Fotine Mponda currently sits in the SADC Groundwater Management Institute Board of Directors as a Non – Executive Board Member. Beside serving in the Board, Ms Fotine also serve as a Focal Person for SADC-GMI activities in Mozambique. She also sits in the Limpopo Watercourse Commission (LIMCOM) Groundwater Committee .

She brings to the Board and these other structures wealth of experience acquired over the years in sustainable water management issues in the region.

Ms. Zandile Kabini

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).

Dr. George V. Lugomela

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

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.

Mr. Michael Marler

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.

Mr Prince Mleta

Mr Prince Mleta

Department of Water Resources - Malawi

Mr Prince Mleta is the Deputy Director in the Department of Water Resources in the Ministry mainly responsible for Water Resources Development and Management in Malawi. He holds a Masters Degree in Geography and Environmental Sciences from the University of Fort Hare in the Republic of South Africa. In his capacity as the Deputy Director, he assumes crucial roles in the Ministry in numerous water related Development projects and initiatives, hence he has vast experience and knowledge in handling projects and Programmes. Mr Mleta sits on the JICA desk, and also plays a vital role on the Scotland – Malawi Partnership and Climate Justice Fund Water Futures Programme in particular.

Prince serves on the JICA desk and also play a vital role on the Scotland – Malawi Partnership and Climate Justice Fund Water Futures Programme in particular. Mr Mleta now serves in the SADC Groundwater Management Institute Board of Directors as a Non – Executive Board Member.

Staff Members
Eng. James Sauramba

Eng. 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.

Ms. Tebogo Poo

Ms. Tebogo Poo

Head of Finance and Administration

Ms. Tebogo Poo is a Qualified Professional Accountant. She brings to SADC-GMI wealth of experience spanning more than 15 years in the finance environment, from both the Public and Private sectors. She possesses a real desire to succeed and make a difference.

Prior to joining SADC-GMI Tebogo worked as a Finance Manager, a position that exposed her to critical finance roles including distribution of financial resources, budget planning and providing support to executive team by offering insights and financial advice.

She holds the SAIPA Professional Accountant (SA) qualification and MBA from the University of Reading, Henley Business School.

Tebogo joined the SADC-GMI team and assumed her position as Head of Finance and Administration on 01 February 2022.

Mrs Mampho Ntsekhe

Mrs Mampho Ntsekhe

Procurement and Grants Officer Specialist

Mampho Ntsekhe holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management, 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 the United 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 career 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.

Mr Gerald Mundondwa

Mr Gerald Mundondwa

Senior Groundwater Specialist

Gerald is a civil engineer with over 10 years of experience in water resources management. He holds an MSc. in Hydrology and Water Resources from IHE Delf in the Netherlands. Before joining SADC-GMI, Gerald worked in the public sector where he was involved in the planning, development and implementation of projects, programmes and initiatives that have significantly contributed towards addressing water related challenges in Southern Africa.

As the Senior Groundwater Specialist, Gerald’s primary role is to support the SADC-GMI Executive Director in the development and operation of the institution. He is also the technical lead in the conceptualisation, design and implementation of projects, programmes, courses, and other activities to move advance groundwater management in the SADC region

Mr Thokozani Dlamini

Mr Thokozani Dlamini

Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist

Thokozani Dlamini holds a BA Communication Degree and Diploma in Communications and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management, and currently pursuing an MBA with Regenesys Business Scholl. He has held various communication positions within 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 Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist for SADC-GMI in July 2017and is responsible for all communication activities and stakeholder relationship and engagement for the Institute.

Ms Smangele Luvele

Ms Smangele Luvele

Project Assistant

Smangele is an experienced administrator with over 5 years working in an administration, logistics and finance functions on both public and NPO sector. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Management and administration from Durban University of Technology. Smangele assumed her responsibility on the 1st of July 2022 in her role of a Project Assistant which seeks to provide support to the finance, administration, and procurements functions.

Consultants
Ms Batanayi Gwangwawa

Ms Batanayi Gwangwawa

Social and Environmental Management Specialist

Batanayi is an experienced Social and Environmental Management Specialist as well as Gender and Social Inclusion Expert. She is also highly skilled in qualitative research, mid and end term project evaluation, and is a published author who is passionate about inclusive socio-economic development.

Batanayi has 14 years solid experience in programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation and infrastructural development, and has worked in various sectors including groundwater resources management, climate change and livelihoods, water and sanitation, water-food-energy nexus, biodiversity and natural resources management, and natural resources management, microfinance, socio economic empowerment and transformative leadership. Batanayi has extensive experience working in the Southern and Central Africa region.

Her role with SADC-GMI includes providing technical direction for compliance with environmental and social management guidelines for the project in all 16 member states.

Batanayi holds a MSc in Development Studies, BSc Hons in Sociology, Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation and Executive Certificate in Strategic Projects Management.

Mr Kasonde Mulenga

Mr Kasonde Mulenga

Infrastructure Consultant

Kasonde Mulenga is a water professional with 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.

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 to enhance the sustainability of the projects.

He holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Civil Engineering from University of the Witwatersrand focusing on water resources management.

Mr James Manda

Mr 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, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Our Partners

We are cognisant of the fact that we cannot “do it alone” to achieve the huge mandate of promoting sustainable groundwater management in the SADC region.

The SADC-GMI acknowledges the role that other partners are playing and, in an effort to improve efficiencies, we are continuously seeking partnership with stakeholders operating in the groundwater domain.