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Mr Cyril Vuyani Gamede


President: Engineering Council of South Africa  

Mr. Cyril Gamede was appointed in July 2012 as the President of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). Prior to this appointment, Mr. Gamede was appointed in 2011 by ECSA to assist in its Transformation Initiative. He graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree at the University of Cape Town (UCT) with a Sammy Sacks Award in 1986 and later completed a Masters in Mechanical / Industrial Engineering in 1988.
While at UCT, Mr. Gamede was involved in the Student Representative Council (SRC) and formed part of the protest that let to mass admission of black students on campus residences in 1983.
He started a group to help black engineering students who were struggling with their studies at the then University of Natal in the mid-1990s. The group later formed an organisation called the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) which was launched in 1998. The objective of the organisation was to encourage engineering as a career within the black community and ensure that black engineers are part of the main stream economy. He was the first president of NSBE.
Mr. Gamede was involved with the Natal Branch of the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineers (SAIMechE) for many years. He later joined the Council of SAIMechE and was elected president in 1999. Mr. Gamede was also involved with the Professional Advisory Council (PAC) (Mechanical) of ECSA for several years. The main function of the PAC is to register eligible professional engineers.
He was in the Advisory Board of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town from 1999 to 2010. He also served as Commissioner of the Electoral Code of Conduct Observer Commission (ECCO Commission) in the June 1999 general elections. He joined the army Reserve Force in 1999 and later became an Officer (Captain) in 19 Field Engineers Regiment (1999 – 2005). Mr. Gamede also served in the following organisations: WISA (Water Institute of South Africa), IWSA (International Water Supply Association) and UADE (Union of African Water Suppliers), ISEE (International Society of Explosive Engineers).
He is currently the Chief Executive of Umgeni Water Board.  Prior to that he was Chief Executive  of Asceng.


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Vice President: Engineering Council of South Africa
Dr. Keith Ivor Jacobs is a Professional Engineer who currently resides in Cape Town.
He is an Acting Director for Regional Services at the University of South Africa (UNISA). In this role, Dr. Jacobs is co-ordinates for all national activities at regional level.
Dr Keith Jacobs is a qualified engineer and educator and holds multiple qualifications. He has a Higher National Diploma for Post School Education (Pen Tech); he also holds a Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Pen Tech), a Bachelor of Education (UWC), and Honours Degree in Business Administration (USB) and has a PHD from the University of Cape Town.
He is no stranger to the higher education sector, having spent 14 years as a Lecturer and 20 years in the higher education administration.
He started his career as a lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in 1983 until 1997 when he was a Senior Lecturer. He became a co-ordinator for Co-operative Education and was then appointed as the Head of Department, Acting Dean and Deputy Dean at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).
Dr Keith joined University of South Africa as a Regional Director in 2011 where his responsibilities were strategic and operational management of the department and the University. In 2013 he became the Acting Deputy Registrar and his portfolio was then inclusive of registration and assessment activities. In 2014 he became an Acting Director for Regional Services.
He has served in the following Professional and Advisories:


  • Chairperson of the Inaugural Agreement for International Engineering Technicians: (ECSA)
  • Deputy Chairperson (West Coast FET College Council)
  • Board of South African Engineering Education Association
  • Board of Masakhi’iSizwe
  • Chairperson of the Engineering Standard Generating Body (ESGB)
  • Chairperson of the Professional Engineering Technicians Registration Committee (ESGB)
  • Chairperson of the Sakhimfundo Education Trust (ECSA)

He is a Registered as a Professional Technician with the Engineering Council of South Africa. He is also a member of the Chamber of Technology and a member of the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering (SAIMechE).