Themba Gumbo


Bekithemba (Themba) Gumbo is a Civil Engineer and holds a PhD in water and sanitation. He is a national from Zimbabwe, permanently resident in South Africa since 2001. He was trained in Zimbabwe, England and the Netherlands.

He has more than 20 years of working experience, firstly, during the late 1980’s early 1990’s where he worked for the City of Bulawayo as a water and sewerage engineer. He joined the University of Zimbabwe as a lecturer in 1995. During his ongoing tenure in academia he has been a lecturer, visiting researcher, and external examiner at various institutions and universities in southern Africa. He has published widely in water and environmental management.
In 2004 he worked for the Training and Instructional Design Academy of South Africa (Tidasa) a consulting company based in Pretoria, South Africa. In the beginning of 2005 he joined WaterNet as a Manager, a network affiliated to Cap-Net comprising of 60 university departments, training and research institutes in 17 countries of Southern and Eastern Africa working together to build and strengthen capacity in integrated water resources management.
Before joining Cap-Net in 2011, Dr Gumbo held the position of Project Manager for a Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) regional water demand management (WDM) programme being implemented by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

His passion is on networking, capacity development and empowering young people to take-up a carrier in water and environmental engineering and management.