Zandile
Gumede

Mayor of Durban

Zandile Gumede was elected as the first woman mayor of Ethekwini (Durban) in 2016. Having worked her way up within the Africa n National Congress (ANC) ranks from the 1990’s, Gumede was first elected Councillor in 2000. With the City being the economic hub and epicentre of development in KwaZulu-Natal and home to the busiest port in Africa, Gumede’s focus during her tenure will be to drive eThekwini’s radical economic transformation agenda and ensure that Durban becomes the most caring and liveable City in Africa. Gumede also wants to empower women during her term in office as she believes South Africa is ready to have more women in leadership positions.