Education & Research – Bishop Joel Mziwandile Gumede | EAPA-SA


Bishop Joel Mziwandile Gumede

Bishop Joel Mziwandile Gumede has over 30 years of experience in the Public Service. He served in various administation and management positions in the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government. He served as the Provincial Director for Employee Health and Wellness in the Office of the Premier, KwaZulu-Natal.
His academic qualifications include

B. Admin (Public Administration, Economics and Industrial Psychology) , BA (Hons) Social Demography, International Certificate in Policy Formulation from Clingendael Institute, Netherlands Post Graduate Diploma in Executive Leadership. Bishop Gumede understands the need to provide a solid foundation for Employee Assistance Practitioners (EAPs) to render effective and professional support in the workplace for the benefit of all stakeholders – employer, employees, service providers and key partners.

He has been active in the field of Employee Assistance since 2001. He has served the Employee Assistance Professionals Association of South Africa (EAPA-SA) in the capacity as the Chairperson of KwaZulu-Natal Chapter from 2014 to 2018. He was appointed to serve in the EAPA-SA Board and EXCO holding the Finance Director Portfolio. from 2019 to 2023. In 2023 he was reappointed to the EAPA-SA Board for the term 2024 to 2026 and allocated to lead the Education and Research Portfolio. He believes in good governance and professionalism. He has vast experience in coordinating multi-facet projects.

Mr Gumede retired from the Public Service in January 2023 to take the new challenge as Head of the Clergy. He is currently serving in the capacity as Bishop of the Church of God of Prophecy in Southern Africa.

Portfolio Responsibilities:

  • Explore research potential amongst members

  • Identity potential research topics in the field

  • Promote a culture of research amongst EAPA-SA Board members and members.

  • Identify and network with potential researchers in the field in order to enhance research in the EAP field; promote publications on subject matters

  • Create opportunities for the promotion of education and training in the fields of EAP and wellness

  • Network with editors of appropriate journals, both nationally and internationally

  • Identify publishing opportunities

  • Marketing on website publications; and network with tertiary institutions to encourage researchers to actively get involved in Publications”

Portfolio Goal: 

  • Ensure organisational sustainability by ensuring that EAPA-SA is strategically positioned through the EAP for Africa project

  • Ensure documentation and publishing of the historical development of EAPs and EAPA-SA.

  • Develop effective stakeholder management processes statutory bodies across the EAP/ Wellness field

  • Revive links with Academic Institutions to ensure synergy in the EAP/ Wellness field

Contact Details:

Phone: 082 450 7708