|President Nelson Mandela|
Citizenship South African
President Nelson Mandela
Name Jakes Gerwel
|Preceded by Gavin Relly|
Succeeded by Lex Mpati
|Full Name Gert Johannes Gerwel|
Spouse(s) Phoebe Gerwel (nee Abrahams)
Died November 28, 2012, Cape Town, South Africa
Education University of the Western Cape
Positions Aurecon, Media24, South African Airways, The Cricket World Cup, Human Sciences Research Council, Rector
Similar People Saleem Badat, Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, John Langalibalele Dube, Sol Plaatje
Political party African National Congress
Legacy of apartheid activistJakes Gerwel
Jakes Gerwel (18 January 1946 – 28 November 2012) was a South African academic and anti-apartheid activist. He served as Director-General of the Presidency when Nelson Mandela was in office. In 1999 Gerwel was instrumental in brokering the deal under which Lockerbie bombing suspects were extradited to Scotland. Following Mandela's presidency, Gerwel chaired the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, and also took up a number of academic and business positions until his death in November 2012.
Jakes gerwel remembered
Gerwel matriculated from Paterson High School in Port Elizabeth, and in 1967 earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Western Cape (UWC). He then lectured at the Hewat Teachers' Training College in Crawford, Cape Town for a short time before receiving a scholarship, in 1971, to study at the University of Brussels. On his return to South Africa, Gerwel first taught at Grassy Park High School and then returned to UWC as a lecturer.
In 2015 Vanguard Drive, a major road running from Cape Town's southern suburbs to the Cape Flats, was renamed in Jakes Gerwel's honour.