Executive Director, Infrastructure Research Development Centre (IRDC)
Bongani Mankewu was the convener of the Railway Infrastructure Secretariat, which led to the establishment of Infrastructure Research Development Centre (IRDC) in partnership with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). The IRDC focuses on rail and ports infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa. Bongani graduated in Electrical and Industrial Engineering, Management Advancement Programme and Masters of Business Administration (MBA). He is the Candidate Doctor of Business Leadership at Graduate School of Business Leadership UNISA with a research topic “A Conceptual Project Finance Model for Infrastructure Development in Africa – A Case for SADC Railway Infrastructure Development”. He is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa and the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers.
Bongani began his engineering training at De Beers and after working for a number of companies, he established his own engineering company specializing in rail electrification, Tshireletso Business Engineering, which has since moved into manufacturing. Over the years he has developed an in-depth knowledge of industrial and financial policies affecting both developed and developing countries. He advocates different innovative financing models for rail infrastructure on the African continent. He frequently makes presentations at international conferences including the Africa Rail, Annual Infrastructure Project Finance Africa and World Metrorail Congress. He has written for a number of local and international publications on transport as a catalyst for economic growth