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.
|Director-General, Office of the President of South Africa|
|Secretary of the Cabinet, Government of National Unity|
|Chancellor, Rhodes University|
|Preceded by||Gavin Relly|
|Succeeded by||Lex Mpati|
|Vice-Chancellor, University of the Western Cape|
Gert Johannes Gerwel
January 18, 1946
Somerset East, South Africa
|Died||November 28, 2012|
Cape Town, South Africa
|Political party||African National Congress|
|Spouse(s)||Phoebe Gerwel (née Abrahams)|
|Alma mater||University of Brussels, University of the Western Cape|
|Positions||Global Chairman, Aurecon (2009–2012)|
Chairman, Media24 (2007-2012)
Chairman, South African Airways (2004)
Chairperson of Policy Committee, Cricket World Cup (2003)
Chair, Human Sciences Research Council (1999–2012)
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 Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). On his return to South Africa, Gerwel first taught at Grassy Park High School and then returned to UWC as a lecturer.
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- "Rhodes mourns the passing of its Chancellor". Rhodes University. Archived from the original on 30 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
- Sapa (29 November 2012). "Sagacious Gerwel leaves rich legacy". The New Age.
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- "FEEL GOOD | How a tiny rural village came together to build a top Cape high school". Parent. 16 October 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.