Group Profile

The GEM (Gunguluza Enterprises & Media) Group of Companies was later established as a multimedia and communication company with seven business channels namely: a television production company; a training and development company; a publishing company which produced amongst other publications a country-wide student newspaper called Campus Times; an events company that launched the Eastern Cape Awards, the South African Education Awards, the Soweto Awards and a number of major conferences.

Gem Group of Companies further established new companies in the media and hospitality space and forming further partnerships.

The Group further partnered with Uhuru Communications, the publishers of SAA's Sawubona magazine, who also publish an arts & recreation magazine called Rootz and a campus publication Student Choice.

The Group solidified its partnership by successfully launching a new publication called Municipal Focus, which covers the business of Local Government with a nationwide distribution to municipalities and government departments.

The birth of GEM Group of Companies:

The Gem Group was founded by Lebo Gunguluza - now Group Chairman who recognized the need for business to business media opportunities with special focus on the private sector, and the fact that this market segment was broader and diverse.

He used his experience primarily from SABC, as well as other media and advertising related organisations that he worked for, to launch his first company that sold media space in publishing and corporate events. The company was named Corporate Fusion, a corporate communication and events management company. Within 18 months, this company that was run from a townhouse with a single telephone line was generating over R2 Million. Gunguluza formed another company called GIDE, a youth development and career guidance development company in partnership with his brother who also joined the growing group of companies. A year later the turnover had doubled, and Gunguluza decided to move into proper offices and register Gunguluza Enterprises and Media, known today as the Gem Group, which was established to overlook the new divisions and growing group of companies.

The GEM Group Story

The Gem Group of companies is a focused, black owned integrated media, communications and hospitality group established in 2002, with its headquarters in Sandton, South Africa. The group has been refocused over the past years as an event management specialist of choice to a diversified media group with added activities in hospitality. The new Gem Group has once again significantly enhanced its performance within its focused areas. In a period marked by major economic changes in advertising spending, we continued to grow at a rapid pace. We saw further consolidation of our key ongoing strategies through leveraging and benchmarking ourselves against the best.

Gem Group has long been on the journey to embrace change, and we have enriched our culture and values a great deal over the past few years. In doing so, we aspire to a flat, non hierarchical structure in which our people are encouraged to take responsibility and accountability for running the business together. We believe our consistent performance success is largely attributable to the contribution that our staff and management give. Read More

A World Class Black-owned and Intergrated Media, Hospitality & Leisure Group.