Chief of Defence Policy and Chief Defence Policy,
Strategy and Planning: Dr T. Gamede
Thobekile (Thobs) Gamede was born in Durban and went
through her high school education at Ziphathele High School,
in Clermont near Pinetown. After Matric, she trained in
KwaNdebele Teacherís Training College.
While she was teaching in the former KwaNdebele, she
registered for the BA Degree with the University of South
Africa, and obtained her Junior Degree in 1991, and BA (Hon)
at the University of Pretoria (Tukkies) in 1992. In 1996 she
obtained a Masterís Degree at the University of the
Witwatersrand (Wits) and finally her PhD at the University
of Pretoria in 2005.
After her stint as a lecturer at UNISA, she joined the
National Department of Education, as a researcher and later
worked in policy development in the Higher Education Branch.
Before joining the Department of Defence, she was the
Executive Manager for Research, Policy, Planning, Monitoring
and Evaluation in the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature.
Thobs, as she prefers to be called, is the Chief of Defence
Policy, Strategy and Planning.