Mduduzi (Mdu) Edward Gama
Mdu Gama was born in Soweto (Johannesburg) on 1 June 1969 and concluded his high school education in Madadeni Township (Newcastle, KZN). He completed a B.Com (Accounting) degree in 1991 at the National University of Lesotho with distinctions in Financial Management, Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. In 1996, he obtained an MBA degree from the University of Durban-Westville with a distinction in Operations Research (91%). He also attended a Career Development Fellowship Programme at Cornell University in New York and a Senior Management Programme at Henley University in London. He is a founder, director and a significant shareholder of various companies.
His thesis entitled, “The efficiency of capital investment decisions pertaining to information technology: a multi institutional approach”, tackles the measurement conundrum associated with the value attributable to IT investments. The study identifies the essential factors that have to be taken into consideration when evaluating IT capital investments. The critique of the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) and non-Discounted Cash Flow financial tools in the study was done taking into consideration these recommended factors. The study found that in order for the financial evaluation tool to be effective, it should take into consideration the factors highlighted in the research constructs. These factors constitute the fundamental underpinning of the proposed IT value chain.