Nhlanhla was appointed as Full-Time Regulator Member primarily responsible for Electricity Regulation at NERSA, with effect from 1 April 2020.
Mr Gumede holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Wits Business School (WBS), a Management Development Programme from the University of Cape Town (UCT) Graduate School of Business, as well as a Bachelor of Science Engineering (Extractive Metallurgy) from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Nhlanhla is a highly experienced engineer, with extensive knowledge and understanding of the energy industry. He has held various executive positions, including Executive Chairperson of the Fifth View (Pty) Ltd, an advisory and investment company operating in the oil and gas energy sector. He is the former Chairperson of the Board of PetroSA and the former CEO of the South African Farmers Development Association. He has served as a Technical Advisor to the Minister of Energy, as well as an Associate Director at Deloitte. He was also Deputy Director General of Hydrocarbons and Energy Planning, as well as Chief Director Hydrocarbons at the erstwhile Department of Minerals and Energy, between 2003 and 2008. Before joining the Department of Minerals and Energy, he served as Executive Director and Senior Consultant at SAD-ELEC, an energy consulting company. Nhlanhla has advised a number of large international oil companies and governments on regulatory frameworks, as well as energy policy and strategy.