Premier outlines changes at Royal Household

2009-11-06 00:00

MAJOR changes are underway in the Royal Household, the only KZN department to get an adverse audit opinion from the Auditor- General (A-G), Terrence Nombembe.

Premier Zweli Mkhize outlined changes during a full sitting of the legislature yesterday.

Mkhize announced that the long-awaited Royal Household Trust will be up and running shortly. He said Judge Jerome Ngwenya has been appointed chairman of the board of trustees of the Royal Household Trust.

Ngwenya is currently the acting chairman of the Ngonyama Trust. The deputy chairman is Prince Mbonisi Zulu, who is also the spokesman for the Royal Household.

Other trustees are businessman Don Mkhwanazi, former MPL and adviser to the premier Cyril Xaba, Nkosi Lily Mpungose, Bonizwe Yaka and Ishwar Ramlutchman.

A CEO has been designated and will be named shortly.

Mkhize said there willl be a strict division of what government will pay for and what will be paid by the trust. Deciding on the list is ongoing, but so far items such as the upkeep of palaces, the running of the farms and clothing for the queens will be some of the expenses paid for by the trust.

The trust will also ensure compliance with the Public Finance Management Act and will be expected to raise funds independently and manage all investments on behalf of the Royal Household. It will also appoint farm managers and run the royal farms as commercial entities.

Mkhize added that the process to date has involved full consultation with King Goodwill Zwelithini.

Another Royal Household bugbear, the house bought for King Goodwill Zwelithini in Assegai near Durban, will be sold to recover the money spent. The king did not use the house because of security reasons. Mkhize said the sale will be managed taking into consideration the current slump in the property market.

 

• Sports and Recreation was the only department to get a clean audit.

• There has been significant improvement in the audit opinions of all departments, but asset management needs to be improved.

• KZN has the best record of managing service delivery. In other words, departments have a structured way of managing and recording programmes carried out. The national average for defaulting on this is 40%, in KZN it has been around 30%.

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