KZN royal budget increased by R4m

2012-05-30 11:19
Johannesburg - The budget for the royal household department, which looks after King Goodwill Zwelithini and his family, has increased by R4m over last year’s R55m, The Witness online reported on Wednesday.

Presenting the department's budget on Tuesday, Premier Zweli Mkhize said R1.8m of the new R59m budget would not be available for spending because of unauthorised expenditure in the previous financial year.

Support services for the king, such as maintaining his cars, buying clothes for his queens, and paying his children’s school fees and his own monthly allowance will cost R35 278, less than the R39 489 budgeted last year.

The department gets R20 484 to refurbish and renovate the king’s palaces, while R3 6m was made available to maintain his farms.

Mkhize said the king did much to promote SA both locally and internationally.

He hosted dignitaries such as the Prince of Wales and, said Mkhize, his “visionary leadership” included reviving cultural festivals and calling for male circumcision, to lessen the transmission of HIV/Aids.

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