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King: Show my face to tourists

2010-02-23 23:02

Pietermaritzburg - Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini wants the KwaZulu-Natal government to ensure that his portraits are displayed in public areas such as stadiums and airports before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Addressing the opening of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature on Tuesday, Zwelithini said the display of his portraits will complement the Tourism KZN's Kingdom of the Zulu logo that people see as they arrive in Durban.

"One of the challenges we are facing is to elevate the King's Palaces to the level that befits the Royal Household. In that way (displaying the King's portraits), government will not be ashamed of showing our palaces to visitors," Zwelithini said.

KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize's spokesperson, Ndabezinhle Sibiya, said the premier and his provincial executive council will definitely consider the proposal presented by the king and an official statement will be made once the matter had been concluded.

Speaking about the coming 2010 Fifa World Cup in June 11, the king appealed to business people not to overcharge the tourists as this will destroy the image of the province and the country at large.

"Let us resist the temptation of inflating our prices because we think that our visitors will not feel the pinch due to the strength of their currencies.

"It is not good for the country when visitors leave with a picture of us as greedy hosts. Let us sustain ourselves in an ethical and honest manner.

"Let us resist corrupt means in both public and private sectors."