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Top Mpumalanga tourism officials quit

2011-08-23 20:52

Johannesburg - Five members of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency’s board as well as its chief executive have resigned, Tourism MEC Norman Mokoena said on Tuesday.

Mokoena thanked the board members and chief executive Charles Ndabeni for their contribution to the MTPA.

He did not disclose what had prompted the board members' resignations which became effective on August 19.

"I would also like to announce that the executive council has accepted and approved the consensual termination of the contract of employment of the CEO.

"He will leave within a week once he has concluded the hand-over process,” Mokoena said.

In May, the Mail & Guardian reported that the MTPA had debts of R51m, while the R212m grant allocated for 2011-2012 by the provincial department of economic development and tourism barely covered salaries.

It reported at the time that electricity had been cut off at its headquarters as a result of unpaid bills.

The MTPA is responsible for marketing and promoting the province’s tourism potential, as well as managing of 23 game reserves.

According to Mokoena, the province's budget and finance committee has been approached to consider the pressures confronting the agency.