Zulu king’s household budget up to R59 mln

2012-05-30 00:00

THE budget for the Royal Household Department, which looks after King Goodwill Zwelithini and his family, has increased by R4 million over last year’s R55 million.

Premier Zweli Mkhize presented the department’s budget yesterday, when he said that R1,8 million of the new R59 million 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 million, less than the R39,489 million budgeted last year. The Royal Household Planning and Development department gets R20,484 million to refurbish and renovate the king’s palaces, while R3,6 million was made available to maintain his farms.

Mkhize said the rich cultural heritage that KZN had inherited from the founders of the Zulu kingdom remained a pillar of tourism, one of the province’s key economic strengths, which the king did much to promote both locally and internationally.

“We note with gratitude that in the past financial year His Majesty visited India as a business ambassador of KZN.

“He also hosted dignitaries from other countries, such as the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, as well as delegations from India and Singapore, to name but a few,” said Mkhize.

He said the king’s “visionary leadership” included reviving cultural festivals that continued to yield spin-offs for the KZN economy.

Mkhize also praised the king for his call to re-introduce male circumcision in the fight against HIV/Aids.

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