Royal Trust budget cut

2016-04-21 11:30
KZN Premier, Senzo Mchunu

KZN Premier, Senzo Mchunu (File)

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Pietermaritzburg - The Royal Household Trust has been given a partial budget and told it will have to embark on fundraising programmes to cover the shortfall.

Premier Senzo Mchunu on Wednesday said the entity will be allocated R48,863 million for this financial year, with a further R15,167 million transferred to it to be used to come up with fundraising programmes.

“Fundraising is the core business of the Royal Household,” said Mchunu.

Delivering his budget speech at the legislature on Wednesday, Mchunu also said the Trust had been tasked to look into commercialising the king’s farms, which are mostly used as grazing land.

Mchunu was quick to point out that the cuts in the Trust’s budget were not because of a lack of respect for the king, but had been necessitated by budget cuts imposed by the national treasury.

“These instruments that are in place, we assure the members that they are adequate to support His Majesty. Of course, like in all other spheres, needs will always be above what is there, but in terms of respect accorded to the king, we will do our outmost to ensure that we succeed in this one,” he said.

Mchunu said funds allocated to the Royal Household Trust will still be used for operational purposes including the upkeep of the royal palaces.

“In addition, the Royal Household Trust provides for other costs such as tuition fees, transportation and medical expenses for the royal family, as well as the royal farming activities,” he said.

Mchunu also raised concerns about “crippling” poverty in the province, which he said is affecting no less than 300 000 people.

“This is posing an ever present threat to both democracy and stability,” he said.

Mchunu announced that his office will, on Saturday start discussions with the remainder of foreigners that went to live on Hope Farm in Cato Ridge, after xenophobic violence broke out in the province last year.

Meanwhile, ANC MPL’s were quick to dispel opposition parties’ concerns that two centres of power existed in the party at a provincial level.

Both the leaders of the DA and IFP, Sizwe Mchunu and Blessed Gwala respectively said they believed premier Senzo Mchunu was being undermined by the ANC.

They said that this had taken place as soon Mchunu lost to the incumbent provincial chairperson Sihle Zikalala in the party’s conference that was held last year.

However ANC MPL Makhosini Nkosi took aim at Mchunu.

“You [Mchunu] are meddling in our affairs as the ANC. You must remember that when you lost your position as the DA leader in the province, we never said anything.”

His fellow MPL Nonhlanhla Khoza, told Gwala to rather focus on opening the succession debate on who should take over when founder leader of the IFP Mangosuth Buthelezi, “is gone”.


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