Poorly run Ezemvelo ‘work­ing on strat­egy to be­come prof­itable’

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EZEMVELO KZN Wildlife is fi­nal­is­ing its com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion strat­egy to be­come prof­itable, it said yes­ter­day.

“Ev­ery­thing is on track and we will soon be mak­ing pre­sen­ta­tions to the MEC of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment, Tourism and En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs [EDTEA],” Ezemvelo spokesper­son Musa Mn­tambo said.

Mn­tambo was re­act­ing to a DA claim that the loss-mak­ing en­tity lacked peo­ple with the skills to turn the or­gan­i­sa­tion around.

DA pro­vin­cial en­vi­ron­men­tal af­fairs spokesper­son Fran­cois Rodgers had blamed Ezemvelo’s woes on poor lead­er­ship. “The DA calls on KZN Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment, Tourism and En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs MEC Sihle Zikalala to im­me­di­ately re­call and re­move the en­tire Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Board fol­low­ing ev­i­dence of poor lead­er­ship and a dearth of knowl­edge when it comes to the com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of the en­tity,” Rodgers said in a state­ment.

Ezemvelo is strug­gling to keep its head above the wa­ter, with 83% of its en­tire bud­get go­ing to­wards the pay­ment of staff salaries.

“The DA has now called for the province’s EDTEA to sup­ply a copy of its Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing with the Ezemvelo Board and its man­date on the com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion strat­egy.

“We ex­pect MEC Zikalala to fa­cil­i­tate this process in the in­ter­ests of trans­parency,” Rodgers said.

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