Poorly run Ezemvelo ‘working on strategy to become profitable’
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.