David Mabunda
David Mabunda
ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Sihle Zikalala   Photo: ANA Pictures
ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Sihle Zikalala Photo: ANA Pictures

DURBAN - Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife Chief Executive Officer Dr David Mabunda has resigned from office.

Sihle Zikalala, MEC for Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs, said that he is regretfully accepts Mabunda's resignation because of the great record that Mabunda has at Ezemvelo. 

Mabunda was first appointed Acting CEO in 2014 before his psoition as Acting CEO was extended into a three year contract in 2015. The MEC praised Mabunda for his work performance at Ezemvelo, particularly for stabilising Ezemvelo and putting corporate governance on the right track.

In the interim Biodiversity Conservation Managing Executive Bhekisisa Khoza will be Acting CEO and Khoza was commended for accepting the position. The MEC said that Khoza has enough skills to do well within the Acting CEO position because he has over 30 years experience at Ezemvelo.

Zikalala further added that that they would immediately start looking for someone to fill the position of permanent CEO to ensure that the organisation has stability. MEC ZIkalala also released plans of merging the Sharks Board and Ezemvelo this year. The merger will be set to take place before December 2018. The plan was brought forward as a part of a rationalisation strategy for provincial public bodies.

This past week the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife appeared before committee members of the financial portfolio in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial body where concerns about their financial performance was voiced.

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