Thabiso Goba
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28 Jul 2022
06:47

Nzama appointed new UShaka board chair

Thabiso Goba

Nzama will be charged with the responsibilities of turning around the financial woes of the municipality-owned entity from August 1.

Mxolisi Kaunda, eThekwini Municipality Mayor, visiting the uShaka Marine Theme Park along with the city’s executive committee members.

Professor Thandi Nzama has been appointed as the new board chairperson of Durban’s uShaka Marine Theme Park. Nzama is a full time professor at the University of Zululand in the Department of Recreation and Tourism.

She also serves as the deputy dean of teaching and learning in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the same university.

Nzama will be charged with the responsibilities of turning around the financial woes of the municipality-owned entity from August 1. Mxolisi Kaunda, eThekwini Municipality mayor, said Nzama will be a welcome addition to the entity.

Since Professor Nzama is no stranger to this entity as she became its board member in 2020, she will be able to hit the ground running. She brings with her considerable experience, having served on boards of various government entities, some of which include KwaZulu-Natal Ezemvelo Wildlife, Ilembe Enterprise, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, and Isimangaliso Wetland Park

On Tuesday, the eThekwini executive committee, led by the mayor, visited uShaka to assess the facility and to receive details on how the board aims to turn around the entity’s financial troubles.

uShaka, which also houses the South African Association for Marine Biological Research, has been facing financial constraints throughout the Covid-19 period and has required bailouts from the municipality.

“The visit to uShaka was also meant to ascertain if the interventions the board and the management have put in place to turn around the entity are yielding positive results,” reads a statement from the municipality.

uShaka’s chief executive officer Ndabezitha Khoza presented the Exco members with a report of the entity together with a feasibility study and a turnaround strategy. These will be deliberated at a future Exco meeting.