STATEMENT FROM CHAIRMAN OF THE KZNSB BOARD
KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence Board Chairman, Mr. Sipho Mkhize.
It is important to note that we subscribe to and firmly work by our CORE VALUES which are:
- PASSION AND DEDICATION OF STAFF:
Commitment to the achievement of shared goals from the initiation stage through to completion within a healthy working environment. This brings us today where we have come to gather and recognize excellence in our people, the staff members whom are our very great asset.
- GOOD GOVERNANCE/INTEGRITY:
We believe in good clean corporate governance as evidenced by constant unqualified audit opinions from the AGSA since 2000. This point is amplified by our two Clean Audit Opinions from the AGSA in 2012/13 and again in 2015/16.
Creating and maintaining shared goals and working together towards improving service delivery.
We believe in Innovation. In this regard we are vigorously pursuing the Shark Repellent Technology as part of our efforts to protecting bathers from shark attack with minimal impact on the environment. Further field testing of the shark repellent cable continues. This augurs well for Eco-Tourism and Beach Tourism in particular.
Commitment to perform at our best in the provision of the services we offer and doing things right the first time around.
Personal and team commitment to perform at best practice levels in all undertakings. And last but not least,
Enhancing interdependence and cordial relations premised in the humility of giving respect to all irrespective of level.
As we may all be aware the core mandate of the KZN Sharks Board is the protection of the bathers against shark attacks. This mandate is fulfilled through the installation and maintenance of shark safety gear, deployed at sea to prevent shark attacks at 37 protected beaches along the KZN coastline. The entity continued its research work into non-lethal means of protecting bathers in the form of shark repellent technology.
As part of its extended mandate, KZN Sharks Board has expanded in order to respond to changes in the province’s economy – The entity has been directed to incorporate and focus on maritime skills development as part of its extended mandate through its the Maritime Centre of Excellence. The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board designs, develops, partners and delivers nationally and internationally recognized maritime qualifications. A total of 505 learners were trained in 2015/16 financial year. A graduation ceremony was held on the 20th of November 2015, attended by several captains of industry, potential employers, accreditation and quality assurance bodies, local and provincial government representatives, sponsors, stakeholders and specialist collaboration partners.
The Chief Executive Officer of the KZN Sharks Board is responsible for the administrative direction and financial management of the KZN Sharks Board in accordance with the Public Finance Management Act. Pursuant to that obligation, we are pleased to note that the KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board has once again received a Clean Audit Report from the Auditor-General of South Africa.
We therefore wish to record our appreciation and gratitude to the Honorable MEC, CEO, Management Team and staff for their continued dedication and commitment to delivering and discharging our legislated public mandate in a responsible manner.
Mr. Sipho Mkhize
KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence