KwaZulu Natal- Amazulu king, Misuzulu KaZwelithini is expected to receive his first annual budget allocation from the KwaZulu Natal government. An allocation of R66 074 million has been allocated for the royal household sub-programme.
Sihle Zikalala, Premier delivered the provincial budget vote at the Pitermaritzburg Legislature on Friday, 14 May. This comes after the Premier held his inaugural meeting with the new King on Thursday, 13 May. The meeting was about the coronation and budgeting for the Zulu Royal house.
During his address, Zikalala said “this budget is allocated for activities which includes among other things, the hosting of annual traditional and cultural to preserve Zulu culture as well as the hosting of the heritage events such as the King’s coronation day, prayer day events. By mid-year and eight events which were coordinated by the office of the Premier while six events are planned for the remainder of the year.”
It was reported that the royal house was previously ordered to initiate revenue-generating activities in order for it to be self-sufficient. The subsistence of the Zulu Royal House includes a 24-hour-security, general welfare of eight palaces and hosting of annual cultural events, including the Reed dance, uMkhosi Wesivivane and the King Shaka Commemoration Day.