What is Ingonyama Trust Board?

The Ingonyama Trust Board is a Schedule 3A public entity reporting to the National Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) as an Executive Authority and derives its mandate from the KwaZulu – Natal Ingonyama Trust Act as amended. The Board consists of eight (8) Board members appointed by the National Minister of the Rural Development and Land Reform in consultation with His Majesty the King, the KZN Premier and the Chairperson of the Provincial House of Traditional Leadership in KwaZulu – Natal.

When and why was the Board established?

With the amendment of Ingonyama Trust Act, the Board was established and started operating on the 2 October 1998. The reason for the establishment of the Board was for it to execute the mandate of the Trust and administer to Trust affairs as well as to formulate and implement policies towards an effective land management system.

What is the terms of office of the Board members?

The Ingonyama Trust Act, as amended, provides for the National Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform to appoint eight (8) Board members for a term of office of four (4) years.

How does the Board function?

In order to carry its mandate the board is assisted by various committees such as the Audit Committee, the Executive Committee, the Bid Adjudication Committee and the Secretariat. The Secretariat as an administrative wing of the Board has the following sections, Office of the Head of Secretariat, Real Estate Management, Finance Administration and General Administration.

What are the administrative processes involved in approving leases?

After the land has been allocated to the applicant by the Traditional Council, the applicant has to complete the ITB1 lease application form and the Traditional Council grants him/her consent through the completion of ITB2 consent forms. In some instances a letter from the Municipality is required to confirm that there is no objection to the building of such structure or facility and that it complies with the relevant regulations and the IDP. ITB then sends surveyors to perform a survey on the site and plot it on a map. The application is then submitted to the Executive Committee for further consideration.

How does the Board interact with amaKhosi and other stakeholders?

There are many ways in which the Board interacts with amaKhosi and other stakeholders. These include but not limited to meetings, visits to amaKhosi, telephonic conversations, fax, email and the website.