The Board

In terms of the Ingonyama Trust Act as amended the Board is constituted  of nine (9) members as follows. His Majesty the King or his or her nominee who is the chairperson of the Board. Four (4) members of the Board are appointed by the responsible Minister after consultation with His Majesty the King, the Premier and the chairperson of the House of Traditional Leaders of KwaZulu – Natal. The other four (4) members of the Board are appointed with due regard to regional interests in consultation with the Premier, His Majesty the King and the chairperson of the House of Traditional Leaders. The term of office of these members is four (4) years but they are eligible for further appointment. The Vice Chairperson of the Board is appointed by the Minister after recommendation by the Board.

HMTKHis Majesty is the sole trustee and chairperson of the Board. He has been Monarch of the Zulu Nation since 1971. In addition to his official duties he is patron of several charities and organizations notably the Bayethe Foundation which focuses on combating HIV / AIDS particularly amongst the youth.

JUDGENGWENYAJudge Sipho Jerome Ngwenya acts as Chairperson of the Board when His Majesty is not available and he is also the Chairperson of the Board’s Exco. He has written a number of judgements on various aspects of the law one of which dealing with the status of African women within South African law specifically on the rights of inheritance. He is also the Chairperson of the Mangosuthu University of Technology Council.

WERRAUBENHEIMERRobin Raubenheimer was born and grew up in Pietermaritzburg. Having left school with a standard 8 certificate (Grade 10), he obtained his matric and university qualifications by part-time studies. He was a civil servant all his career retiring as KZN Superintendant-General / Head: Local Government and Traditional Affairs. He is active in the Anglican Church and holds the Order of the Holy Nativity.

JBHENGUJabu Bhengu was born and raised in Pietermaritzburg, KZN. She is a qualified teacher with a BA (Hons) degree and an advanced University Diploma in Information Studies. She has worked in the Education, Training and Development fields in different departments and organisations she is presently retired from the public service.

MSMBATHATshitshi Mbatha was born and raised in KwaZulu-Natal. She holds a PHD in Social Welfare Policy from Brandeis University in U.S.A. She is a director of the Centre for Development Research and Facilitation.

BABAMSHENGUBhekani Leonard Shabalala was born in Ladysmith KZN. He holds a BA degree from UNISA, majoring in Public and Development Administration. He has been a civil servant all his working life and is presently employed as a General Manager in the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

VZMNGWENGWEAdvocate Vela Zimele Mngwengwe has extensive experience in land reform with a track record from the province of KZN being a district manager for the erstwhile Department of Land Affairs. He is now based at the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Headquarters in Pretoria.