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The KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Board - “the Board” - is a Schedule 3C public entity reporting to the KZN Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs. The Board is the Accounting Authority.

The mandate of the Board is derived from the KwaZulu–Natal Conservation Management Act (No. 9 of 1997) read in conjunction with the Public Finance Management Act (No. 1 of 1999)

The same act created the KwaZulu–Natal Nature Conservation Service - “the Service” - which is the infrastructural entity required to support the Board members in carrying out their mandate. For trading and branding purposes the name Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (Ezemvelo) was registered as a trademark, and has become the brand name of the organization.

Executive Committee (EXCO)

The Executive Committee (EXCO), under the leadership of the Chief Executive Officer, consists of the Managing executive Human Resources, General Manager: Strategy, Managing Executive-Ecotourism Services, Managing Executive-Biodiversity Conservation, Managing Executive-Corporate Support Services, Managing Executive-Internal Audit and the Chief Financial Officer.

It is through EXCO that the business of the Board is driven. EXCO develops strategy, refines it and delivers in a way to ensure implementation and achievement of business plans. EXCO ensures best practice implementation throughout the organisation and supports the board by

  • Leading the business clusters of the organization in accordance with organizational strategy and objectives;

  • Establishing, coordinating and maintaining clear directives in terms of strategy, standards, guidelines, policies and procedures; Ensuring attainment of business plans, performance targets and monitoring and evaluation of deliverables;
  • Exercising appropriate governance principles and quality assurance activities to identify and mitigate operational risk;
  • Ensuring effective integration, consultation and communication of inputs across business units, business partners and service providers.


The EXCO is structured in clusters as follows, The Administration Cluster, Biodiversity Conservation Cluster, Eco-Tourism Cluster and Corporate Support Service Cluster.
  • Administration Cluster

    Administration includes operations that report directly to the Chief Executive Officer, in consultation with the Accounting Authority (Ezemvelo Board) and the Executive Committee, administration ensures efficient implementation of the visionary framework and the achievement of the strategic plan and goals.
  • Biodiversity Conservation Cluster

    The Biodiversity Conservation Cluster is responsible for: Biodiversity Management and Scientific Services. It ensures that implementation of conservation activities takes place within the framework of the organisational strategy, legislative prescripts and international conventions.
  • Eco-Tourism Cluster

    The Eco-Tourism Cluster raises revenue and generates profits by leveraging ecotourism strengths without compromising either environmental integrity or the biodiversity responsibility of the organisation. The cluster generates revenue from accommodation at the camps, concessions, guest activities in protected areas, resale of facilities, natural resource trade and permits. This Cluster is also responsible for business development which includes marketing and advertising, public/private partnerships and socio-economic contributions in the form of leases, joint ventures, outsourcing and collection of community levy funds.
  • Corporate Support Services Cluster

    The Corporate Services Cluster provides the support function to the core business units. This cluster comprises of Human Resources, Technical Services, Information Technology and Legal Services. These functions are performed according to the cluster service model which are based on the Total Quality Management system.

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