uShaka Marine World CEO, Stella Khumalo, took top honours in the government section of the Durban Businesswomen’s Association Regional Business Achiever Awards this past Friday – reinforcing her achievements at the helm of Africa’s largest marine theme park.
Upon acceptance of her award at the gala dinner on Friday, 29 July 2016 at the Durban ICC, Mrs Khumalo thanked both her team at uShaka for delivering world class service on the ground, and the uShaka Board for their unwavering support.
“As CEO, I aim to continuously make a difference. Being head of uShaka Marine World means ensuring that this ship remains buoyant, continues to sail smoothly and reaches new waters that it has not reached before. I want to ensure that uShaka continues to grow in stature and further entrenches itself as one of the leading edu-tainment and tourist destinations in eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa,” she said.
Mrs Khumalo provides strategic management and leadership to a staff complement of 500. Under her tenure, uShaka has displayed a commitment to sound financial management and good corporate governance, which resulted in a clean audit, during the past financial year.
During her career, Mrs Khumalo has focused on three key areas - education, tourism and assisting the previously disadvantaged.
After matriculating at St. Francis College, Marianhill, she went on to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Zululand, majoring in zoology, botany and biochemistry. She followed with a Higher Education Diploma from the University of South Africa, a Bachelor of Education at the University of Zululand and a Diploma in Human Resource Management through the then University of Natal.
She completed a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Natal, specialising in strategic planning in 2004.
She is currently studying towards a doctorate in Business Administration at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her thesis will explore critical factors that impact on corporate governance and schedule 3 state-owned enterprises in KwaZulu-Natal.
Mrs Khumalo took up the position as CEO of uShaka Marine World in June 2014. Prior to that, she was the CEO of the KZN Liquor Authority and head of Department at the Provincial Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism.