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News: Stella Khumalo, CEO of uShaka Marine World

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Chief executive officer of uShaka Marine World, Mrs. Stella Khumalo, approaches her responsibilities as CEO of Africa's largest marine theme park with commitment; professionalism and passion. She has worked hard to ensure that uShaka has maintained its position as one of South Africa and KZN's leading edu-tainment and tourist destinations. As the CEO, she assumes overall responsibility for the financial and administrative management of the Durban Marine Theme Park ensuring good corporate governance across all the business units of the entity. As such, she is extremely proud that this entity has consistently received clean audit reports under her watch and has also been presented with a number of awards for excellent customer service.

Throughout her career, she has embraced three key areas that undoubtedly impact positively on uShaka Marine World – education, tourism and good corporate governance within the public sector.

Her tertiary qualifications include a Bachelor of Science from the University of Zululand, a Higher Education Diploma from the University of South Africa and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Zululand. She followed these with a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from the then University of Natal. We would also like to congratulate her on recently completing a Doctorate in Business Administration (PhD) at the University of KwaZulu Natal.

She began her career as a teacher, working her way up to various appointments in the Department of Education. She was appointed Chief Director for Tourism Development in Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism in 2005 and went on to become Head of Department in 2007 before being appointed Chief Executive Officer of the ground breaking KZN Liquor Authority in 2012. She joined uShaka Marine World as CEO in 2016.