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By Sapa | Aug 11, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 28 ]

President Jacob Zuma's architect has also landed the deal to design Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's eighth palace, the Sunday Tribune newspaper reported.

While Minenhle Makhanya's fees for the KwaNobamba palace near Ulundi are not known, the chairman of the Royal Household Trust, Jerome Ngwenya, was quoted as saying that the project would be financed by private investors working with the King's son Prince Butho, who has petroleum interests in Equatorial Guinea.

"It's private Zulu royal family funds paying for this. The government will have no involvement in funding the proposed palace," Ngwenya was quoted as saying.

Building still needs the approval of the department of environmental affairs as well as Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife because the planned palace is located in the eMakhosini Ophathe Heritage Park.

Makhanya made headlines after it was revealed in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on Zuma's home in Nkandla that he made R16.5 million out of the R246 million Nkandla project.

He did not have to compete in any tender for the project.

King Zwelithini made headlines in May when it was revealed that the KwaZulu-Natal department of arts and culture had set aside R300m for his Enyokeni Palace in Nongoma where accommodation facilities will be built for the thousands of maidens who attend the annual reed dance.

King Zwelithini receives R63 million a year from the provincial treasury.


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Not surprised because you are related to ZUMA. mmxmxmxmxmxm.

Aug 11, 2014 7:47 | 0 replies


Mxm tribe of thieves

Aug 11, 2014 7:49 | 0 replies


President Jacob Zuma's architect has also landed the deal to design Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's eighth palace, the Sunday Tribune newspaper reported xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx We all know zwelithini south africas richest King , He is favoured by zuma because he is Zulu from KZN , Zuma does not attend other Kings wedding except Kwazulu natal kings , Zuma is Tribalist like Zwelithini , They must enjoy the freedom while we are struggling Paying etolls , Taxes and Petrol and other expenses

Aug 11, 2014 7:57 | 1 replies


What are you on about now mfana wempondo? Hlukana namakhosi ethu. Nakana nalena eyangakini esanganiswa yinsangu ogama layo kungu-Buyelejele Dalinsangu(Maps, August 2014:1)

Aug 11, 2014 10:37 | 1 replies
Aug 11, 2014 12:40 | 0 replies


Ag disgusting!

Aug 11, 2014 8:2 | 1 replies


Disgusting just like you. Ag sies maam madala....

Aug 11, 2014 10:38 | 1 replies


Whatever, Racist.

Aug 11, 2014 10:54 | 0 replies


we also heard that there was an FNB home loan for Nkandla, which the bank later denied, and the FNB loan account was said in Parliament, we wont be shocked if the private investor is actually Public Works Ministry.

Aug 11, 2014 8:36 | 1 replies


well it is public works no doubt about it!!

Aug 11, 2014 10:32 | 0 replies


What is the story here? Should this poor architect be continually hounded by our hating white media in this fashion? Cry My Beloved Mzansi!!!

Aug 11, 2014 10:39 | 1 replies


Because he doesn't go through the normal tender processes. Can't you read?

Aug 11, 2014 10:54 | 0 replies


King Zwelithini receives R63 million a year from the provincial treasury xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Other Kings from other tribes are receiving less than a million a year

Aug 11, 2014 10:44 | 2 replies


But other kings don't enjoy the same status as King Zwelithini. How do you then expect them to get the same salary and benefits? Never mind recognition.

Aug 11, 2014 11:6 | 0 replies


Because there are no citizens in South Africa, we are all subjects, we have no say, the only time we have a say is when we vote and we who want a real change get drowned by those who hate change, who want to keep the status quo by voting for the ANC. If you vote for the ANC, you are voting for maintaining Zwelithini and the continuation of corruption.

Aug 11, 2014 2:32 | 0 replies


cha! Believe what you want to believe. The paper said that it will be funded by private investors and as for me, I dont have a problem with that.

Aug 11, 2014 12:31 | 2 replies


In SA, private investors are tax payers, I can bet my last rand on that, wanna bet?

Aug 11, 2014 12:45 | 0 replies


Even Zuma's palace was built by family funds remember? It is all lies, the money comes from our tax. These basta#rds do lie and even when they know that their lies will be exposed, because they know that they are above the law. South Africa is a useless country focusing on stupidity instead of developing things that matter. This country belongs to the ANC and the CONTRALESA, all of us are just subjects, whether you like it or not. We have no say in the matters that affects our well being.

Aug 11, 2014 2:26 | 0 replies


This Zulus are disrespecting the nation. Only Natal must fund their king. I don't a Zulu king. mmxmxmxmxmxm.

Aug 11, 2014 1:10 | 1 replies


This Zulus are disrespecting the nation. Only Natal must fund their king. I don't have a Zulu king. mmxmxmxmxmxm

Aug 11, 2014 1:10 | 2 replies



Aug 11, 2014 1:34 | 0 replies


Mahlangu I understand where you are coming from but I am a Zulu speaking South African and I am not in support of monarchy. My suggestion is simple, all those who support and cherish this ancient type or rule that is oppressive and exploitive must pay monarchy tax and all those who against monarchy monarchy tax must not be deducted from them. I have no king or chief, it is enough to pay for a stupid president and its cabinet and no more.

Aug 11, 2014 2:18 | 0 replies



Aug 11, 2014 1:36 | 1 replies


Hawu! cha s.cold nisidla simile manje.

Aug 11, 2014 2:38 | 1 replies



Aug 11, 2014 3:25 | 0 replies


This country is really useless. I am a citizen of a useless country full stop. Money is wasted by fat thiefs on fat thiefs with the help of starving voters.

Aug 11, 2014 2:13 | 0 replies