Mr Khetha Zulu originates from KwaDukuza, KZN North Coast but now based on the South Coast where he is working. He is married to Lungile (maZimba) and blessed with 3 kids (Smilesihle, Sisekelo and Thandolwenkosi).

Currently he is working for Ray Nkonyeni Municipality as Head of Department: Strategic Planning and Governance since 2012. This department can be categorised into 4 elements: strategic planning, governance, communications and protocol, as well as outreach. Some of the key deliverables expected in his portfolio include: the Integrated Development Plan; Service Delivery and Budget Implementation Plan; Performance Contracts and their Reviews; Annual Report; Risk Register; Anti-fraud and Corruption Strategy; HIV and AIDS implementation plan and its monitoring; Public Participation Strategy; Establishment and management of Ward Committees; Media presence management; Communications Plan and Procedures; Protocol Procedures; Complaints Management System; Youth Development and empowerment initiatives for vulnerable groups.

Mr Zulu obtained a Master’s Degree in Town and Regional Planning from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a Master of Commerce in Leadership Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a Certificate in Municipal Finance Management Programme from the University of Pretoria, a Certificate in Ethics Programme from the University of Stellenbosch, and a Certificate in Thought Leadership for Africa’s Renewal with Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute.

He has 17 years of experience as a civil servant and in all those years dealing with town and regional planning related work either at coalface or management level. 10 years of this work experience was at executive management including a stint as a Municipal Manager. He started town and regional planning work from entry level as an Assistant Town and Regional Planner and spent few years early on in his career focusing on spatial planning and land administration. Few years later he moved to strategic/forward planning focus, starting off as a Manager responsible for strategic planning at a municipality to being a Head of Department responsible amongst other functions, strategic planning. In the 17 years he has worked for KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs based in Durban, National Department of Public Works based in Pretoria, Ugu District Municipality, Hibiscus Coast Municipality, Ezinqoleni Municipality and now Ray Nkonyeni Municipality all in the KZN South Coast. One of his career highlights was presenting a conference paper at the 52nd Conference of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) held in Durban, South Africa in October 2016.

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