Stella Khumalo, chief executive of uShaka Marine World recently took top honours in the government section of the Durban Businesswomen’s Association Regional Business Achiever Awards 2016 as well as received a number of awards regionally, nationally as well as internationally on behalf of the park, since taking hold of the reigns.
AS CEO, she continuously aims to make a difference. Being head of uShaka Marine World means ensuring that this ship and a staff complement of 500, remains buoyant, continues to sail smoothly and reaches new waters that it has not reached before. She also ensures that uShaka Marine World 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.
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 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.
Prior to uShaka Marine World, she was the CEO of the KZN Liquor Authority and head of Department at the Provincial Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism.
Two years spent as Chief Director / General Manager of Tourism and Corporate Strategy was preceded by nearly five years in various positions within the Department of Education as well as various positions in local schools during the early part of her career.
Mrs Khumalo remains passionate about improving the culture of learning and teaching in South Africa and dedicates her spare time to a NPO she founded called the Stella Educational Foundation that was set up to empower, support and mentor youth.
She also serves as mentor coordinator in the CDWL programme run by Zen-Africa Academy, to empower potential and current women leaders and is President of the Catholic Women’s League at Mpumalanga Roman Catholic Parish.