MUNICIPAL AWARD - uShaka Marine World
THE WINNER IS ...
uShaka Marine World
Situated on Durbanâ€™s Golden Mile just outside the entrance to Africaâ€™s busiest port, uShaka Marine World is an anchor attraction to both the province of KwaZulu-Natal and the city of Durban. As the largest marine theme park in Africa and home to the largest aquarium in the southern hemisphere, it offers an incomparable and unique experience for local as well as international tourists and sets important benchmarks which contribute towards the broader development of the tourism sector in KZN.
This year uShaka Marine World has come third as the coolest local entertainment destination by Sunday Times Generation NEXT by public vote, won the highly commended employer of choice award in the Public sector category by Future HR Awards, and now has a place in the TRIPADVISOR 2019 Hall of Fame 2019 â€“ an honour that is only bestowed on businesses that have won the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row and have received consistently good reviews on the worldâ€™s largest travel site.
Philip Sithole, Deputy City Manager for Economic Development and Cluster in eThekwini Municipality praised the strong leadership and board management at uShaka Marine World for maintaining the facilityâ€™s high standards. â€œWithout them, uShaka wouldnâ€™t be where it is today, and still continuing to grow and attracting international tourists. We also want to thank the continuous engagement of the patrons who also ensure the sustainability of the entity,â€ he said. Dr Stella Khumalo, Chief Executive Officer of uShaka Marine World, said the awards were a great accolade not just for uShaka, but for eThekwini Municipality as well. â€œIt was the City that had the vision to invest in uShaka Marine World, using it as a catalyst for growth in the area. Even after more than 15 years, it is a great pat on the back to receive these awards, as it means that we are doing it right, and the City made a good investment,â€ said Dr Khumalo. She added that the awards were also an acknowledgment of the dedication displayed by the work done by uShakaâ€™s 500 staff members, who despite challenging economic conditions still put on a smile and give guests the â€œThe unlimited funâ€ that is promised to visitors. Â¡