Zulu royal family to donate new mobile network proceeds to rural communities
Family spokesperson Prince Thulani Zulu said the desire to see rural communities develop had motivated Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini to start his new Bayede mobile network.
DURBAN - The Zulu royal household on Friday said that proceeds from its new mobile network business would be invested back into the rural communities it had targeted as a market.
The family has often come under fire due to the king's lavish lifestyle and millions of rands that the state pays annually to sustain him.
[WATCH] Preparations are underway to ‘activate’ the network. The King has partnered with business tycoon Roux Shabangu in the venture. The network is set to leverage on existing infrastructure from Cell C and benefit from the partnership that CellC has with MTN. @NkoRaphael pic.twitter.com/fW0BL23xDn— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) November 1, 2019
Family spokesperson Prince Thulani Zulu told Eyewitness News that the family was making a bid to protect its name and to show that it cared about its subjects.
Zulu said the desire to see rural communities develop had motivated Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini to start his new Bayede mobile network.
“The more people buy SIM cards, the more people use the network… and the profit that’s going to be made there, we’re going to start projects and ask the community in different areas what projects they want, then that project will be provided.”
Zulu Royal Family spokesperson, Prince Thulani Zulu says despite challenges facing the mobile telecommunications industry, the family is confident this its mobile network will succeed. @NkoRaphael pic.twitter.com/0x61Zuyc27— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) November 1, 2019
Reports said the mobile telecommunications industry was struggling, with MTN having to write off Cell C’s debt of over R200 million two months ago.
However, Zulu said they were not deterred by this and they were confident that their business would succeed.
The family said it would evaluate the mobile network's reception in Nongoma before branching out to other towns and villages.