King Cetshwayo District Mayor Ntombenhle Nomfundo Penelope Mkhulisi is a dynamic leader with a passion for people.

Being approachable and down-to-earth is one of her most endearing qualities, but it cannot be mistaken for weakness.

A strong fighter for what is morally correct, she strives for good governance and has an aversion to corruptive tendencies. The Mayor aims to come closer to all stakeholders and improve communication with the citizens of the district.

Mayor Mkhulisi has been working in government since 2009 when she served as a Member of Parliament. In 2014 she moved to the KZN Legislature, where she served until August 2015 when she joined King Cetshwayo District Council as the Deputy Mayor.

Prior to her political career, she started her working career as a teacher, armed with a degree and diploma in Education. She was a teacher for 19 years, of which she was a principal for 12 years.

A vociferous campaigner of human rights, she was a member of SADTU, Chairperson of the Education Bargaining Council  and a gender activist of note, also leading programmes on HIV/AIDS.

Cllr Mkhulisi is a single mother to Simphiwe, but is part of a big family. She is blessed to have her mother with her and the family comes from the remote area of Mfanefile in the Mthonjaneni area.

Issues that the Mayor will be prioritizing within the Council:

·         Strengthening Infrastructural Development

·         Community Development – changing lives

·         Local Economic Development inclusive of Rural Economic Development Strategy - Skills Development.

·         Create more jobs – Youth, Women & Disabled

·         Pillars of Agriculture (Agriparks, Food Processing)

She is the Chairperson of the following committees:

·         Financial Services Portfolio Committee

·         Executive Committee

·         District Intergovernmental (Mayor’s IGR) Forum

She is also an active participant in the Section 79 Committee: Performance Management.




The members of the King Cetshwayo District Executive Committee are:

·         Mayor Cllr NNP Mkhulisi

·         Deputy Mayor Cllr AH Mthembu

·         Cllr JD Vilakazi

·         Cllr CPG Cele

·         Cllr TVB Mchunu

·         Cllr X Ngwezi

·         Cllr IJ Naidoo

·     -          Cllr PG Dlolane