The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry goes into its annual general meet on Monday in what has been described as a full-blown "crisis". In the last six months, every member of the seven-member board — except outgoing chamber Zeph Ndlovu and ex-officio member CEO Dumile Cele — has resigned, many citing weak leadership, stifling of differing views, failure to host regular meetings, and inadequately investigating allegations of "serious" financial irregularities. Several prominent council members have also since resigned, most for the same reasons. The chamber has about 2,900 members. On Friday morning, Ndlovu, while adamant that there was "no crisis at all", confirmed that "only" a quarter of the chamber‘s council — eight of the 32 members – had resigned. He said their reasons ranged from personal commitments, illness and "personal gripes". "The chamber remains intact, there is no exodus that has taken place," he maintained. However, Business Times has been given copies of some o...

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