Article about NYDA ‘unfair’

2011-10-10 15:12

The City Press article of September 18 titled, Welcome Aboard the Gravy Train, presents the National Youth Development Agency as an organisation that overpays its employees and “exclusively employs ANC Youth League cadres”.

Although correct information was provided to the writer, the newspaper’s article still concludes that agency staff earned an average salary of R517 000 each during this financial year, making it the second highest paying government institution.

This assertion is not only incorrect, but is dangerously misleading to the public and particularly young South Africans whose interests the agency?represents.

The fact is that the agency employs 433 people earning an average of R322 269 a year, and not the average of R517 000 as reported in the article.
We arrive at this average salary based on the fact that in the 2010/2011 financial year the organisation spent R139 542 531 including salaries, performance bonuses and travel reimbursements, on 433 people.

It is also important to note that the total employee cost budget for the financial year was R135?million as per budget submitted to the national Treasury.

The 433 people mentioned include 363 permanent administrative staff, two temporary employees, seven board members and 61 provincial advisory board members from all nine provinces.

It should also be noted that the total income budget for the agency for the 2010/2011 financial year was R426?million. This means that the ratio of the employee costs against the total income budget is 33%.

As part of strengthening its internal capacity and ability to deliver on its mandate, the agency has brought on board a group of skilled young people as its chief operations, chief financial officers and executive managers.

The newly-appointed staff bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise, which will boost the agency’s capacity to effectively implement its mandate.

The process for the appointment of the new recruits was transparent and involved competency assessments by independent assessors and interviews with external panellists including people from the Presidency, national Treasury, public service and administration department, Government Employees Medical Scheme, Quest (a recruitment company) and an independent human resource specialist.

The geographic representivity, qualifications, age and experience of the candidates were considered in the appointment process.

The salaries of the new executives, as with all agency staff salaries, are in line with national Treasury guidelines.

These salaries average R322 269 each year placing the agency in the bottom two of the “highest paid” government agencies if you use the research provided by City Press.

If it happens that some of these executives or any of the organisation’s staff members are ANC Youth League aligned it would not be surprising.

Judging by the number of young people who voted for the ANC at the last two elections, you would be hard-pressed to find a ­­non-biased young person in the country.

The agency’s equity plan shows that we employ:
» 31 senior managers;
» 72 professionals and specialists;
» 85 skilled; and
» 177 semi-skilled and unskilled employees.
It is a fact that the staff complement of the agency is by and large composed of former Umsobomvu Youth Fund and National Youth Commission staff members.
» Letter shortened. Editor


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