NYDA bosses spent R250 000 on New York jaunt

2011-11-29 07:07

Three National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) bosses spent about R250 000 during a six-day visit to the United Nations in New York.

Chairperson Andile Lungisa, chief executive Steven Ngobeni, and international relations and partnerships head Sakkie Moshapo attended the two-day UN High-Level Meeting on Youth in July.

The officials spent six days while attending a meeting held on July 25 to 26, comprised of two informal interactive thematic panel discussions on July 25 and two plenary meetings the following day.

The trio spent R180 023 on travel, R51 040 on accommodation and R17 894.15 in daily allowances.

The total bill for the trip was R248 957.15, according to a Parliamentary reply by Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane.

Chabane was responding to questions by former DA Parliamentary leader Athol Trollip.

“The representatives were selected by the NYDA because of their various responsibilities ... to form part of the delegation,” Chabane said.

Earlier this month, the youth wings of the IFP and Cope called for a national youth ministry to replace the NYDA.

Attempts to contact Lungisa and Ngobeni were unsuccessful, while Trollip did not respond to requests for comment.

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