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Media 'not interested' in youth issues

2011-05-30 14:17

Pretoria - National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) chairperson Andile Lungisa on Monday lamented the media's "lack of interest" in covering youth issues, saying it was "more attracted by the burning of tables".

"I'm not Miss South Africa so I can't attract media, we must burn tables for the media to be interested," Lungisa said in Pretoria at the launch of the youth month programme.

This was after a question was raised about the lack of NYDA visibility and awareness, particularly in townships.

Lungisa said the media was partly to blame as it did not cover many of NYDA's projects, particularly e.tv.

He further urged the media to be more committed to youth development.

New strategies

Minister in the Presidency, Collins Chabane, admitted the Agency was not making an impact on the youth as indicated by feedback received.

He said there were plans to expand the organisation's reach.

"We will work on new strategies so that people can know about its existence and services. People do not know, we've noted that and we will work on it."

It was also revealed at the briefing that the current budget allocated to the agency for the current financial was R380m.

Chabane explained that the National Treasury used the fund allocation for the youth commission and Umsobomvu as a basis to determine the budget for the NYDA.

"We don't have money at all times to do what we want to do...if the money is not sufficient, projects could be postponed or suspended until resources are available."

35 years since Soweto uprising

Inclusive of the June youth programmes under the theme "Youth Action for Economic Freedom in Our Lifetime" , is the June 16 celebrations at Orlando stadium commemorating the 35th anniversary of the 1976 Soweto uprising.

President Jacob Zuma would be the main speaker there. Chabane said this year's youth month programme took place within the context of government's declaration of 2011 as the year of job creation and was consistent with the struggles of unemployment and poverty faced by the youth in South Africa and those abroad.

"It is consistent with the government's commitment of meaningful economic transformation and inclusive growth towards the total eradication of poverty and towards the development of the South African community," he said.

June 16 also marks the second anniversary of the establishment of the NYDA.

Moving forward, Lungisa said NYDA intended expanding the satellite offices from 114 to 280.

Chabane said the agency had facilitated youth access to business funding to the value of R64.4m and this business funding had been issued to youth-owned enterprises supporting 31 000 young entrepreneurs with business loan finance.

As part of its contribution to job creation the NYDA had for the past two years sustained closed to 60 000 jobs through various initiatives, Chabane said.

Youth festival

The Youth Agency came under spotlight with its hosting of the international youth festival in December. It had been allocated R75m and incurred expenses of over R100m. The festival report detailing expenses has since not been made public.

Chabane said it first had to go through Cabinet.

Lungisa said all the expenses incurred at the festival had been paid.

"The youth festival is history, we are focusing on other things now."

Comments
  • Oppressor - 2011-05-30 14:23

    Blame the media, blame Apartheid, blame the white man blame blame blame anyone except yourselves you pathetic useless bunch of idiots.

      saabnut - 2011-05-30 14:59

      I am also not interested in supporting a bunch of drunken, promiscuous, bigoted goons blowing R100 million of taxpayers' hard earned money because they think they are entitled to, as their leaders do.

      saabnut - 2011-05-30 15:01

      Secondly ,perhaps if the ANCYL spent their time doing something constructive and not destroying toilet enclosures, they may just get the positive response they are so arrogantly demanding. Move over- it's my turn at the junior trough!

      kalabafazi@24.com - 2011-05-30 15:09

      And when the media does focus on them, then all the reports are taken out of context, the jounalists reporting on them are sensationalising the issues, speakers are misquoted by journalists. Hell if I was a journalist I wouldn't be interested in the NYDA for fear of losing my job

      Krush - 2011-05-30 15:10

      I wonder how much of our hard earned tax money has been squandered, spent frivolously and ...well..burnt.

      Spyker May - 2011-05-30 15:11

      No Andile Lungisa, you braindead nincompoop – the media is VERY interested in the NYDA, eg.., Lets look at some of the “...NYDA's projects...” http://www.thedailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2011-02-27-forget-malema-wheres-the-outrage-at-andile-lungisa The fact is the NYDA is simply Zuma’s personal militia – like Mugabe’s “War Veterans” (supposed veterans who are mostly ‘the youth’ – GO FIGURE..!!). Perhaps you should have mentioned that near 90%, of the R64.4m supposed “LOANS” to youth-owned enterprises, NEVER GOT PAID BACK..!!! This, my feckless foe, is NOT a loan – it is simply Zuma/Post-Polokwane-2007’s Fascist Black Nationalist Regime’s program of funding its cronies, with white tax payer’s money... Perhaps Collins Chabane should look at the salaries the likes of Andile Lungisa are paying themselves; and their cronies naturally – then we may understand why “...the Agency was not making an impact...” – there is nothing left after the loot is gobbled up by the parasite looters... The NYDA was the ONLY state function that Pravin Gordhan could not report on during his previous budget speech. In fact when questioned about the budget for the NYDA, he stated (verbatim) that he DID NOT KNOW how the budget was determined and enquiries should be directed directly to Zuma... I rest my case. In fact the media should make EVERY effort conceivable to avoid you and your fraudulent NYDA – the less “attention” you receive the better. Andile Lungisa, you are just another ANC PARASITE, a feckless bloodsucker, suffering from the ANC’s obligatory ENTITLEMENT rage – just ask Khaya Dlanga, he will explain the SA’s BLACK ‘ENTITLEMENTISM’ to you in vivid detail.

      Spyker May - 2011-05-30 15:18

      People like you.., on second thoughts, no in fact YOU Andile Lungisa.., are the reason SA is today closer to the stone-age than it has been in 350 years. YOU (and people like Khaya Dlanga) represent everything that is WRONG WITH SA. The day the NYDA is abandoned and you join the likes of Winnie Stab Stompie Sepia to Death Madikizela-Mandela, in the dark alleys of C-Max, will be the first day of the bona-fide NEW SA. There is a good Afrikaans word for your kind – V@ETSEK..!!

      Jo - 2011-05-30 15:21

      The media covers youth issues every single day: health, work, education, rape, safety, misspent money that could be used for development, political leadership that will shape the world for today's youth, sport, music, how to manage money, HIV/Aids - I'm not sure how the NYDA is missing this? Unless they're projecting so that the youth of SA won't ask what it is the NYDA have done to help anyone - in which case I have no answer. Maybe the media and everyone else should investigate that question.

      Matt - 2011-05-30 15:23

      R100m for a festival?! I bet the people waiting almost 20 years for RDP are impressed... @ Krush - pm me? http://m.facebook.com/mjd.vaalie?refid=7

      MetEishYa - 2011-05-30 15:34

      @saabnut. EXACTLY - thank you

      gizzy - 2011-05-30 16:48

      So true!

  • Felix - 2011-05-30 14:27

    "The youth festival is history, we are focusing on other things now." Like how to waste more tax money.

      bob - 2011-05-30 14:52

      Yes, the Gov wants have talks about nothing constructive, this headline seems that it should be an internal ANC affair of how to get a better youth support system. EG: NYDA needs to pull finger instaed of promoting how stupid they are, hey you, you NYDA bunch of retarded slackers, its my TAX money, I want it back!

      Jo - 2011-05-30 15:39

      The media covers youth issues every single day: health, work, education, rape, safety, misspent money that could be used for development, political leadership that will shape the world for today's youth, sport, music, how to manage money, HIV/Aids - I'm not sure how the NYDA is missing this?

      Greybeard - 2011-05-30 16:10

      @ANCBlackAngel. During the 80's you clamored for press coverage to expose the corrupt NP government, and you got it. Now the shoe is on the other foot, you cry foul! Racism! etc Ad Nauseam. You are positioning yourselves as the new custodians of Apartheid. Madiba, speak to your children. They are going seriously astray!

      World Traveler - 2011-05-30 16:17

      What, another festival??!!

      World Traveler - 2011-05-30 16:21

      @ANCBlackAngel - Try doing something positive and then you will get the credit. Design a house, design an electric fly-swotter. Sorry that one has been done. Try anything except bitching, winging, complaining or supporting that mad bucket, malemmer and you will get the credit with no racial tags.

      Matt - 2011-05-30 16:50

      @ ANCBlackAngel - if ANC propaganda is what you want, why are you on News24, why not go to the SABC (aka S-ANC) or The New Age?

      Richie - 2011-05-30 16:59

      ANC Black angel - the wheel evaded you for 4 Million years while staring at the moon. Sorry if your progression boars us. LOL. What absolute nonsense you sad, sad numb-nut. You are already wasting millions on this stupid event, which will be as disaster as your ANCYL-cronies have already looted the money with over-priced tenders, which will most defiantly fail.

  • PikeLee - 2011-05-30 14:30

    Maybe Julius and his youth league should focus on the youth. Isn't that the reason they exist? Or does the ANCYL exist to benefit Malema and propel him to fame, fortune and the presidency?

      Oppressor - 2011-05-30 14:39

      i think Julius's main role is to say what the ANC really feels about white people, such as that they are thieves and to shoot them.

  • jeremy - 2011-05-30 14:35

    To add to what PikeLee has already said...maybe if lovely Julius focused rather more of his attention on youth issues, the media might be a bit more interested in them. Unfortunately he spends his time trying to play with the grown-ups. It's up to the ANCYL and the NYDA to get the media interested in youth activites and projects. They could start by polishing their apparently non-existent marketing and promotion skills....

  • Darkwing Duck - 2011-05-30 14:36

    "Media 'not interested' in youth issues" - Not true! To my knowledge, The R100+ Million youth festival fiasco which showcased the NYDA's inability to budget for and manage projects garnered a LOT of interest!! In fact, I will be paying close attention to see where they screw up and blow my hard earned tax buck next!!

      DW - 2011-05-30 14:51

      And how about the fact that R5bn will be handed to this bunch of partying illiterates to "create jobs for youth" I guess those employed to cater for the parties will have a job for a short while.

  • Smindlo - 2011-05-30 14:38

    no you bloody muppet, its the NYDA and the ANCYL that does not give enough attention to youth issues. why are you bloody idiots not saying s@hit about the declining education standards which directly affect the youth?

      Jo - 2011-05-30 15:22

      I agree, Smindlo. The media covers youth issues every single day: health, work, education, rape, safety, misspent money that could be used for development, political leadership that will shape the world for today's youth, sport, music, how to manage money, HIV/Aids - I'm not sure how the NYDA is missing this? Unless they're projecting so that the youth of SA won't ask what it is the NYDA have done to help anyone - in which case I have no answer. Maybe the media and everyone else should investigate that question.

  • PikeLee - 2011-05-30 14:38

    Maybe Julius and his youth league should focus on the youth. Isn't that the reason they exist? Or does the ANCYL exist to benefit Malema and propel him to fame, fortune and the presidency?

  • Airwolf - 2011-05-30 14:38

    The NYDA is not interested in "youth issues" either. The organization was created as a conduit for ANCYL Comrades and other hangers on to earn massive salaries with tax payers money for doing very little, if anything at all.

  • bob - 2011-05-30 14:43

    Strange, because all marketing is most appealing to the youth, fashion trends, gadgets, play station, etc. Oh' I'm sorry, it must be a brain fart you had, the 'youth' must be someone else we dont know of

  • Dean Nel - 2011-05-30 14:44

    Yeah you right I associate Youth with Malema - I'm so not interested.

  • bob - 2011-05-30 14:48

    is Malema a "youth', he looks pretty old to me, why dont they get a youthful person instead, maybe under 25?

  • Greg - 2011-05-30 14:50

    Why? Because you are a bunch of spoilt brats.

  • DW - 2011-05-30 14:50

    "Lungisa said the media was partly to blame as it did not cover many of NYDA's projects, particularly e.tv." - notice the quick CYA comment. Cant be seen to criticise the ANC vehicle of SABC. etv certainly covered the R100m festival party thrown by this crowd. Maybe if they came up with something else newsworthy it would be reported.

  • Shai-hulud - 2011-05-30 14:52

    Yes Andile,you're definately not Miss South Africa. The public isn't interested in the supposed youth issues you're trying to raise, so why should the media care? The youth should go to school,work hard, stay out of trouble and stop complaining. The public don't really care about Miss South Africa either.

  • Ray - 2011-05-30 14:52

    Andile...you are DEFINITELY not a Miss South Africa, so why don't you just miss South Africa completely and head straight to Zim? Chabane admits that NYDA is making no impact on the youth. It seems they are however making a HUGE impact on the budget! 100 Million, and according to the great Lungisa, ALL EXPENCES HAD BEEN PAID!!! BY WHOM, Andile?? Shoot the a-hole that allocated R 380 Million to these incompetent MONKEYS!!

      bob - 2011-05-30 16:14

      Ray... 10 points, well said! Hey Andile, start walking North you parasite!

  • michaelp1 - 2011-05-30 14:53

    Here we go with the 'victim mentality' again. I wonder if this youth ever thought that they might get more media coverage if they started speaking some sense? - and stopped wasting taxpayers money!

  • Ray - 2011-05-30 14:57

    SSSSHITTTTTTT!! Is there No Better Way in which the spending of Tax Payers money can be monitored and controlled. FTG.

  • Badger - 2011-05-30 14:59

    Well, with a freak show like Mal-Em-Ma, who gives a rats ass about the f#@$%^&g youth issues. If you stop burning down class rooms and everything else you see, maybe we could take a look, "Maybe" !!!!!

      bob - 2011-05-30 16:15

      yes after they burn Andile!

  • GT - 2011-05-30 15:00

    I would suggest that NYDA is not interested in the youth. A collection of know-nothings on fat salaries who accomplish absolutely f-all. Just look at the facts of the organisation, it does NOTHING, EVER!

  • The Ted Vos - 2011-05-30 15:02

    Sorry Andile, but we're not interested in your badly organised, over priced boozing and kissing games. And don't think the fact that you're a thieving, lying bag of excrement excites us either, you're a dime a dozen at the ANC's Loot Freely House.

  • 50something - 2011-05-30 15:03

    I guess if you are not making an impact in the townships it is either because you are barking up the wrong tree or your marketing is inadequate. how about involving ALL youth leagues from all political parties and work on a strategy. (Is that not what they are there for, inlcuding the militant ANCYL?

  • mamakalami - 2011-05-30 15:09

    Maybe they should first interest me with the programmes they are involved in relation to the youth.

  • willieman - 2011-05-30 15:14

    You wasted money,now you want the sympathy of media.Millions of children in this country do not have access to library,internet,even books.What did you do ,host a stupid festival so that you can satisfy your LUST.Pull the other one guys try next door.CHARITY STARTS AT HOME GET IT INTO YOUR HEADS

  • daaivark - 2011-05-30 15:18

    It's not that they aren't interested, Lungisa. It's more that your leader hogs the media limelight to such an extent with his bellicose verbage that people are bored stiff.

      Greybeard - 2011-05-30 16:33

      One wonders what percentage of their budget is devoted to SALARIES? And now they bitch at media apathy when they clearly lack the competence to market their own organization. R100 MILLION buys a hell of a lot of publicity in the hands of any marketing professional. Not rocket science, is it.

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