Youth agency off to New York

2011-07-22 16:06

Johannesburg - A delegation of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) is going on a trip to New York for "high-level discussions" on youth development, the agency said on Friday.

The delegation, led by NYDA chairperson Andile Lungisa, was leaving for New York on Friday evening, for a two-day "UN high-level meeting" next week, spokesperson Siyabonga Magadla said in a statement.

He did not respond by Friday afternoon to questions from Sapa on how many people were part of the delegation, what the trip would cost and who was paying for it.

His statement said: "The two-day high-level meeting is expected to emerge with a declaration that will support programmatic solutions needed for the eradication of poverty and unemployment towards sustainable development, particularly as it relates to young people."

Meeting taking place next week

The meeting would be held under the theme, "Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding."

According to the UN's website, the meeting would take place on Monday and Tuesday.

The NYDA was in the spotlight last year after hosting an international youth festival, incurring expenses of over R100m.

At the time, it was reported that delegates played "kissing games" while waiting for the festival to start after delays were announced over the loudspeakers.

There were transport problems and some speakers did not arrive.

According to a programme distributed at the start of the event, ANC veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale and Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu were to address thousands of young people from over 100 countries at various sessions.

But it later emerged that none of the speakers had confirmed their attendance and would in fact not attend.

There were also problems with access to food and complaints about caterers not being paid.

  • TBOOZE - 2011-07-22 16:08

    for another party again? mxm

      GTA_Lad - 2011-07-22 16:42

      What are they doing in the evil, capitalist west anyway? What happened to African solutions for African problems? I'd love to hit up new York on tax payers money though!

  • SamuelMabena - 2011-07-22 16:10

    As long as it's not ANCYL rubbish, then it might be worthwhile for the youth of SA

      Met - 2011-07-22 16:35

      Its an ANCYL front. PArty time !!!! The poor are paying-- again

      sainsaudi - 2011-07-22 18:53

      Um! They're all ANCYL! The whole NYDA is made up them and the YCL!

  • dappies - 2011-07-22 16:20

    Ironic how money is spent on trips to countries some people love to hate. Also, reminds me of another deligation who went to the US (was it last year?), and mostly went on some shopping spree, and rarely attended any of the intended meetings. This one being about the eradication of poverty would make it super ironic.

  • Mundu - 2011-07-22 16:28

    If they go, they should be charged with producing something of value from the money spent. They should be expected to table a plan with ideas to address poverty. This plan should be made public for critical review. I suspect they will party in NY and we will see nothing concrete come out of the trip.

      GTA_Lad - 2011-07-22 16:40

      Who is going to enforce that? Nobody enforces jack when it comes to mismanaging funds brother

      Liberty - 2011-07-22 16:46

      Excellent idea

      eric thabang - 2011-07-22 17:14

      the reason the issue of poverty is still a stumbling block to many african communities is that the people who are in power are selfish...yes i stand to agree with fact that they are very aggressive in fighting for power but once they step in! they become selfish and think for themselves and forget about the interests of the people they are representing.

  • Craig - 2011-07-22 16:30

    I would like to know who the NYDA people are, how many there are, what it is costing, and who is footing the bill? Anyone got that info?

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-07-22 16:33

      It's gonna be a party ya'll!!...Fiesta Fiesta

      GTA_Lad - 2011-07-22 16:51

      @Craig. You and me boet!

      eric thabang - 2011-07-22 17:10

      its obvious NYDA is funded by the government that strongly elucidate the fact of footing bills, the cost is am not sure....but i presume the whole executive committee will part of the delegation(andile lungisa and his cohorts)

      Saffer - 2011-07-23 10:21

      They asked Pravin Gordhan for a budget of 1 billion. He only gave them R360 million which p-ed them off mightily. Which is why they had to 'touch' Lotto to help fund their R100 million party in Cape Town. Andile Lungisa, chairman of the NYDA, aged 28, with no qualifications, earns the equivalent of our cabinet ministers: R1.8 million.

      Saffer - 2011-07-23 10:21

      Oh, and the Taxpayers foot the bill.

      Saffer - 2011-07-23 10:24

      And, according to an interview with Andile Lungisa on 702 last week, the NYDA has so far spent half a million on funding young entrepreneurs - the success of these enterprises is, as yet, unknown.

  • Phaedioux - 2011-07-22 16:31

    How will atrip to the USA help? Everything in SA is different: We have a totally different 'democatric' system of electing politicians; Oue education system is world's apart; The US doesn't use AA, EE or BBBEE; Entrance to their universities is strictly controlled - if you aren't good enough, you don't get in; Their transport systems, school feeding schemes, government grants/benefits criteria is totally different; Their economy and how it relates to job creation vs automation is totally different; They don't have 11 official languages; God help you if you demonstrate and set fire to or vandalise their schools/libraries/infrastructure. These are just a few things!

      Phaedioux - 2011-07-22 16:33

      atrip = a trip Oue = Our

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-07-22 16:37

      @Phaedioux - you got a PhD in spelling?

      Phaedioux - 2011-07-22 16:39

      @BokomoWeetbi - no, I have a delinquent keyboard/eyesight coordination. Thank You for noticing!

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-07-22 16:42

      @Phaedioux, Thanks for sharing...would you like some fries with that?

      Phaedioux - 2011-07-22 16:45

      @BokomoWeetbi - no thanks, just like your breakfast cereals are not good for muscle toning, fries don't go very well with hypertension!

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-07-22 16:46


      Liberty - 2011-07-22 16:53

      It's a trip to the United Nations that happens to have their headquarters in New York and all member nations will have representatives there. It's not a fact finding mission to see how things are done in the US :-)

      Phaedioux - 2011-07-22 16:57

      @Liberty - all the article mentions is 'a high level UN meeting'. The 'high level' probably refers to the pub/restaurant that operates on the 51st floor?

      john - 2011-07-22 17:08

      But Phaedioux, that's the whole point of going to the USA - to find out how things SHOULDN'T be done. That way, when they host the Cuban, North Korean and Zimbabwean Youth Development Agency delegations at Sun City next year, they can report that they've seen first-hand the poverty that capitalism has wrought upon Americans, and reiterate their policy that nationalisation and collective ownership are the only means to wealth for the masses.

      Phaedioux - 2011-07-22 17:20

      @John - you are 100% correct! Those future delegates you mention are non-the-wiser as to what happens in that horrid leader of the Imperialist Western countries and would readily accept that that is not the way to go forward. They will all nominate and declare that in future they will adopt and follow Mugabe's model - after all, it appears to be working incredibly well in Venezuela!

      Liberty - 2011-07-22 17:32

      @phaedioux hell you are probably right if any of the ancyl affiliated rubbish are going

  • BokomoWeetbi - 2011-07-22 16:41

    Andile Lungisa @ Jay'z 40/40 club: "Psst, Wena Baa-tenda - 1 quart bleck label, to go!

      Worldwise - 2011-07-22 21:24

      Andile is the guy who led the Western Cape DA toilet demolishing gang. He never demolished ANC toilets in the Free State though. Maybe they can show him what toilets in New York look like? Maybe he can demolish a few capitalist imperialist toilets to make his point. The Yanks will also make the point that they don't tolerate vandalism nor destruction of property by locking him up. He never even got charged in SA.

  • Banana_Republic - 2011-07-22 16:43

    Whats the big deal, its not as if they are going to the Big Apple to inspect the Imperialist Tendencies they wholeheartedly trashed at their Pretoria Showgrounds shindig last year ;). Being true children of the revolution they wont hit the bright lights of New York; will avoid the capitalist cesspits like Saks 5th Avenue and will a lay wreath to the brave hijackers at Ground Zero.

  • sipholess - 2011-07-22 16:46

    It's for a good cause --- Holidays for the underprivileged. lol

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-07-22 16:52

      USA is at the forefront of 'Covering It Up' - where better than to get trained by skilled professionals on "How to Cover Up Corruption" and then.......After the show it's the after party, then after the party its the hotel lobby and after the belve' then it's probably Crisps...Fiesta...Fiesta, Fiesta,....Fiesta, Fiesta...

      eric thabang - 2011-07-22 17:03

      yah neh. lol

      DooS - 2011-07-23 12:44

      affirmative holidaying and shopping for the delinquents

  • spd123 - 2011-07-22 16:53

    Sponsored by Lotto again!!!!

  • TamaraSays - 2011-07-22 16:55

    Here's a notion. Stay home, and spend the money on something worthwhile. Like... I dunno... youth development?

  • Creeky - 2011-07-22 16:59

    Call it what you want... it is basically as KISSATHON on the Brooklyn Bridge... Lotto involved?

  • eric thabang - 2011-07-22 17:02

    hope is for good cause!!! nowadays poverty and unemployment has developed to be playing words 2 brainwash the masses while the people in power are accumulating wealth.

  • derkus - 2011-07-22 17:05

    how much is the Lottery donating this time?

  • Dmitri - 2011-07-22 17:29

    ...and another few million wasted

  • nazeem - 2011-07-22 17:31

    whats new. going to have a nice party. thats why we are where are today... as a country......

  • GT - 2011-07-22 17:39

    Well timed for the summer sales

  • valleyman - 2011-07-22 17:41

    Ah well, as long as they don't get it into their heads to try and nationalise the Big Apple, all should be well. Mind you, a clash with New Yorks finest may be just what the Doctor ordered...

      TamaraSays - 2011-07-22 18:21

      I was thinking the same thing! Imagine JuJu or his cronies laying claim to the statue of liberty, or telling a New Yorker that their lady is a colonial symbol. Would be YouTube worthy - that's for sure!

  • will294 - 2011-07-22 17:56

    Why would they want to see the white imperialist agents?

      Worldwise - 2011-07-22 21:28

      They love the trappings of the white imperialist capitalist system but refuse to embrace the value system that creates this wealth for all. They prefer communism to keep their underlings poor and their brainless underlings are happy with the deal and vote for them.

      Liberty - 2011-07-23 02:23

      In the words of the juju idiot you need to live within the means of the capitalist while seeking to destroy it.

  • kingmalema - 2011-07-22 18:05

    Thanks Lotto your the best!?

  • edalsg - 2011-07-22 18:38

    going to learn imperialist capitalist ways funded by the LOTTERY again. Will all please STOP buying lottery tickets ---you are simply paying vountary tax to the ANC.

  • Mike - 2011-07-22 18:42

    LEAVE MALEMA AT his home in his bunker.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-07-22 19:59

    What has the NYDA done to develop the youth of SA so far? Can we see a list? What did it cost? There is enough information and knowledge in libraries and on the internet which can be used as a basis for a development program. Does the NYDA have a program? Can we see it? Why go to NY and in the process let money flow out of our country? Why not stay here and spend the money in SA? If anyone wants to go to NY they can do so on their own personal savings. This NY trip is just another example of the utter contempt and disrespect the ANC and it's affiliates has for the poor people and tax payers of South Africa.

  • cgtours - 2011-07-22 20:26

    All we want to know is who is paying, how much and who is going! Names and photos please of everybody and where they will be staying and how much it costs for each of them ! Who is giving the pocket money? This has got to stop now. We want to know and see who is going and the ful,l programme please. NOW WHERE IS THE DA we voted for!

  • JadedJay - 2011-07-23 04:54

    Another party for the youth league....hope they charter a pvt plane and it crashes.

  • ZumaGabe - 2011-07-23 06:48

    Incompetent retard trash !!! Why do you go to the IMPERIALISTS ? Why not Cuba, Zim, Nigeria, Venezuela, Libya ? Hey my brothas, you like the bloodthirsty USA too much

  • KarinWalker - 2011-07-23 13:17

    I love the way that they never go to mogadishu or harare or Addis Ababa! Always the vil neo-colonial imperialist cities like new york, london and paris! hypocrites..they gonna party for two days and have kissing games! And get in a bit of shopping for evil neo-colonial imperialist pig-dog breitling watches and johnny Walker black label! What a joke! like those 49 women who went to new York for two weeks for lectures about female empowerment or something , and didnt bother to go to any lectures!!

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-01 17:49

    Another party & trip on the Taxpayer? Hell -- Malema-flu spreads quickly. Anybody played the lotto again? Bunch of dimwits

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-05 15:12

    I somehow doubt they will be able to find New York on a mapp!

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