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Youth festival off to roaring start

2010-12-13 22:30

Pretoria - The 17th World Festival of Youth and Students kicked off at Pretoria’s Lucas Moripe Stadium on Monday amid much fanfare, loud music and flag waving.

The festival, which has generated criticism over its funding, will see artists perform and a military parade before South African President Jacob Zuma was expected to deliver the opening address later on Monday.

Security outside the stadium was tight and the various delegates from the different countries arrived as hawkers carried out a brisk trade selling snacks and drinks while billboards advertising a satellite television broadcaster were being mounted on the outside walls of the stadium.

As an announcer read out the names of the countries from which delegates were expected to arrive, cheers broke out with Cuba and Palestine receiving loud roars of approval.

Delegate estimates

A procession of delegations in national costume, chanting and carrying an assortment of posters and banners marched around the stadium to loud cheers.

Estimates of the crowd ranged from four to seven thousand people at the stadium, but more people were reported to be registering for the conference at the Pretoria show grounds where the bulk of events for the festival are due to take place this week.

The Zimbabwean contingent received loud applause as some of the members carried posters that read "Illegal Sanctions Must Go".

Earlier on Monday, minister in the presidency Colins Chabane issued a statement welcoming delegates to the festival.

"Thousands of young people attending the festival will have an opportunity to interact and discuss social, political and economic issues towards the development of young people," he said.

The festival, to be held under the theme "Let's Defeat Imperialism", hosted by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) in partnership with the World Federation of Democratic Youth, is scheduled to end on December 21.

Selebi's 'anti' tirade

The event is set to cost about R69m. Of this amount, R40m had come from the National Lotteries Board.

Funding of the festival has raised the ire of charity groups and political parties, who have claimed that the money could be better spent helping the poor.

Speakers listed on the agenda for the week range from Kgalema Motlanthe, Winnie Mandela and Julius Malema to disgraced former police boss Jackie Selebi, who will address a seminar titled "Anti-communist, anti-democratic and anti-scientific contents of school books".

Two notable absentees from the list of speakers were SA Communist Party secretary general Blade Nzimande and Zwelinzima Vavi, the general secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions.
 

Comments
  • Denise - 2010-12-14 00:16

    What a waste of money. We have so many poor, homeless and starving kids and elderly. 40 Million from the National Lottery....I wish that we could start a boycott of it. The ANC are such a bunch of idiots. Using known felons to address the youth. Does this country have a future? God Bless Africa ....We need it.

      Ralph - 2010-12-14 04:58

      Yes, this is so scary, because though they don't represent the majority of youth yet, remember Hitler, it didn't take that long!!!

  • jacquesotto - 2010-12-14 01:20

    Jackie Selebi. Man the youth is screwed up. Talking about blind following the blind. Malema has learned from Hitler how to incite and excite the youth. Sadly the youth did not learn from the failure of the German campaigns. Listen to the topics they will talk about, it has nothing positive in it apart from anti imperialism. This obviosly has some meaning to the ANC although they enjoy the imperialist cars, wathces and everything else

  • toobos - 2010-12-14 01:52

    What a complete farce. The happenings at this festival are mind numbing. The sad thing is that none of the views that will be expressed will be truly representative of South Africa's youth. Well done to those who boycotted an event with a political agenda. There should be more protest by the youth.

  • Warren - 2010-12-14 05:26

    Malema once again stated categorically that the mines will be nationalised and that they owe no one an apology for this. They did a lousy job running the Aurora mine. We know how this movie ends: A life of poverty for all.

      KaiinSA - 2010-12-14 10:37

      at least with his woodwork skills he can board them up when they do fail *chuckles*

  • Bill Xhosa - 2010-12-14 06:07

    So approximately 70,000,000 for 7,000 delegates. That's about 10,000 per delegate. I suppose it is expensive to fly delegates in from Cuba and Palestine.

      Judge DREAD - 2010-12-14 08:27

      Normal intelligent, educated people cannot possible support such and event so i think you are right. The attendees probably consist of rent-a-commies flown in from partner criminal states such as North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela, poor uneducated vagrants being paid to attend a free part and stinking rich ANC politicians.

  • Bill Xhosa - 2010-12-14 06:08

    So approximately 70,000,000 for 7,000 delegates. That's about 10,000 per delegate. I suppose it is expensive to fly delegates in from Cuba and Palestine.

  • BigD - 2010-12-14 06:47

    Is it actually a world youth festival or a podgy middle age festival. In other countries what is the max age for the youth festival? I cannot see how a middle aged overweight under achiever like Malema can be considered as a youth leader. Regarding the money spent the R70 million, hell if any of the world youth leaders had any common sence they would use that money to boost the poor in SA.

      Styvies - 2010-12-14 10:58

      Its no youth festival - it is a gathering of ultra left wing communists and other dissidents. Previous hosts of this event include the USSR, many eastern bloc countries (when communism was still fashionable) and more recently, Venuezuela & North Korea....

  • Mark - 2010-12-14 06:54

    and all the speakers are anc supports who have stolen from the poor , done nothing for the poor, live lives of sheer luxury ... and now preach communism ... wow ... hipocrites at their best !

      Judge DREAD - 2010-12-14 08:23

      Its sickening. The majority of festival attendees are poor and uneducated and have no idea how they are being taken for a ride. I was very dissapointed to hear Tokyo Sexwale was to make a speech too, i guess they're all into anything that will make a quick and easy buck at the expense of the nations people. SEVENTY MILLION RAND.SEVENTY MILLION RAND.

  • C-Ward - 2010-12-14 07:06

    Just another example of how wrong things are in our country! How many houses could this money not have built? A lot of the time it makes a person wonder if there is ANYONE from government that reads and listens to the people out here? Shit and then criminals speaking as guest speakers?WTF?

      D - 2010-12-14 07:33

      Exactly... criminals as guest speakers... What the hell? Are these the role models of the youth today? And out of all the countries that get the loudest applause: Cuba, Palestine and Zimbabwe? If I was part of the previously disadvantaged poor and knew that R70mill had been spent on this usual excuse of a youth festival I was be very disappointed in my govt while I had no running water, housing or electricity.

  • MontyC - 2010-12-14 07:34

    Perhaps it's time to protest with our hard earned money, clearly the government is not satisfied with our taxes and now needs to boost its self with the lottery money. They force us to play local lottery by banning playing of international lotteries so that they can afford such nonsense. Well I think its time we taught the Lotto board a lesson - if they waste our money then lets not give it to them! No more lottery!

  • Bren - 2010-12-14 07:40

    69 million to discuss imperialism what about Aids, feeding the hungry getting water to Beaufort West. Maybe discuss how to improve healthcare, housing for all but noooo you spend 69 million rand on imperialism who is the imperialist here. As for the lottery's part in this you make me sick you are the pinnacle of capitalism and imperialism what were you thinking

  • WPWW - 2010-12-14 07:40

    Thats right remember Hitler, and whites in africa are the jews, second grade citizens, second choice for all jobs, hated by the youth through propaganda.

      Ockert - 2010-12-15 08:14

      Well at least we dont have to wear yellow stars, to mark us.

  • Really?? - 2010-12-14 07:40

    Why am i not surprised.. Instead of using R69mil to speak about how important education is for the youth, use it to give the youth schools and books... So typical of the ANC, all the do is talk about what they want to do BUT they dont do it.

  • foxie911 - 2010-12-14 07:43

    That R40-million will go a long way to line the pockets of morons like Malema, et al, and what is left over will buy enough booze to sink a battleship... and it won't be cheap plonk either! But as I said on another thread, you all know what to do, come the next elections - make your cross for ANY OTHER party except for this bunch of incompetent thieves and murderers... vote them out of office and let's get knowledgeable people to run the country, and we know who are the more knowledgeable people...

      foxie911 - 2010-12-14 07:44

      Sorry - correction - I should have written R70-million

      greatgodpan - 2010-12-15 13:46

      hear hear hear hear

  • Observer - 2010-12-14 07:48

    "Thousands of young people attending the festival will have an opportunity to interact and discuss social, political and economic issues towards the development of young people," - Yea, riiiiiigth. If anything this conference is showing up the lack of education and free-thinking ability in our youth of today. Maybe someone can clear up - is this an ANC youth rally, or a general youth rally? Looking at the list there doesn't appear to be anyone who is not affiliated with the ANC.

      KissTheBoer - 2010-12-14 09:45

      ANC,

  • Viv - 2010-12-14 07:54

    Bwhahahahahah OMG what a waste of money. The speak list is a who's who of the government criminals. Kgalema Motlanthe, Winnie Mandela, Julius Malema and Jackie Selebi are all criminals or stupid ignorants. Pity so much money is being wasted on this crap where I am sure our hospitals would have benefitted more from this kind of money. But typical goverment waste, waste, waste and then put hands out to the public.

  • Sharon - 2010-12-14 07:58

    I is an absolute disgrace...so only a few ANC youth league members benefit.A glorified party under the guise of a festival.The LOTTO should be ashamed!! Why don't they invest in the poor,literacy.the aged,children's homes....where that money is needed the most! I am ashamed to call myself a South African.We epitomise corruption,greed,nepotism and democracy for the elite and priveledged few sitting in government. Why is the outcry not louder?Have all become so complacent??

  • ArtGee - 2010-12-14 07:59

    30 000 delegates.... R69 000 000??? That means EACH delegate gets R230 000 to spend as he/she likes! Does NOT make fiscal sense!!!!!! Sounds more like an EARLY XMAS present! Someone is pushing the envelope!!!

      green_goblin - 2010-12-14 08:15

      Artgee, umm your maths is wrong, 30 000 delegates .....R 69,000,000.00 = R2,300.00 each not R 230,000.00

      Mark - 2010-12-14 08:21

      69 000 000 / 30 000 = r2300-00

      KissTheBoer - 2010-12-14 09:48

      Uneducated youth, you can't even count. I wonder how you passed your first grade. This is simple division, I wonder how you performed in your trigonometry if you can't even do a simple division problem.

  • MaLemmer - 2010-12-14 08:01

    Crooks and Commies. Makes a fine bunch. Wonder where they found a large enough tent for all these clowns?

  • green_goblin - 2010-12-14 08:17

    "lets defeat imperialism"..... can anybody spell Irony......

  • Judge DREAD - 2010-12-14 08:19

    Plain and simple. They are criminals raping this beautiful country under the guise of progress and GETTING AWAY WITH all the time. What a bunch of idiots.

  • pop101 - 2010-12-14 08:21

    This...this is bull. It angers me.

  • pointblankza - 2010-12-14 08:22

    Ah so, famine, disease, education, human rights, freedom of choice, albino persecution, female gential mutilation, abuse against children, war, rape seems to not be important to the youth of Africa, North Korea and others, but defeating imperialism is? We screwed.

  • Percy - 2010-12-14 08:50

    Look at whose on the stage and leading this circus. Every one of them a convicted criminal (either already with criminal records, or about to be found out). And the idiots who support them, are too stupid to see through them. Very similar to those idiots who continue to support Magabe at his elections, even although they have no food on the table, or money in their pocket. Is this an "African" thing? What to do! What to do!

  • Anton - 2010-12-14 09:03

    it is like a pollsmoor old boys club re union......and they are going to dig there snouts deep into the trough of the 69 million.....wonder how much Selebi, that bastion of law and order is getting seeing that he is supposed to pay his 12 million legal fees

      greatgodpan - 2010-12-15 13:49

      pity old yasser is dead he would have been a great centre piece.

  • murphy - 2010-12-14 09:06

    The general IQ drops dramaticaly once one enters from the streets of Pretoria into the showgrounds, I'm sure. This is so idiotic it's almost funny.

      murphy - 2010-12-14 09:11

      And the worst of it is, once they get out of there, half drunk, sexed up and partied out, these young people will be begging again for money and funds from the evil imperialist countries.

  • Dewet - 2010-12-14 09:14

    Wow, Selebi contributing. I really sometimes believe I have gone insane. How stupid can voters be to not see through this. I honestly believe this to be a flaw in democracy. The majority is too stupid to make responsible votes. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” - Mark Twain. How true

  • Matt - 2010-12-14 09:20

    Jackie Selebi? Does the ANC set itself up to be a joke, or are they just one anyway?

  • KaiinSA - 2010-12-14 09:32

    The sad fact is that the countries who have embraced imperialistic ways and those who arent ashamed of their imperial past be it the colonisers or the colonies do feed their poor, do have wealfare state, do have housing for all with running water and electric. Are they not satisfied with running their own countries in to the ground that they now want the rest of the world to be jobless & poor while those in the seat of power have gold leaf loo rolls? Just a side point wouldn't the R70m have been more wisely spent in looking to solve the water problem, something that will effect everyone in SA within 5 years?

  • pointblankza - 2010-12-14 09:33

    NYDA is lead by the ANCYL which in turn provide the platform for the ANC to spout their nonsense by putting up convicted criminals on the podium? Wow, wow, wow. Let's ignore the real problems the youth face and let's focus on wait for it, imperialism... yaaaah! Did you know that 62 out of the 63 "directors" of the NYDA is actually made up of the ANCYL executive... this is nothing more then the ANC stealing money from the taxpayer.... again. And this time they tap into the Lotto resources making this the highest Lotto pay out, even higher then charities... That's it kids, charities and the needy have been dumped in favour of your beloved ANC and it's chreche the youth league. You must be proud.

  • mpanzame - 2010-12-14 09:34

    This ANC kids festival Christmas party - I hope thay dont drink and fight too much. Freedom has ruined my children. I hope they steal some food for us too. We have nothing, but the money is being spent for to ruin our kids - This ANC is no good. I am only worried that a certin President see my daughter - then he need a shower after -

  • Pavel - 2010-12-14 09:53

    I don’t know for what spend NYDA 69 mil rands. For example the flight the helicopters was needlessness in my opinion too. I hate “big-mouthed” show some big bosses. But my son from Europe paid the air ticket and other service rates to visit your country himself. He paid cca 1500eur it means 13000 your Rands. BTW he is going to spend some many to earn for your tourism too. He would like to meet other young people, to know your county not get to drunk as you have written. When I read your discussion and other articles in your newspapers I tremble for his safety. I hope that he is visiting normal country, but it isn’t true. I hope that he arrive home unhurt. I regret that he decided to visit South Africa. And one question more - imagine, if you all are rich, you own more than you need, are you ready to make a present 10 percent of your property to help your poor people?

      SunnySa - 2010-12-14 10:56

      Pavel, your son will be safe and will enjoy his stay in South Africa, and will hopefully learn something. The reason why so many people are angry with this festival is that South Africans are sick of their tax money being wasted on people like Julius Malema who is very badly educated, rascist, and a hypocrite who lives like a millionaire, with money he hasn't earned, while claiming to care for the poor. Many of the South Africans who are involved with this festival are convicted criminals (Jackie Selebi) or dubious characters. The festival has an agenda that may have been appropriate in the 1950's, but has no purpose today. We are accustomed to Malema and his supporters demanding and getting taxpayer money for parties and their own enrichment. So no, you will not find any South Africans who support the festival. But I think your son might actually gain something from coming to South Africa, especially since he is paying his way - he sounds like someone who wants to experience the world.

      SunnySa - 2010-12-14 11:03

      Pavel, your son will be safe and will enjoy his stay in South Africa, and will hopefully learn something. The reason why most South Africans are angry with this festival is that we are sick of our tax money being wasted on people like Julius Malema who is very badly educated, rascist, and a hypocrite who lives like a millionaire, with money he hasn't earned, while claiming to care for the poor. Many of the South Africans who are involved with this festival are convicted criminals (Jackie Selebi) or dubious characters. The festival has an agenda that may have been appropriate in the 1950's, but has no purpose today. We are accustomed to Malema and his supporters demanding and getting taxpayer money for parties and for their own enrichment. So no, you will not find any South Africans who support the festival (except for the few who are getting money out of it). But I think your son might actually gain something from coming to South Africa, especially since he is paying his way - he sounds like someone who wants to experience the world.

      pointblankza - 2010-12-14 11:19

      Don't worry Pavel, when you son walks the streets and meets ordinary South Africans he will fall in love with South Africa. The ordinary people of this country is where he will learn, not this festival.

      Styvies - 2010-12-14 11:38

      Sorry, Pavel, but i think the wool has been pulled over your son's eyes. This 'festival' is nothing more than an attempt at grandstanding, and an attempt by the ANC Youth League to justify their idealogies such as nationalising mines, muzzling the media etc. Do your own research on the league and its president Julius Malema. He is not visiting a normal country; it is the speakers of the festival that have messed this country up. Selebi could not control the crime in this country while he was top cop, and others have also been involved with tender rigging...they are the ones who, by their selfish actions, have not contributed to the poor of this nation. And yes - if i had the means, i would defintly help the poor. A recent study confirmed that rich south africans donate a lot more than other nations, so im not sure what your last question was meant to prove?

      Pavel - 2010-12-14 12:33

      Thank you all for your answer. I believe that he will make own opinion and find what the trouth situation is. I don’t know about your political situation too much. The corruption is big problem in our country too. Yes I understand your indignation that the taxation wasn’t used meaningful. In my opinion, most of the “world cups”, “miss universe competitions”, “festivals” and other are abused to promotion anything (politician, corporation...). Yes, I was surprised to hear that the festival is preparing in South Africa. But this festival helps little bit for popularization, maybe. About the charity. I apologize for my untutored sentence. I know that you help the poor people

      Styvies - 2010-12-14 14:56

      No worries at all, Pavel. Poinblankza said it better then i could. :)

  • Other Justin - 2010-12-14 11:33

    What p1sses me off the most is that the majority of the population still vote for the ANC after they pull this type of cr@p, because, make no mistake, this is an ANC/ANCYL think, not a general NYDA thing. Look at the speakers. Are the voters in this country blinded by bullsh1t or are they just idiots? Most of the country lives in poverty while the "youth" debate "defeating imperialism"????? The R69 mil could have gone to school feeding schemes or RDP housing or something like that. To all you ANC-PF supporters, WAKE UP AND OPEN YOUR EYES, YOU ARE BEING BENT OVER AND RAPED BY THE PARTY YOU ARE VOTING FOR and it is happening while shouting VIVA, VIVA with a big smile on your face.... The real sad thing is that most of the ANC's supporters after being raped by their own party will turn around and say, PLEASE SIR, CAN I HAVE SOME MORE???? What a freaking joke! VIVA ANC-PF VIVA, VIVA AMAF'ingUSELESS VIVA!!!!!!!!!

  • tichmek - 2010-12-14 12:00

    These ideas are borrowed from Hitler and Communist Russia the main concern is that does it work for the betterment of South Africa

      greatgodpan - 2010-12-15 13:58

      the main concern here is when does it turn in to mass extermination of certain parts of the population?.

  • Meryl - 2010-12-14 13:53

    Which youth is actually attending the event from South Africa? Just the ANCYL? Or who...?

      wardle2066 - 2010-12-14 14:17

      I refer to an article written by Nyiko Floyd Shivambu(ANCYL)- and quote " The African National Congress Youth League delegation left for Lebanon today, the 4th of February 2010 to attend the General Council of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY). The delegation will in the General Council present the ANC Youth League bid for South Africa to host the 17thWorld Festival of Youth and Students in December 2010." The article is titled " ANC YOUTH LEAGUE DELEGATION LEAVES TO LEBANON TO PRESENT THE ANC YOUTH LEAGUE BID FOR THE HOSTING OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL OF YOUTH STUDENTS" http://groups.google.com/group/anc-yl-media/msg/18547283c8a63c3e

      Meryl - 2010-12-14 20:37

      I thought as much. I'm a poltiical science student yet I know nothing of this event other than what is written in the media. So much for inclusion then hey.

  • L-H - 2010-12-14 14:48

    WTF does Selebi know about the contents of school books? Does nobody else find it alarming that our school curriculum is clearly too 'anti-communist' and anti-scientific' for the ANC?

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