Acsa stood up by NYDA

2010-12-15 19:36

Cape Town - The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) approached Acsa for help with organising its chaos-ridden international youth festival, but failed to show up for a scheduled meeting without explanation.

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said the Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) agreed to meet with the NYDA to discuss how it could facilitate the transit through airports of an expected 30 000 local and foreign delegates to the eight-day event.

"Acsa had offered to meet with officials from the NYDA and had scheduled a meeting for Monday 1 November 2010, at 14:00," he said in response to a parliamentary question.

"Unfortunately, the officials from the NYDA did not turn up for the meeting, and Acsa have not received any further communication from them."

The World Festival of Youth and Students, which began on Monday, has been bedevilled by poor organisation, despite a generous budget of R69m.

The Cape Times reported on Tuesday that delegates were left stranded at their hotels and ministers scheduled to address delegates did not show up because they were only invited on short notice.

The daily said the NYDA only advertised for an event manager to organise the event on August 30, giving bidders only 10 days to respond, and finally awarded the contract to a company that does not exist according to the records of the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (Cipro).

The government contributed R29m to the event and the National Lottery Board R40m.

The NYDA came under fire recently when it emerged that its CEO Steven Ngubeni, takes home an annual salary of R1.8m.

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