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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.

Comments
  • Afrikaner100 - 2010-12-15 20:04

    Go figure... another ANC stuff up. Not to mention that someone probably became a multi-millionare over night...Idiots!!!

  • Afrikaner100 - 2010-12-15 20:05

    Oh...did I mention that this sounds like a national Jamboree!!!

  • Willie - 2010-12-15 20:09

    Why does another f**k up not surprise me, especially if the ANCYL was involved, as I believe they are; government at all levels and its agencies have embraced incompetence and a few other things

  • abandonedbluehondanw2 - 2010-12-15 20:11

    Native Yard Development Agency.

  • rapatla - 2010-12-15 20:30

    okay,, politics aside. South Africans needs a NYDA that is run by people with vision not those small boys.

      Skorriemorri - 2010-12-15 21:03

      Why? Please convince me of the necessity of a NYDA exept for political reasons.

  • Mike@CapeT - 2010-12-15 20:33

    Figures!

  • Viparo - 2010-12-15 20:35

    hahahahhahahahahaha! Can't organize a pissup in a brewery. If the ANC fell into a bucket of tits, they'd come up sucking their thumb. Sad thing is, that's the level at which this country is being run. Not only a festival.

  • Big Mouth - 2010-12-15 20:43

    They must be audited.

  • Allin - 2010-12-15 20:45

    They're as worthless as tits on a goose!

  • rapatla - 2010-12-15 21:28

    Skorriemorri, for me i think youth agency is an idea that was motivated by the fact that lot of upcoming youth with skills lacked financial backing hence the agency(according to me). What we may debate is why the agency is doing the oppositenot affording the youth with any support and i think is because those who run it have no idea of the initial objective(i think).

      Carl Muller - 2010-12-16 08:35

      I hope you vote for another president for the ANCYL next time......

  • Nice Guy - 2010-12-15 21:28

    How the hell does ACSA manage to sponsor the NYDA for millions but claims poverty when it tries to increase fees by 133%?

  • rapatla - 2010-12-15 21:33

    Skorriemorri, for me i think youth agency is an idea that was motivated by the fact that lot of upcoming youth with skills lacked financial backing hence the agency(according to me). What we may debate is why the agency is doing the oppositenot affording the youth with any support and i think is because those who run it have no idea of the initial objective(i think).

  • R.Suppards - 2010-12-15 21:56

    The NYDA population is 95% ACNCYL, this should give THE TAXPAYERS a very good idea of the intelectual prowess of future houtkop governments. This expensive, wasteful COCK UP has made South Africa a laughing stock, the arseholes in government that allowed these"Youths" to "organise" this jamboree shoud have their CV's vetted to ensure that they are qualified to hold their positions. This smacks of a super nova cadre deployment balls up. CARRY ON UP THE ZAMBEZI, MAD BOB HERE WE COME

  • abezarco - 2010-12-15 21:59

    Should we continue to be surprised or rather just accept this as the norm from these imbeciles and move on to something more challenging than wasting time on criticising these nincompoops.

  • TC - 2010-12-15 22:59

    The most frustrating part about this is that no one is going to do anything about it!!

      awwgee - 2010-12-16 07:55

      TC - you have hit the mail on the head - despite the fact that the lottery has said they always have to have a detailed breakdown of how the money is spent, and political parties want an audit - NOTHING will come of this. Our media will drop this whole thing in a weeks time, and we (the taxpayers) that have footed this bill (because even the lottery money comes from us, as it should have been spent wisely somewhere else)for this laugh a minute "kindergarten' pissup!

  • Carl Muller - 2010-12-16 08:33

    Can they be investigated for nepotism. After all, did they not check the credentials of the company that won the tender. Investigate and fire the CEO.

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