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Budget irks NYDA, says not enough money

2012-02-23 17:46

Johannesburg - The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) is disappointed about the reduction of its annual budget, chairperson Andile Lungisa said on Thursday.

"After the consecutive successes that the organisation has achieved over the past two years... we are extremely disheartened to announce that the NYDA targets for the... financial year will be reduced," he told reporters in Cape Town, according to a copy of his speech.

"We are disappointed that government has decided to drastically reduce the NYDA budget, especially considering the depth and extent of the [organisation's] expanded mandate which... focused on enhancing and ensuring youth participation in the economic development of South Africa."

Lungisa said it was regrettable that a body such as the National Rural Youth Service Corps received a budget increase, while the NYDA had its budget cut.

"It is disappointing that the organisation with the sole mandate to look after young people has had its budget allocation for the 2012/2013 financial year cut."

Lungisa said R405m was allocated to the NYDA during the 2010/2011 medium term expenditure framework (MTEF) announcement.

"However, the 2012 to 2015 MTEF announcement indicates that the NYDA has only been allocated R376m for the 2012/2013 financial year."

There were several calls to disband the NYDA after it hosted an unsuccessful World Festival of Youth and Students festival in December 2010.

The nine-day event, dubbed the "kissing festival" after delegates were seen playing kissing games while waiting for sessions to begin, was plagued by disorganisation and was reportedly R100m over budget.

Several speakers failed to turn up. The NYDA reportedly spent millions on balloons, confetti, musicians, poets, backpacks, caps, golf shirts, bottled water and even a tombstone for the festival.

Comments
  • Sharon - 2012-02-23 17:51

    Why complain?? Take a salary cut for one, (A City Press investigation has revealed that the agency's staff will earn an average salary of R517 000 each this financial year, prompting one of its directors to admit that it was nothing more than an ANC Youth League-dominated "gravy train")or if all else fails, maybe Lotto will supplement your elaborate expenditure!

      david.streicher - 2012-02-23 19:10

      Please accept my humble apologies, News24 spietkops. What I meant to say was that HIS majesty, Andile Lungisa, heard a little bird tweeting about a trillion available to burn, and only wants in on the action.

      Jarryd - 2012-02-23 23:38

      Imagine if this money was spent on education/infrastructure... @Sharons maths: I would love to know what qualifications they have to be earning 43k a month as well as more detail on the "consecutive successes" they claim to have had at a cost of hundreds of millions of Rand.

  • npretorius2 - 2012-02-23 17:57

    Shame, now you have 25 bar less to through rough parties and orgies... Screw you guys, i'm a [tax paying] youth and have never benefited a dime from them...

  • Hermann - 2012-02-23 18:05

    Other than having had a great party what have they achieved? Nothing! They should not have received a cent.

  • mike.clery - 2012-02-23 18:08

    "the consecutive successes that the organisation has achieved over the past two years". What were those exactly? We'd all like to know what the country got for R405m last year alone.

      Hermann - 2012-02-23 18:21

      A bloody political party doing the kissing dance.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-23 18:09

    "...the NYDA has only been allocated R376m for the 2012/2013 financial year." THAT is more than R1 MILLION per DAY! What is being done with this money? What results can be shown? If salaries to NYDA staff and other fixed cost is the input, what is the output in monetary terms? If the ratio of output : input is less than 2, the NYDA must be closed down. Where can one see the performance figures?

  • Eric - 2012-02-23 18:12

    Shame - they may have to fly economy class, trade in the Mercs for Toyotas and drink Johnny Red. My heart bleeds for the youth! Still, better than getting a real job I suppose!

  • Shirley - 2012-02-23 18:23

    Boo hoo-you dont need money to be useless,it comes free and naturally!

  • Mikhail - 2012-02-23 18:27

    It is disappointing that we cannot award ourselves exorbitant salaries, throw extravagant events, now our pool of cash is half full! Does anyone know what their mandate actually is?

  • sidney.gilroy - 2012-02-23 18:31

    See it as a reduction in your "pocket money" from the ANC...which is quite fitting as Malema and his cronies looted Limpopo. Big Daddy does not like it when you steal from his wallet...so he is reigning you in. I foresee a call for an audit on the NYDA as soon as Malema gets the death blow tomorrow...and a disbanding of the NYDA completely by 2015.

  • sefeddt - 2012-02-23 18:31

    Really sickens me that such a wasteful organization exists and is funded with my taxes.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-23 18:45

      The more sickening fact is that so many families, and especially children, are denied proper sanitation, nutrition, education, medical care, safety and security etc. because of the wholesale waste of money by the ANC and their affiliates. I just don't understand how we as a nation can put up with it!

  • Nicholas - 2012-02-23 18:52

    Less sweeties for the children to steal.

  • Sinudeity - 2012-02-23 19:06

    Tell lungisa to go F*** himself: alungisa@nyda.gov.za

  • anthony.swart - 2012-02-23 19:06

    never seen them do anything other than waste money on crap, whats your mandate? spend money on lavish parties and huge salaries! get stuffed close down this bottomless pit.

  • Lara - 2012-02-23 19:15

    Shame, change your name to NADA. That's what you are worth.

  • Fanie - 2012-02-23 19:53

    Yes they should be investigated. They will not be able to buy such smart cars anymore. Please goverment get rid of them. the youth of SA do not benefit from them. Only friends benefit with expensive cars.

  • Irene - 2012-02-23 20:00

    These thugs shouldn't have even been included in the budget. I'm tired of my hard earned tax being wasted on the so-called 'youth' that consists of nothing but ignorant, uneducated sods.

  • Simon Mtshwene - 2012-02-23 20:14

    This people are selfish, corrupt... (NYDA). it must be shut down.

  • Dave - 2012-02-23 21:03

    So maybe this was a good news budget after all...

  • Lavida Koekemoer - 2012-02-23 21:32

    Nyda is useless

  • Chris - 2012-02-23 21:44

    Surely we must be a little more understanding of the NYDA's plight, there's a new SL-class merc out, BMW is revising it's range and all their wives need a Range Rover Evoque to see and be seen in Sandton.

  • Blip - 2012-02-24 03:40

    Wind up NYDA. It's a waste of money.

  • Tony - 2012-02-24 05:25

    Nyda is the ANCYL with another name, let's be honest.

  • Kevin - 2012-02-24 07:10

    Should get nil money and this useless agency closed.Rather use the money for tax cuts

  • Kevin - 2012-02-24 07:18

    NYDA is another anc disgrace.This government cannot continue this blatant theft. Voters must stop this with there vote.

  • SJ - 2012-02-24 08:34

    Thieves bickering over taxpayers money is what this is. Place these people on normal salaries, like most people get and see how they abandon ship.

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