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Concern over R1.2bn NYDA budget

2011-02-25 11:00

Johannesburg - The opposition Democratic Alliance has expressed "deep concern" about a decision to allocate R1.22bn to the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) over the next three years.

"Dedicating billions of rands of public money to a poorly managed and ineffective entity - which has essentially been hijacked by the African National Congress Youth League - is an entirely misguided approach to promoting the development of our country's youth," DA parliamentary leader Athol Trollip said.

Beeld newspaper reported on Friday that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan had said he did not know how the controversial NYDA would use that money, allocated to it in the budget, to create jobs.

"I don't know," Gordhan reportedly said, replying to a question by a DA member during a meeting of parliamentary committees about the budget speech on how the NYDA would create jobs.

'Shambolic'

Trollip said the NYDA's "shambolic organisation of the totalitarian youth festival hosted by the ANC Youth League in December last year, which came with a R100m price tag, was a powerful illustration of the NYDA's unashamed conflation of party and state, and its brazen use of public money to fund ANC Youth League events".

"The DA is deeply concerned about the Treasury's decision to allocate R1.22bn to the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) over the next three years.

"In its short history, the NYDA has come to embody the very worst aspects of ANC governance: cronyism, poor administration and chronic under-delivery," said Trollip.

Earlier this month, the NYDA said in a statement it would "work towards achieving government's target of bringing unemployment down to 15% by 2020".

Jobs

Its chairperson, Andile Lungisa, said the NYDA had "created or sustained 15 810 jobs mainly through [its] enterprise finance and business development services divisions".

He said the divisions offered "business development support services such as bookkeeping, marketing and tendering support" and had issued business loans to the value of R14.2m to 6 089 enterprises since March 2010.

"Through these micro-loans to young people who then go out and employ other people - that's how we have created jobs," he said.

"And also through funding of many community projects like the one in Mtubatuba in KwaZulu-Natal, where young people are selling eggs and chickens at a chicken farm."

Lungisa's statement came shortly after the agency announced that its widely criticised 17th World Festival of Youth and Students, which was held at the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria in December, cost R100m to stage instead of the R69m first reported.

Opposition parties called the event a "wasteful expenditure".

Delegates attending the festival complained of transport and catering problems, caterers complained of not getting paid while several high-profile speakers who were scheduled to address delegates according to the event programme, never arrived.

Comments
  • tshepotheterminator - 2011-02-25 11:10

    we are creating job so shut up..... the DA as a second hand spares party that serves second hand spares citizens does not have a right in this country to judge the rulling party..... the Ruling party does not answer to second hand spares citizens

      JP Rheeder - 2011-02-25 11:12

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      unbeatabulls - 2011-02-25 11:14

      tshepotheterminator, your bantu education doesnt give you power son!. the second hand spares citizen is still master race you dumb witt!!!

      jacquesdev - 2011-02-25 11:17

      @tshepotheterminator. Hahahaahahahahaha - you just made my Friday. You should change your alias to tshepothechop. Enjoy your day in cloud cuckoo land, because soon you will have to catch a wake up.

      remola - 2011-02-25 11:25

      How many jobs did NYDA create up till now? I'm not talking about the hand full of "Executives" who each earn in excess of R500 000 a year. Can you really, when talking of your own people say that you know of one single permanent job that was created outside of NYDA itself by the work of NYDA. While you obviously dont care for the "Second Hand Spares" who pay the taxes that fund NYDA, do you care even a little bit about the poverty your people are going through? I think not. It seems to be a common trait with blacks to stand and DEMAND that the "Second Hand Spares" look after your people but you refuse to look after your own people. Doesnt say much of you or your peoples character!

      colin langley - 2011-02-25 11:25

      jesus wept....voetsek you stupid imbecile...tshepothedoos

      jacquesdev - 2011-02-25 11:30

      Your messiah Julias - now he has a spare tyre - and that extra budget is not going to help it.. Stomach in, chest out. Oh and hand out...

      edward.abrahams - 2011-02-25 11:36

      @tshepotheterminator-My friend, soon, your RUDE AND UNCOUTHED BEHAVIOUR will reap its rewards...where? At the voting stations. People in our beautiful South Africa are literally TIRED of being told to "shut up", "crisis, what crisis?", "we are creating jobs"...etc. etc. Creating jobs for WHO? The DA is NO 'second hand spares party', they are the ANC'S OFFICIAL OPPOSITION, and they are becoming a STEADY FORCE to be reconned with. Soon, your thoughtless, inconsiderate words will stir a serious awakening! The gravy train is going to stop soon...enjoy the ride while u can...WAISTING OUR HARD EARNED MONEY. Remember...Voting day is coming...

      Felix - 2011-02-25 11:39

      I see it's recreation time in Pollsmoor, Let Bubba have a go Theps, or he'll make you his bitch again...

      damascus - 2011-02-25 11:59

      i give up terminator!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Dan - 2011-02-25 12:31

      @tshepotheterminator. F@#k you your piece of dog shit. This is our country (all people), not the fu#$in ANC's country. Can you see Libia, can you see Zim, can you see Egypt, etc. SA will be worse in a dacade or so as a result of this very same ANC of you.

      Derrick - 2011-02-25 12:36

      Go back to school and learn economics

      Phlegm - 2011-02-25 12:40

      The ANC should worry less about "ruling" the country and attempt to rather "govern" the country.

      cmr.insurance - 2011-02-25 12:51

      Your right tshepotheterinator, the ruling party does not answer to nobody for bad service and delivery or why all the comrades striking? This is the biggest problem they are above the law and abuse the rights we the people have given them. Sad very sad. this money is petty cash for Malema and others incase they need it.

      Grant - 2011-02-25 12:53

      Democracy is not a concept that you appear to be familiar with, is it? Or are you panicky because if disbanded your income will dry up and you will have to get a real job?

      Other Justin - 2011-02-25 13:03

      @tshepotheterminator - do SA a favour and drop dead.

      Dr Filemon - 2011-02-25 13:07

      tshepo you display that you are a second class citizen

      peter - 2011-02-25 13:07

      Eish "term" did I not tell you to finish watering the garden before you playing on the computer.

      Souf-Efrikan - 2011-02-25 13:28

      Terminator it the correct name for you! You terminate electricity, water, and most probably people's lives by supporting your fooling party. If the DA is doing such a bad job, why are your brothers, sisters, cousins, aunties and uncles (not to mention your extended family from Zim) streaming to the Western Cape to find jobs, medical treatment, roads that you can still drive on?? If the DA is doing such a bad job, why don't you get all your brothers and sisters to move out of the Western Cape (and they can take their second hand taxis with them). We really hate the fact that people like you don't feel welcome in a democracy, so why don't you just stay just where you are in your dommocracy?

      tshepotheterminator - 2011-02-25 13:51

      that is out tactic by hook or crook we will take your western cape.... next general elections it is ours.... if i were you i'd be worried really worried... our people are streaming in there.... do you think brother Kunenes club in the cape is coincident? no it was a strategic move to have an ANC club there.... do you think us taking over the waterfront was coincident?? no that was also a strategic move.... we are buying up the cape and our people are moving in it is our cape town now...and we will be changing that name as well

      jules.malemaanc - 2011-02-25 15:07

      dear faecal person, what do you see when you look in the mirror...you will always be that nobody. you lot rule the country only because there are more savages in your group, than persons in the civilised group, nothing more...the high IQs rest not with your stupid group of cretins.

  • Counter-spin - 2011-02-25 11:18

    @ JP Rheeder I could not have said it better bud......classic!!!!

      jacquesdev - 2011-02-25 11:21

      Ditto here. Mega sigh....

  • remola - 2011-02-25 11:19

    Shouldnt the South African schooling system be the official Youth Development Agency? How many poor rural schools would have received much needed support in the form of Classrooms, Books, Libraries etc. etc. with that R1.2 Billion? How many real jobs has NYDA created?

      damascus - 2011-02-25 12:03

      only if these "leaders" could think like you we'd be miles ahead, but alas that isn't the case :-(

      mmonaledi - 2011-02-25 15:32

      um, i'd say about 3. including their own staff.

  • edward.abrahams - 2011-02-25 11:20

    "In its short history, the NYDA has come to embody the very worst aspects of ANC governance: cronyism, poor administration and chronic under-delivery,"... What a sad state of affairs!!! We pay rates and taxes and look what happens to OUR HARD-EARNED money! Now we are going to be milked by the toll-system. South Africa...let's go to the voting stations and MAKE - A - DIFFERENCE! These plans are UNSUSTAINABLE for everyone of us...

      DW - 2011-02-25 11:41

      Imagine if the R1.22b was rather used to settle some of the debt on the toll system. They could bring the toll fees down substantially. Now there would be REAL progress

  • colin langley - 2011-02-25 11:24

    PARTY! PARTY! PARTY! PARTY!

  • AJ - 2011-02-25 11:29

    Withdrawing this money in R20 notes and having a once in a liftime, mother of all bonfires when winter sets in, simply to keep the homeless warm for a single night, would be a better use of this money.

  • unbeatabulls - 2011-02-25 11:31

    have you been to ZIM lately tshepotheterminator....go have a look, SA is fast on its way there, heres hoping UN Planes drops food in SA in the next 10 years...VIVA ANC....and NYDA!!!!...ALL BUNCH OF EX CONFICTS!!!!

      unbeatabulls - 2011-02-25 11:34

      CONVICTS

  • Blikskottel - 2011-02-25 11:31

    This is a criminal act on the part of the minister. he admitted that he does not know how that money will be spent, thus he failed in his duty to protect the tax payers of this country. if that is not criminal then what is it? The DA beter get a wakeup and fight to get the WC to be independant, before it is to late. Surely this could be tested by letting the people there vote in a referendum?

      DW - 2011-02-25 11:44

      It hasnt been paid to them yet. There is still time to overturn this decision. We should all protest against this and ensure that the funding goes where it will create real jobs. Mr Gordhan probably thought that this organisation was legitimate and following their mandate. I still think he is a good guy, but we will see if they overturn this decision. Hope they do!

      JudithNkwe - 2011-02-25 11:46

      Let's all vote to change the government starting at council level. None of us can afford to have money that we provide to government spent without accountability and proper budgets in place.

      mcmdebeer - 2011-02-25 18:52

      Blikskottel for president!

  • riaan.pretorius - 2011-02-25 11:52

    @tshepotheterminator: How much money are the NYDA paying you? You must be one of the executives at the NYDA who are riding the Gravy Train and gaining out of Reversed Apartheid. You can't call a job a job if it isn't sustainable and contributes towards the economy of SA.

  • riaan.pretorius - 2011-02-25 11:53

    @tshepotheterminator: How much money are the NYDA paying you? You must be one of the executives at the NYDA who are riding the Gravy Train and gaining out of Reversed Apartheid. You can't call a job a job if it isn't sustainable and doesn't contribute towards the economy of SA.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-02-25 11:59

    If the ANC is to "rule till Jesus comes" they must buy their votes now. What better way than to sponsor youth pleasures with tax money. This way everybody in South Africa sponsors the ANC.

      lldoidge - 2011-02-25 15:19

      Jesus will be here soon. He left Spain this morning!

  • Japhta - 2011-02-25 12:06

    this party really makes me sick

  • TDJ - 2011-02-25 12:13

    Rather use this money to reduce toll fees for people that actually work.

  • Fazil - 2011-02-25 12:15

    Problem: The NYDA is a vote catching orgarnisation for the ANC and leverages this power to access taxpayer money. Solution: stop paying all forms of taxes! Result: No money so no NYDA so no eat the vote!

      Ex-Taxpayer - 2011-02-25 12:58

      My VAT return to be submitted on Monday has just declined to R 1

  • Dan - 2011-02-25 12:28

    Shocking and the sign of times I suppose. Classic case of Africa being raped by its own Africans.

  • pointblankza - 2011-02-25 12:28

    "tendering support" ?? What the hell is tendering support??

      Jacques - 2011-08-05 17:53

      He heard the phrase in a Juju speech somewhere...

  • pointblankza - 2011-02-25 12:30

    Why is the NYDA directors all ANCYL, surely there should be representation of all youth organisations both political and non?

  • pointblankza - 2011-02-25 12:31

    Is the NYDA only servicing black youth or are they servicing all race groups? From what I see they are using this to gather votes for the ANC..

      EchoTango - 2011-02-25 13:56

      pointblankza: if you consider the comments of tshepotheterminator who is obviously a NYDA supporter, all none black youths are "second hand spares citizens" so it would make sense that the NYDA are only there to serve the black youth. I'm sure that as far as the ANC is concerned R1.22 bill is nothing so long as the NYDA can continue ANC propaganda and the brainwashes of the impressionable youths in there socialistic ideology. Ironic however that socialistic ideals are always financed by capitalistic money.

  • Steve - 2011-02-25 12:45

    This handout is nothing less than legalising the theft of tax payers money to feed the caders of the ruling party. This with millions unemployed.

  • YES - 2011-02-25 12:54

    It's a shame and one big blot on the budget speech.

  • shakie - 2011-02-25 12:59

    I SEE - MA COMMENT HAS BEEN REMOVED - IDIOTS, IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH BIG WHITE OR BLACK - SO BE A MEN AND HAVE SOME BALLS AND PLACE IT BACK - UNLESS THIS IS RUN FOR A SPECIFIC TRIBE.

      johan - 2011-02-25 13:34

      what are you on about???

  • Other Justin - 2011-02-25 13:06

    **SIGH**

  • callan - 2011-02-25 13:10

    What Finance Minister, anywhere in the world, allocates billions of tax payers money and maintains he doesnt know what it will be used for???!!! Was he presented with a budget, or did Julius just give him a thumb-suck? Anyone for a banana?

  • shakie - 2011-02-25 13:11

    I noted something here, when white tribe insult blacks - the comment is never removed but when a black nation return favour to the tribe - the comment is removed. No wonder why ANC want to regulate - it is because of all this nonsense, if u let one person insult the nation, why do u close the to respond - Idiots.

      pointblankza - 2011-02-25 13:19

      You got to be kidding right?? Read above, and I mean actually read tshepo's comments... then come back and tell me if black insults are removed.

      lldoidge - 2011-02-25 15:21

      Shame, your posts were probably unreadable. Ever thought of that?

  • Thas-Man - 2011-02-25 13:56

    People please do not be misguided, black people will never put a white person in power so just accept that and then be the change you want to see in South Africa. Your rude remarks are not helping anyone and this tendencies of continuing to call black people K****r will not change anything. this site is just full of racists who don't have balls to say all this things in person but use this site to escalate their racism behaviour. I have noticed that 90% of bloggers here are white so whatever you are saying is not heard outside of this blog.

      lldoidge - 2011-02-25 15:22

      How would you know 90% are white? Don't be fooled by names twally!

  • smallwhirled - 2011-02-25 14:00

    More money for expensive cars and clothing, that's all. They can only create a mess not jobs. What have they done since the NYDA was created? The NYDA itself is just a job creation exercise for well connected ANC supporters.

  • smscott4 - 2011-02-25 14:13

    the most important thing in any democracy is to judge the ruling part, Mr terminator.

  • smscott4 - 2011-02-25 14:15

    ? is that 12 parties? how's my maths?

  • smscott4 - 2011-02-25 14:19

    yeah that makes sense, 1 part a month for a year, it will creat jobs for the caterers

  • ZACKIE - 2011-02-25 15:14

    the loans work out to an average of R2000 or is this just the tips for the ancyl sushi models?

  • thiza - 2011-02-25 15:16

    We keep on focusing on job creation; check any newspaper and tell me how many jobs are advertised. The problem is not jobs, the issue here is that the youth do not possess the required skills to perform those duties.

  • mmonaledi - 2011-02-25 15:30

    ok, most of you have actually managed to take young tshepo's bait... time to go back to school and lean how to ignore morons. anywho, i dont' understand why this has now become a racial issue. If a government organisation does not spend money wisely then you freeze its damn assets and you atleast investigate what is going wrong. You DO NOT hand them my hard earned money and hope that they use it wisely. i am so over the disgusting greed and lack of brains this little organisation has shown. its time to clean up!

  • mcmdebeer - 2011-02-25 18:48

    Creating jobs!? Well...you are probably right...I can see you are clearly funding that little waitress' career at that fancy club called ZAR...I mean with a NYDA salary you can obviously afford the R73000 Hennessy cognac. Just a pity in the process you give a stuff about spending money in the right places where it is needed most!

  • gavin.john.oleary - 2011-03-06 07:16

    Is the NYDA a registered financial services provider that they can provide loans? Is there a register of what companies received these loans and how they funds were used? Is there a way of tracking the results of these loans? The NYDA should not be run by politicians, especially cronies from Youth Leagues, whether they are ANC or any other political party.

  • Zeus - 2011-03-06 08:38

    Can the DA Please declare Total Value of Trust Funds and Offshore Funds of its Youth,Forefathers and value of their Multiple Holiday Homes!

  • Goddok - 2011-03-23 17:54

    May God have mercy on the country where the slave becomes king and party from early dawn!!!

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-05 15:15

    we must be idiots..Heaven help us. JZ wont

  • SD - 2011-08-05 15:16

    IS IT NOT TIME FOR THE RATEPAYERS AND TAXPAYERS TO TAKE A LEAF OUT OF COSATU'S HAT AND STRIKE - WITHOLD FUNDS DUE IF THINGS ARE NOT TRANSPARENT - WASTEFUL SPENDING WILL EQUAL WITHOLDING OF RATES AND TAXES?

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