It’s the media’s fault – Lungisa

2011-05-30 12:27

National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) chairperson Andile Lungisa today lamented the media’s “lack of interest” in covering youth issues, saying it was “more attracted by the burning of tables”.

“I’m not Miss South Africa so I can’t attract media. We must burn tables for the media to be interested,” Lungisa said in Pretoria at the launch of the youth month programme.

This was after a question was raised about the lack of NYDA visibility and awareness, particularly in townships.

Lungisa said the media – particularly – was partly to blame as it did not cover many of the NYDA’s projects.

He further urged the media to be more committed to youth development.

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane admitted the agency was not making an impact on the youth as indicated by feedback received.

He said there were plans to expand the organisation’s reach.

“We will work on new strategies so that people can know about its existence and services. People do not know, we’ve noted that and we will work on it.”

It was also revealed at the briefing that the current budget allocated to the agency for the current financial was R380 million.

Lungisa said the NYDA intended expanding the satellite offices from 114 to 280.

Chabane said the agency had facilitated youth access to business funding to the value of R64.4 million and this business funding had been issued to youth-owned enterprises supporting 31 000 young entrepreneurs with business loan finance.

As part of its contribution to job creation, the NYDA had for the past two years sustained close to 60 000 jobs through various initiatives, Chabane said.

The agency came under spotlight with its hosting of the international youth festival in December. It had been allocated R75 million and incurred expenses of over R100 million. The festival report detailing expenses has since not been made public.

Chabane said it first had to go through Cabinet.

Lungisa said all the expenses incurred at the festival had been paid.

“The youth festival is history. We are focusing on other things now.”

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