NYDA should move faster – Buti Manamela

2014-06-30 10:15

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The National Youth Development Agency should move faster in helping young people, Deputy Minister of Performance and Monitoring in the Presidency Buti Manamela has said.

"I met with the NYDA two days after my appointment, and told its leadership that we are aware that there has been change, but that the change should come much faster," Manamela said at The New Age's breakfast briefing in Johannesburg today.

Earlier, Manamela said the National Youth Development Act, promulgated in 2008, would undergo a review. The act gave birth to the NYDA.

He said the NYDA should be a resource on where to go in terms of bursaries or employment for the youth.

The NYDA chairman Yershen Pillay said the NYDA was there to support the youth.

"The NYDA will not deliver you to the promised land ... it will not give you a job. One should do that themself with the help of the NYDA," Pillay said.

He said his organisation's task of reaching the youth was enormous.

"We cannot have the NYDA do it alone, youth development should be a concern for everyone and every sector in our country," said Pillay.

Manamela also said the youth wage subsidy is not the only remedy for youth unemployment.

“The Employment Incentive Bill is not the panacea for youth unemployment,” he said.

The bill, also known as the youth wage subsidy bill, was enacted last year.

Manamela said it was important to ensure that the youth wage subsidy did not undo progress made in the workplace.

“We have to ensure that the bill does not maximise tension in the workplace, where employers replace older workers with young people.”

Manamela said the subsidy should be located within government’s policy of eradicating unemployment.

“It would be interesting to see what impact the youth wage subsidy will have in this regard,” he said.

Manamela, as secretary of the Young Communist League of SA, opposed the bill last year.

Reacting to the tabling of the bill in Parliament last year, Manamela said the bill appeared to have been rushed and misleadingly appeared to ensure that older and non-qualifying employees would not be displaced.

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