How the NYDA could have spent R106m

2011-10-10 13:00

Reading about how the NYDA spent R106m on a useless, pointless party just reinforced the idea that anything remotely connected to the ANC, even if it is not officially, tends to follow the kleptocratic path.

Here is an agency tasked with uplifting the youth - the same youth demanding economic freedom - who are doing everything but what they are mandated to. The immediate impression is of yet another drain on public funds, and the underlying message is "why bother creating jobs when we can blame the white man".

Still, perceptions are just that - an opinion formed by the appearance of an action, so let us focus on something more concrete.

Instead of spending R106m on a party designed to do no more but glorify themselves, let us consider that the NYDA actually spent their money on developing the youth.

They could have created a business plan competition, which would award four hundred small business start-up capital prizes of R25 000 each to deserving youth businesses.

That is 400 potential new employers, and if each one of them created just one new job directly, that would be 400 new jobs too  Eight hundred people, at a minimum, who would be able to be self-sufficient.

The argument here is usually "but not everyone is an entrepreneur".

True, this is why I said base it on a business plan competition. That way, you can gauge the good ideas, and the insight, of the competitors.

Of course, there would also be R6m left after the competition had run its course. Most of that could be used on support and training for the new youth entrepreneurs. Which should give them a relatively solid grounding, and I am pretty sure that an initiative like this would have support from big business, and very probably a lot of volunteer mentors.

Then, to publicise the whole thing, a press release. Perhaps some news coverage on the ANC’s pet broadcaster, the SABC?

Basically, what I am saying is that four hundred new youth businesses were thrown away on balloons and self-glorification by the NYDA.

And we wonder why South Africa is a shambles, with no hope in sight?

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  • wv - 2011-10-10 13:06

    In the meantime millions of their own people die of hunger and live without houses and jobs. Must be a culture thing.

      pierreedge - 2011-10-10 13:12

      "millions" die of hunger in SA??? reallllyyy, so the population dropped to what? 35, 30 millions? Come on, exaggerating in the other direction is as ludicrous as the extravagant spending on this party. Otherwise, Good article Tamara, for once i have absolutely nothing to disagree with you :-)

      Stryder - 2011-10-10 14:28

      @pierredge- Alright then, Millions live on or below the poverty line, millions of children go to school and to bed hungry. Hows that?

      pierreedge - 2011-10-12 12:38

      So what, you dont live below the line and you dont go to bed or school hungry, are you one of those entitlement prone people or something. Do you give money to just one or 2 of those millions of kids who go hungry in your mind? There are millions of homeless people in the US as well, over 7 to be exact, and they are the first world economy. Same in europe, several millions without food who skip a meal on two. Travel a bit in the world, and am talking the real world, not the 5 star hotels circuit and you will see that poverty exist everywhere. Some people just seem to criticize for the sake of criticizing End of the day, you dont know if there are 10 millions kids who go hungry, 1 million or 100 000. just another serial complainer

  • Willie_G - 2011-10-10 13:09

    And the official response will be.. "Eish... But what about the party and all the business... errrr municipal connections"??

  • Sadeck - 2011-10-10 13:10

    400 times R 25 000, equals R 10 million, not R 100 million. This means you have even more to spend. wow, the future would have been so incredible. But alas, boozing and partying are the order of the day, followed by statements like "WE DEMAND . . . . AND WE DEMAND . . ."

      TamaraSays - 2011-10-10 13:13

      I realised that just after I submitted it... make that 4000 businesses and 8000 potential jobs! Eish.

      TamaraSays - 2011-10-10 13:15

      Or they could have given them each R250 000! Imagine what top notch, hard working, forward thinking entrepreneurs could do with that!

      djza - 2011-10-10 13:32

      No, actually it probably is R10million - because R90m would have been absorbed to pay the "contractors" organizing the competition and the judges for their professional views!

      Tgif - 2011-10-10 14:32

      Please do the Maths for me , How many Youths attended the Party and what was the cost per head to host this ?? one hundred and six million Rands is a lot of partying . What did this youth conference achieve ???

      Krush - 2011-10-10 14:46

      As far as I can remember from previous articles, there were 15,000 people that attended the festival. That would equate to R7066.67 per person.

      Linus - 2011-10-10 15:11

      Whats the bet there was no allocation for condoms...

      Stool - 2011-10-11 11:06

      @tgif it probably got a load of people hooked on cocaine!

  • karlkat - 2011-10-10 13:16

    They will call you a racist or imperialist and tell you it is none of your business which is typical ANCYL style. It seems to me their interpretation of creating wealth is via the dodgy tender system and allocate tenders to their mates or family and obviously getting pay backs. If they could just realize how much damage is done to this country...

  • herman.brummer - 2011-10-10 13:19

    too much thinking for greedy and skulls

  • GT - 2011-10-10 13:32

    60,000 on confetti. can you actually get your head around it. I can just see the BMW z3 with the roof down and the bling... all paid for by balloon and confetti tenders.

      TamaraSays - 2011-10-10 13:34

      How much effing confetti must that have been? Were they modelling Everest out of paper for pete's sake? Who signs off on this nonsense - because whoever it is, they're an IDIOT!

      pierreedge - 2011-10-10 13:35

      pay your taxes, they say it's the right thing to do apparently. and to think sars employees feel good about what they do, and ecstatic when they collect more than their targets...

      Dave - 2011-10-10 14:24

      Wasnt it also R100,000 on ballons?

      Sven - 2011-10-10 16:02

      @pierreedge, No it is the "WHITE" Thing to Do.

  • Mgayi - 2011-10-10 13:50

    TamaraSays I hear what you are saying and you make valid points , only thing is your calculations don't add up to R106M and therefore the NYDA won't listen to you bcos your calculations come up to R16M whilst their budget for a kissing party is R106M

      Myth - 2011-10-10 14:20

      It's good that your skills in sums are reasonable, now exercise your reading skills; comment has already been made concerning that issue.

      Mgayi - 2011-10-10 15:33

      well well just bcos a comment has already been made does not mean the issue is closed for comments . Now exercise tolerance for freedom of expression "I write what I like " - Steve Biko

      Mgayi - 2011-10-11 09:16

      Me thinks it is the Steve Biko part that is getting many dislikes (lol)

  • Sisie - 2011-10-10 13:55

    That money could have been spent on developing businesses and job opportunities for the youth but we have spawned a generation of amoral, uneducated, unparented,welfare dependent youngsters - who would rather sit on their fat a***es and wait for that golden handshake that is going to come down from the sky at any moment, and deliver them all into mansions that they know they deserve. If the youth came up with any bright new ideas then they are certainly keeping mum about it. Then i would say that money was well spent, instead of squandering it on frivolities.

  • ProsAndCons - 2011-10-10 14:02

    Maybe a sensible comment is called for. @TamaraSays - that is a brilliant idea. I would volunteer my time and experience to help adjudicate, even if it is only to help sort out the potential good entries for onward adjudication. Maybe R 10m IS enough, or even R 5m, hell any amount to start would be good. Not likely to get it from Gov, but maybe a well-intentioned corporate sponsor is reading this and thinking.

  • werner.coetzer - 2011-10-10 14:02

    Good ideas, hopefully someone is taking note

  • Johan - 2011-10-10 14:12

    They spent R100 000 on balloons....must have used it for condoms.

  • john_jones - 2011-10-10 14:15

    But Tamara I think you are missing the bigger picture here. The Yoot Ajancy has so much to celebrate. Look at how WELL the Health System is. Look at how SAFE everyone in the country is. Look at the 100 % employment rate. Look at the quality of the Edumakashin. After 300 years of stupid White people working their backs off to build an economy the Yoot Ajancy has dicovered the way to get money for nothing. Easy. Just take other peoples money from their pockets and put it in your own. Stupid people in other countries and our own in times gone by would call that 'theft'. But the Yoot Ajancy has discovered a brilliant way around this little trifle. Call it 'development' and basta !. Money for nothing and chicks for free just like the song says. These guys are genuises. They are onto something. Mahala 4eva !. I think we should do the same. Take money from their pockets put it ours and call it 're-allignment'. I have some ideas how this could be done.

  • Sabelo - 2011-10-10 14:40

    How the NG Kerk could have spent Billions and billions of rands given to it by the then government just before '94 elections?

      Kwailoh88 - 2011-10-10 14:50

      Yes Sabelo - I can see you are under influence of one of your "Activities and Interests" as listed in your profile - and I am not sure if you can count either - Idiot

      TamaraSays - 2011-10-10 15:49

      Oh of course. And because Hitler killed Jews, we should all do the same. Just because bad people did bad things in the past, that doesn't mean we should excuse the same bad things from different bad people today. That's a knob end argument.

      gatvol4corru - 2011-10-10 19:46

      dimwit -- 3rd world comment from somebody with a short attention span and lack of IQ

      swimma - 2011-10-11 07:46

      Sabelo, you're an idiot. Your only answer is to seek to deflect attention from this gross mismanagement of funds meant to uplift people?? If you want to talk about the corruption in the NG Kerk, go ahead and write an article (make sure you do some research first, so you can put down something substantial, and try to avoid using 'imperialism' and 'capitalism' too much).

  • Charmain - 2011-10-10 15:11

    Taking into account that the average salary for each NYDA youth was R450,000.00 for 2010. (This info from an article about 2 weeks ago) They could have afforded the party themselves! Why did they need even more of the tax payers' money?

  • Lioness - 2011-10-10 16:21

    Ag no man, they would rather spend money on partying and then protest to have everything nationalised so they don't have to work. How can you expect them to work when it is so much easier to sit around and do nothing!

  • andre^^ - 2011-10-10 17:48

    WHERE WAS MY MAAIFOEDIE'ing INVITATION? sounds like a nice jol

  • Incongruous - 2011-10-12 17:20

    Tamara, whether or not people agree with your ideas, the one thing you're consistent about is proffering ideas to bring about positive change. If you had a chance to work with a group focused on that ideal, would you?

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