NYDA buys R1m berets, shirts

2012-10-22 21:13

Cape Town - The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) spent close to R1m of its budget for June 16 celebrations on berets, Performance, Monitoring, and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane said on Monday.

Replying in writing to a parliamentary question, Chabane said a total of R2.8m was given to the NYDA for the youth day celebrations, which were held in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape.

"The host province, which was the Eastern Cape, covered the infrastructure for the National Youth Day Celebrations," said Chabane.

The presidency said it had spent, through the NYDA, an amount of R820 000 to show "opportunities available for young people".

Most of the other money was spent on branding and entertainment.

"The NYDA further covered costs for T-shirts for R490 000, berets to the value of R969 000, artists for R262 000, R294 000 for stadium branding, and lanyards for R17 000," said Chabane.

In addition to the funds provided by the presidency, Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kievit approved over R2m from provincial coffers.

Opposition parties have criticised the spending at an event where President Jacob Zuma was not even present.

Zuma cited his travel to Mexico for a G-20 leaders summit for not being able to address the event.

The NYDA is no newcomer to accusations of overspending.

In 2010, the agency hosted a World Youth Festival, which cost taxpayers over R100 million.

The NYDA was criticised when festival-goers complained of long queues, going hungry, and disorganisation. It was reported that some attendees played kissing games outside instead of attending scheduled sessions.

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-10-22 21:23

    What a waste!

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-10-22 21:30

    Its costs R10 to feed an orphan a day.. Go figure!

  • greg.quinn.353 - 2012-10-22 21:33

    That money could have been spent on young entrepreneur programs and teaching the youth how to start their own businesses, hell even buying them some upfront stock to resell or make products from. How does a beret and a lanyard show 'opportunities' for the youth? Clueless twats...

  • goodguy.buthelezi - 2012-10-22 21:36

    R1m for Berets? Iyo yo yo yo ...Does anyone know how to dodge tax?

      johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-22 22:24

      100% also thinking those lines.

  • tim.gordon.5011516 - 2012-10-22 21:36

    What the f88k were they made of? Gold? Or did they just cost R1000 each?

  • gaby.hide.3 - 2012-10-22 21:36

    Another branch of the anc

  • thabo.modiba.7 - 2012-10-22 21:39

    Mislead by the statement \put on your thinking cap\. Beret is not a thinking cap.

  • casskot - 2012-10-22 21:41

    I'm sure this was money well spent , hey Mr Chabane ...

      dudu.son.1 - 2012-10-23 01:39

      Im sure they 4got what had happened on June 16. If they knew what they were celebrating, they not have done suh damage to the Youth Day. Infact its a day of mourning. Gov must appoint a responsible person to manage this programme.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-22 21:43

    What exactly does this nyda do ?

      charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-10-22 21:52

      If this were not a public forum, I could give you the answer in very plain English. Apparently the things they excel at though are having parties and spending other's hard-earned money in dress-up clothes.

      gaby.hide.3 - 2012-10-22 22:02

      They are supposed to develop the youth, but let me ask you what does the beret symbolize to you?

      saintbruce.bruce - 2012-10-22 22:08

      Sounds like a government in waiting - much a do about nothing!

      pws69 - 2012-10-22 22:43

      Enrich ANC cronies

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-22 23:02

      Bend over and hold your ankles....

      somikazi.pita - 2012-10-22 23:59

      Mentor upcoming DJs.

      Johan Diedericks - 2014-06-16 19:14

      They steal!!!

  • TheSingingHorse - 2012-10-22 21:45

    Good Investment in the youth. The culture of incompetence, avarice, greed. wastefulness , wantonnes must be carefully nurtured in the youth lest the tradition becomes something of the past.We cannot afford a tradition bought with the blood of our ancestors to die.

  • thabo.modiba.7 - 2012-10-22 21:45

    Thinking caps, lol!

      Jacques - 2012-10-23 00:02


      heibrin.venter - 2012-10-23 02:43

      Hence why they were so expensive.... everyone came with a free brain transplant.

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-10-22 21:50

    R17000 for lanyards.... *facepalm*

  • david.a.meyer.925 - 2012-10-22 22:05

    I thought it was a costume party.....

  • rouen.heiberg - 2012-10-22 22:07

    And there will be zero consequences. Once again the ANC will shrug it off and get voted for again by their uneducated sheep to the slaughter while the DA gets accused of racism.

  • clive.brink - 2012-10-22 22:10

    Mind boggling, - then they wonder why our credit rating and worthiness is being downgraded and why the world frowning seriously at this joke unfolding here, saying the Economist is poorly informed.

  • zmvulane - 2012-10-22 22:10

    We need a Ministry of Youth Development and Advancement not the NYDA, which should have been disestablished after the infamous \kissing conference\!

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  • qhama.bona - 2012-10-22 22:13

    Oh my word!!! If this were not our hard earned tax payers money I would laugh about it. I can't say I'm surprised though the NYDA has shown in the past that they love spending big on nonsense. Who would forget that Youth Festival that cost a R100 million? Surely there are enough grounds to disband the whole NYDA because it has nothing for the youth of this country. You hardly ever see their offices but what you do know about them is that they employ most of the ANCYL NEC members. In these turbulent times for our economy you get the NYDA spending close to R1 million in stupid berets. Then you get the dept.of public works spending R200 million on renovating Zuma's homestead. You also get the president accepting a salary increase of 5% even though he's done nothing to deserve such an increase. Then you get the same president telling CEO's of state and private owned companies to freeze their salary increases. What a hypocrite!!! Where does Zuma get off telling people to do the right thing and he does the opposite? Is it a case of him having different rules to everyone else? We knew Zuma was always going to flop and loot the state resources but we didn't know he was going to be this awful. My word you just can't help but cringe when you Zuma trying to act as a statesman even though he's a lame duck president who's hellbent on enriching himself at the expense of taxpayers. No wander the NYDA are like this they learn from their master. God bless South Africa #sadanddespondent

  • Ayanda Welcome - 2012-10-22 22:14

    this NYDA is useless i have requested assistance to start my business bt i ddnt get it almost a year.....infact wdf is gng on in SA? these ANC hynas must be removed frm power

      johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-22 22:30

      Scavengers they are.

      dudu.son.1 - 2012-10-23 01:22

      We work so hard to pay for kissing games yet there is so much unemployment rates ! Poor people !

  • Bantu Holomisa - 2012-10-22 22:25

    Abuse of state resources on a politically contaminated so-called national youth development agency,which is nothing else but an extension of the ruling party's propaganda machinery.

      johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-22 22:29

      Tune hom bra!

      Alpheus Thupa Summer - 2013-05-17 10:32

      You are right. This was established to enrich the ANCYL leaders, and the name should be changed to African National Congress Youth Developmet (ANCYD).

  • David Rogers - 2012-10-22 22:33

    and the cANCer will get the vote again in 2014! Masses will lose again for the 20th year in a row!

      pws69 - 2012-10-22 22:47

      "stupid is as stupid does" - Forrest Gump. I rest my case, your honour.

  • givenvon.baloyi - 2012-10-22 23:34

    Where are the dumb "asijiki" idiots, can they comment about their friends and berets. Can the youth eat these berets? Can the youth be cloths in these berets?

  • somikazi.pita - 2012-10-22 23:48

    I seriously thought this was a 'twitter' jokes!

  • liza.a.smit - 2012-10-23 00:06

    "The NYDA is no newcomer to accusations of overspending." All one can ask, is when are the voters of our country going to wake up?......This is just another article about corrupt spending, on YET another day, by the CURRENT government ( please note: not specifically ANC BUT members of THIS government, ANC not the problem just these idiots) PLEASE wake up before it's too late for us all. Vote for change.....There are so many worthy candidates which could do a fantastic job of running this country BUT low and behold we have some how managed to scrape the bottom of the barrel. Is this what we have to say about ourselves, is this the best we can do!!! I think not, it's an insult to every South African that we settle for this below standard,

      liza.a.smit - 2012-10-23 00:18

      Cont.....Destructive, self serving government. It's about time we all stopped voting with emotion ( which every political party thrives on and breeds off) but rather based on facts and that which is reality. Take a GOOD look around, things are not looking positive for the future

  • Erna - 2012-10-23 00:11

    For a country that has so many poor people you'd think they could come up with better ways to spend this type of money. Seeing that it was youth day they could have sponsored a whole lot of students to help them with furthering their education!

  • rebecca.pooe - 2012-10-23 04:54

    This is s#it, arrest the Nyda leaders or planners,for fraud and corruption.

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-10-23 05:41

    The government must not be surprised when taxpayers stop paying tax and take the government to task like the Arab Spring

  • mafa.smith.9 - 2012-10-23 05:46

    the existance of this so called development agency stil puzzles me,with the majority of the youth they are said to be serving living below poverty line...the pathetic level of education could be corrected with proper use of our taxes

  • attie.gerber.1 - 2012-10-23 06:15

    they are taught right by the anc waste the money. it does not come out of their own pockets. their are billions of rands available so who cares

  • attie.gerber.1 - 2012-10-23 06:17

    if zuma can spend 200 mil on his house what is a mil or 100 mil for these idiots

  • tim.rolston.9 - 2012-10-23 06:46

    Millions of uneducated and unemployed youth and the best that the brains can come up with is T shirts and berets. Brillant, I can almost hear the sounds of upliftment as I type.

  • Lerato JT Mabitsela - 2012-10-23 06:51

    NYDA need to close shop.I dont see how they help reduce poverty in youth if not only enrich a few who are connected to their friends!

  • tian.reyneke - 2012-10-23 07:01

    Ahh money well spent again when the jolling is done you can take the lanyard and strangle people with it it has two functions and you only pay for one use innovation at its best!!!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-23 07:06

    Eish, but this country is going down the toilet - if the NYDA so badly wants to wear berets please put them in the Defense Force and send them some where in Africa. Hey if it achieves nothing else - they will see how the rest of Africa lives.

  • johnodup - 2012-10-23 07:20

    Gawd: as if they're not a idiotic-enough bunch already.... now wearing berets to boot!

  • thembisa.nozombile - 2012-10-23 07:24

    No but this is insane, out of a budgeted 2.8m only less than a million goes toward actual youth development and the rest on entertainment!!! This country is f***ed up!!

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-10-23 07:25

    Why must there always be a party? Typical westernised approach (from french queen - give cake to the starving!). Use the money for all youth development - it is the nyda, not nbyda (national black youth development agency)

  • Zanele Magadana-Scheepers - 2012-10-23 07:31

    those politician r living a good life while people of SA are struggle with poverty etc...wasting so much money on unnecessary things its so STUPID of them/ZuMa. I just hope thy wont elect Zuma again his a trouble

  • Zahir - 2012-10-23 07:40

    And what about the R1 million for kfc buckets for the youth league hooligans and friends

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-10-23 07:52

    they could not find a beret big enough for the head man, that,s why he could not attend.

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-10-23 07:58

    Wtf are this muggets on about,they aren't opportunities presented by NYDA to the youth of south africa except for their cronies I'm actually fed up ,can anyone disband this loony scheme because it really isn't living up to its purpose

  • RhymeLegend - 2012-10-23 08:12

    What's the purpose of NYDA? I don't see them doing anything except being on the wrong side all the time.

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  • dewalds3 - 2012-10-23 08:38

    Welcome to Absurdistan!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-23 08:52

    Government allows these idiots too much money, its time to bring their to book for wasteful expenditure. If the CEO's are asked to forgo an increase these darn idiots can do with a huge cut back on their allowance. Government is too lenient with them. Its the same as giving your 3rd child a R500 to spend. Government should control these organisation purse strings, thereby they have to make application for funds and therefore it should go before a committee before it being authorized. If it is for the wrong purpose, it gets denied.

  • impi.masondo - 2012-10-23 09:01

    it is there money what is wrong with giving to sopporters?

      tonyzr2tx - 2012-10-23 10:22

      It is not their money!!! It is our money.

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-23 09:42

    "It was reported that some attendees played kissing games outside instead of attending scheduled sessions." Hahahahahaaaaaaa like a bunch a 5 year olds!! What a waste of money, there people are retarded!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-23 09:58

    I am in need of a new wardrobe badly - can i also have R1 million for clothes - eish i would need to buy a house just to house them.

  • darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-23 11:18

    Typical brainless idiots. That money could've been better spent on the poor. But as usual lets go waist it on big parties, berets and t-shirts.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-23 12:08

    Adequate headcover is vitally important. The microscopic brains need maximum protection!