R40m in lotto funding for youth festival

2010-12-09 15:09

Johannesburg - The bulk of the funding for the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students will come from a R40m grant from the national lottery, the National Youth Development Agency said on Thursday.

Hosting the event would cost R69m, of which R40m had been contributed by the national lottery, NYDA executive chairperson Andile Lungisa told reporters at the agency's headquarters in Midrand.

The balance of R29m had been promised by the government.

Lungisa said none of the funding for the festival, which was expected to start on December 13, would come from the coffers of the NYDA.

"There will be no tampering with the NYDA budget."

Apart from the funding received from the lottery and the presidency, Lungisa said some companies had provided services towards the festival.

The event was originally meant to be held in Johannesburg at an estimated cost of R340m, but was subsequently moved to Pretoria to cut costs. About 30 000 people were expected to attend. They would all be accommodated at the Tshwane University of Technology.

The hosting of the festival has come in for criticism from opposition parties, especially the Democratic Alliance, which said it was "astonished" that the presidency had granted R29m to host the nine-day student festival themed "Let's defeat imperialism".

"The NYDA is a public entity, mandated to act in an impartial manner, to advance the interests of all of South Africa's youth," Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Athol Trollip said recently.

The World Festival of Youth and Students has previously been held in Pyongyang, North Korea; Havana, Cuba; and Caracas, Venezuela.

Member parties who made up the event include the Zanu-PF Youth League from Zimbabwe, and the youth league of the Workers' Party of North Korea.

Comment could not immediately be obtained from the National Lotteries Board. According to its website it is required to distribute 45% of its funds to charities; 22% to arts, culture and national heritage and 5% for miscellaneous purposes.

  • Dieter - 2010-12-09 15:18

    Lotto is 'n k@k idee, want alles word vir die swartes gegee!

      Ammie - 2010-12-09 15:42

      @Dieter - Your a poet and doesn't even know it! Jy sinnetjie rym so mooi.

  • Kevin - 2010-12-09 15:21

    This is outrageous . The Lottery surely has zero right to donate money to such a useless event that is costing an even more outrageous amount. it looks like the govermnent is tapping evrything to give the youth outrageous funding. I say cut all Youth League funding as there behaviour is normaly such that every cent is wasted.

  • Guida - 2010-12-09 15:22

    Since when is the ANCYL a charity We are lead to believe that lotto money goes to feed hungry mouths and support the millions of orphans in this country. Since when is Malema an orphan!!

      mduduzik - 2010-12-09 16:36

      Though I dont approve such a waste of expenditure by YL.I believe you need to read and understand the last paragraph about disribution of funds by Lotto Board.

  • Ulrich - 2010-12-09 15:23

    69,000,000.00 = 522 Teachers salaries for a year. Go figure :)

      cervezab - 2010-12-09 16:36

      thanks for putting it in perspective

      Allin - 2010-12-09 18:00

      They will produce useless matriculants, and the Youth Festival is equally useless. So, what's the difference?

  • mark.w.reardon - 2010-12-09 15:27

    DISGRACEFULL waste of funds!!! There are many Health NGO’s battling, awaiting on funds from the National Lottery. Nine days of booze, food and excess…whilst NGO’s close due to lack of funding from National Lottery.

  • MOTEK-XX - 2010-12-09 15:29

    I was under the impression that the funds generated by the National Lottery was to be used for charities? In light of this I will no longer spend a cent on the Lottery. I usually buy tickets valued at about R500 each month. In my mind, this borders or financial mismanagement. Shame on you !

      Christine - 2010-12-09 18:10

      I agree. To give this money to the ANC youth league is Outrageous. But please people, we are living in the Useless-Zuma era. What else can we expect. Ethic's? What's that? The Lotto board should be brought to task for this outrageous expenditure.

  • daspoort - 2010-12-09 15:29

    1. “But also, as a youth generation confronted with massive challenges of poverty and unemployment, the ANC Youth League is forever expected to provide guidance and leadership on what should be done towards the real betterment and empowerment of people’s lives.” - Floyd Shivambu, spokesperson for the African National Congress Youth League, in an interview as to why the Youth League has resurrected the nationalisation debate. 2. “Our people continue to live in poverty and starvation, whilst beneath the soil of South Africa is massive wealth which should be redirected to benefit all our people” - ANC Youth League President's Address to the WFYS IOC Meeting in Tshwane 15 October 2010 Yip, massive challenges, thats why we can afford to waste R69m.

  • Abongile - 2010-12-09 15:34

    Unbloody believable...

      Grieta - 2010-12-09 16:38

      Ja wragtig! Unbelieveble! So many people are staving of hunger yet they can waste like this. Lotto was meant to help people in need, yet the lotto need to spen it on s---t like this!

  • Ross - 2010-12-09 15:36

    Is this going to be another quasi ANCYL bash. Roll out the Blue Label's!!!!

      Christine - 2010-12-09 18:14

      Yes it is another Big Fat Party!!! Bring on the French Champagne (the ANC youth league would never dream of supporting local vineyards). Tawdry Reprobates

  • rethan - 2010-12-09 15:37

    it is all corrupt!

  • Bullet - 2010-12-09 15:37

    As the article says the money generated from the National Lottery is for Charities, arts, culture etc, if this funding does not fall within this scope then it is illegal use of funds. If they go ahead and fund this festival please can all those people who are against this speak with their money and boycott the National Lottery full stop.

      PB - 2010-12-09 16:23

      Bullet, don't you know that whatever the ANC is even remotely involved in, is above the law. We can scream and shout all we want, this is just another party to get the youth to vote for the ANC next year. It is not as if they will the young jack asses will see past the b.s. - whoever gives them t-shirts and host free parties is going to get their vote. And yes, I know it is the NYDA that is supposedly organising this p*ss up - but 90% of the top structure is Juliaaaase's buddies. It is too shocking - there are so many more deserving causes, but the Lotto will waste a huge amount of money on a bunch of drunken idiots who behaves like morons (remember the ANCYL meet where Juliaaas got chosen to "lead" the youth?). Hopefully enough of the budget will be earmarked to rebuild the venues, as they will trash it.

      mduduzik - 2010-12-09 16:39

      There is no one who is forced to play Lotto but people do it on their own will driven by greed.

      Sue - 2010-12-09 17:26

      @ mduduzik, not everyone is driven by greed. I for one think of the needy and if I win then that would be my lucky day, but I would still give to charities if I won. You I suppose wouldn't even think of doing that.

  • Ross - 2010-12-09 15:38

    Is this another quasi ANCYL bash? Roll out the Blue Label's!!!

  • alexander.lombard - 2010-12-09 15:38

    So let's stop buying lotto. Seriously all the ANCYL does is party party party.

  • anmar2911 - 2010-12-09 15:47

    thats right steal the lotto money now for yourselves. are the state coffers empty?

  • green_goblin - 2010-12-09 15:47

    and who is going to fit the bill to fix up the campus after the "festival" is finished?

  • Brandon96end - 2010-12-09 15:48

    Ja. 40m for this crap while Orphanages, the SPCA, and other care centers have to sit and wait. Marvelous to see we have our priorities straight.

  • blcotter - 2010-12-09 15:50

    Brian - Let us defeat Imperialism. Look at the participants - Members or near members of the USA Rogue Nations. This same event has previously been held in Cuba, Pres Zuma last week gave away a debt of over R1 billion (failed state), Venezuela, Julius Malema is spouting the nationalsiation policies of Chavez, leader of the Bilvarian revolution (what an absolute disaster) and North Koea, whom Julius Malema was supporting when Pres Zuma was travelling again to the conference in South Korea. Let us not forget N Korea has fired the first shots to get a war going. No further comments needed for Zanu PF whose President Mugabe robbed his oposition at his last general election. ARE THESE ARE FRIENDS? Pres Zumas money is Tax money and Lotto money is for good projects. I DO NOT WANT TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CROWD

  • soms71 - 2010-12-09 15:51

    What about the people who really needs it? Stop wasting the money. Focaus on the poor, the sick and needy people, not on lazy useless youths.

  • oxygen - 2010-12-09 15:52

    The ANC and ANCYL has just shown the finger to South Africa.

  • maja - 2010-12-09 15:52

    Isn't the money supposed to go to charity?

  • Jay - 2010-12-09 15:55

    Lets defeat imperialism???? WTF!!!! Unbelievable!!!!! although why am i surprised?

  • Jo - 2010-12-09 15:56

    Imagine what opportunities would be created for SA youth if R200 million was spent on upgrading the Tshwane University of Technology and opening another valid nursing college and a valid teachers' training college. You can teach someone to hate capitalists and sing communist songs for free, but teaching young people viable skills costs money and dedication. Oh, and you have to actually care about them.

  • K-9-Commando - 2010-12-09 15:59

    I can still be conidered youth. They can give me a few million to finnish my studies and generally improve my life. c'mon Lotto, be a bro and improve lives in the long run not just for a silly party

  • bill - 2010-12-09 16:00

    These unemployable locusts do not desrve a cent of charatable money.No doubt the lottery bourd has an ANC parasite taking orders.Another example of the thieving Zuma regime.

  • Chops - 2010-12-09 16:06

    Thats another good reason why I never buy Lotto tickets

  • Tc - 2010-12-09 16:12

    It is well known that the Youth Festival is a ANC Youth League and Malema staged show! ANC at it again.

  • matukanej - 2010-12-09 16:19

    Rubbish, the NYDA is not the ANCYL and imperialism must be dealt with. Just because funding is going to an opposing view all you racists don't want to see progress amongst black people. In my village, we now have running water, schools and roads, thank to the ANC. The ANCYL paid for 150 impoverished children from Limpopo to go to university last year, but you never print that story. We are tired of your black people bashing antics, and get a life.

      Jan - 2010-12-09 16:34

      Shame could have been 15k children....

      cervezab - 2010-12-09 16:45

      they are bashing the ANCYL, not black people, I hope you see the difference, as their drinking of imperialist beer and whiskey and driving imperialistic cars and wearing imperialistic watches and their imperialistic SALARIES does not represent the average person in SA but creates a society of unequal economic and cultural relationship. The 1st step to stop imperialism in SA is to stop he current ANCYL lifestyle

      cervezab - 2010-12-09 16:51

      and the NYDA is not the ANCYL, but they have been hijacked by them and are being abused by the ANCYL at the expense of the people that should benefit from it. With the money spent on their 9 day party, they can build a school and pay the salaries of the teachers for the next 10 years.

      Spyker May - 2010-12-09 17:04

      Matukanej, bru, What portion of the ANC government’s income – in other words tax money – comes from these “racists” (i.e. whites)? When you have calmed down – think carefully who really paid, by far the largest portion, of the running water, schools, roads and for university... It is NOT the ANC, my brother, its those “racists” – in other words white people. This is the trick the ANC is pulling on ordinary people – you are simply being deceived... As far as “imperialism” is concerned - it is clear you do not have an inkling what it means. Some assistance, a) It does NOT mean, WHITE PEOPLE or RACISTS. b) It does mean, By definition: "the creation and maintenance of an unequal economic, cultural and territorial relationship, usually between states and often in the form of an empire, based on domination and subordination." E.g., - Like the “unequal economic” created by the ANC’s BEE aristocracy, not least the ANCYL. JuJu and his friends spend enough on ONE NIGHT’s drunken party, to send hundreds of students to university, for a year (albeit 150 from ONE village...???). What you are seeing my friend, is the scraps the ANC is feeding you, to trick you. - “in the form of an empire” = the ANC’s BEE empire (of personal wealth). - “domination and subordination” = just listen to the Youth League. By definition: “Imperialism is usually autocratic” like the ANC Youth League... I fear by the time you realise how you are being deceived by the ANC it will be too late...

      Saamprater - 2010-12-10 06:08

      I pity you. Your rantings are prove that not all must be given a voice and a platform to use it. We are complaining about people using money that was intentended for the upliftment of the very people you cry about, that are now being used on a useless party. Get rid of that racist-tainted glasses and realise that you will party yourself into bankrupcy. But at least you will be able to get money and funding from the USA, like the rest of Africa, or will it be China this time around? Wake up and smell the roses, This money was to uplift the people, all the people, but no, you vote for a whiskey-drenched party instead. Africa stays its own worst enemy.

      pop101 - 2010-12-10 08:37

      So the word of the week is Can't wait for next weeks word. If only the ANCYL can take time and actually look up the meaning of these words before using it.;). Spyker, forget trying to explain. You can't "spyker" information into someone thats not willing to listen.

      PB - 2010-12-10 09:19

      Spyker May - that sound you hear in the background is me, applauding you for a spot-on comment.

  • Michelle - 2010-12-09 16:23

    What a waste of money; surely there is a more deserving cause?

  • Mark - 2010-12-09 16:25

    One wonders who is going to get rich out of this whole thing, or whose coffers are going to be overflowing!!! An absolute disgrace. Urge all sensible South Africans to boycott the Lotto!

  • Spyker May - 2010-12-09 16:27

    Two issues, 1). Funding the World Festival of Youth and Students [WFYS] by funds raised by the SAcan Loto is a clear case of misrepresentation – the DA should consult their lawyers. The WFYS is a brazenly politicised event, boldly built on leftist socialist fundamentals – e.g. those supported by oppressive, single government states/regimes. The key is not weather one is in agreement with the principles (or principals, for that matter) of the WFYS – the crux is that funding it with Loto money, is fraud. 2). Then, the near preposterously laughable element = the ANC Youth League’s [ANCYL] involvement. ANCYL is an organisation that has distinguished itself by the following, - An insatiable love for Capitalism and all the designer spoils associated with it – e.g. cars, clothes, houses, watches, champagne, royal food, etc. - Exploiting the poor, unemployed and misfortunate, to build their aristocratic empire, of personal wealth. - Being the epitome of laziness and indiscipline. - Exploiting state mechanisms for personal gain. - The sodomy of woman’s rights. etc. The DA Youth should protest at the WFYS to make the world aware of what the ANCYL really stands for.

      cervezab - 2010-12-09 16:47

      your point number 2 is almost the definition of imperialism

      PB - 2010-12-10 09:21

      And again, you hit the Spyker on the head.

  • Kevin - 2010-12-09 16:34

    The consience of the country should get a court interdict to stop this blatant theft.Come on the DA,stop this outrageous misuse and abuse. Surely the Lotto has no right to donate the money to useless causes.

  • COLNAGO - 2010-12-09 16:38

    There goes 1000 houses. Lets start adding up. R1.3mil for eskoms party

  • Shado3225 - 2010-12-09 16:42

    Just one more reason to not play lotto. Surely feeding hungry people is more important!

  • Mike@CapeT - 2010-12-09 16:43

    I hope that the NYDA will be required to account for every cent of the allocation otherwise, we all know where it is going to end up...don't we!?

  • jjmthom - 2010-12-09 16:46


      PB - 2010-12-10 09:27

      jjmthom, the ANC and all of the spinoffs (ANCYL, NYDA etc.) consider themselves above the law - they have safety in numbers and no amount of reasoning and huffing and puffing is going to have any effect on them. I wish WIKILeaks could have brought us the inside story of the meeting between LOTTO and NYDA so we could understand how they were convinced that this was a brilliant investment in our country's future. Just like the World Cup, this is just a crying shame of a bad investment.

  • YasButIDunno - 2010-12-09 17:09

    Theft from deserving charities is what it is. May I ask anyone who will no longer play the lotto because of this misappropriation of funds, to consider donating to the Avril Elizabeth home for the handicapped (all ages, all races) instead. They battle to stay afloat with NO help from the government or the lotto.

  • Sue - 2010-12-09 17:24

    That's the last time I play the Lotto. Thought my money was going to good use! Why do they qualify from a charity organisation. Lotto you are exploiting the money, you should be disgusted, but know your not....freeking irritating. Sorry needy you won't be getting anything for Christmas. I suppose it's up to us taxpayers to hand out even more money to help the needy as our government don't seem to care about you at all.....

  • lusiboy - 2010-12-09 17:32

    How about 40 million in tertiary level education or 40 million rand for the development of sanitation,housing and green energy panels for the poor..........................WE MUST DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS NONSENSE WHILE WE STILL HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH...COME ON SOUTH AFRICA WAKE UP

  • Carolyn - 2010-12-09 17:53

    40 million to waste on a festival, what about the hospitals,schools, and pensioners. Wake up you stupid bastards.

  • Roderick - 2010-12-09 17:55

    Does anyone else notice that it will cost R271 million less to host the "festival" in Pretoria rather than in Johannesburg? Is Pretoria that much of a slum?

  • Monica - 2010-12-09 18:07

    Instead of giving money or a festival; why can you not use these funds for students that are bright to study.

  • Christine - 2010-12-09 18:28

    and just to further add to my disgust: i buy lotto thinking that i'm giving to Charity, that i'm by buying a ticket i'm doing some good for art, culture and sport in my country. But guess what? I'm giving away my hard earned cash to "defeat imperialism"! So that the North Koreans Youth who bomb and maim South Koreans can come to South Africa for a half-baked Youth Festival and party it up..... But why am i disappointed?

      Margaret2 - 2010-12-10 08:24

      If you want to give to charity, do so directly to a charity of your choice. That way the full amount that you give goes to the charity. Also, choose your charity wisely.

  • daspoort - 2010-12-09 18:56

    ANCYL: Statement by Floyd Shivambu, African National Congress Youth League spokesperson, on the submission to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on the establishment of a state owned mining company (26/05/2010): 1) "The richness of South African happens alongside high levels of poverty, unemployment and massive inequalities." [ok Floyd and ANCYL, if there is poverty, unemployment and inequalities, how come you spend R69m on a party. And dont come and say its a conference, we know how the ANCYL behave at conferences...remember Bloem? If Helen Zille and the DA were to spend that on a conference, the "white imperialist capitalist racist" would have been crucified] 2)"There is a consensus amongst most economic and political analysts that approximately 40% of South Africans are living in poverty. with the poorest 15% in a desperate struggle to survive." [Oh really, but you have R69m to spend on a party!!] 3)"Young people are the most affected by the massive poverty and, unemployment and inequality challenges." [No way, but there is R69 to blow on a party] 4) "Joblessness is one of the major contributors to poverty, starvation and many other social ills." [Floyd, with R69m you can create plenty jobs you muppet!!] 5)"The South African economy continues to exclude a substantial number of our people, while benefitting few previously advantaged individuals." [Huh? Floyd, stop smoking your Cuban cigars and drink your KWV brandy in your Sandton mansion and focus...]

      daspoort - 2010-12-09 19:03

      5)"But we also believe that the State Owned Mining Company can do the following: a) Create new economic centres of development outside of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. [And could R69m not help do that??] b) "Could improve the working conditions and salaries of Mine workers" [Floyd, R69m????] c)"The government revenue that is generated from taxes will not be able to build better lives for all South Africans. Government cannot solely rely on taxes to deliver better services to majority of our people" [Floyd, its because our tax money is squandered on parties such as this] So Floyd and ANCYL, what do think you are doing? Are you in Vegas? Or America or the UK?? Then we dont spend unnecessary money on useless parties. Always keep it real...and remember....I'm watching you!!

  • duncan - 2010-12-09 20:20

    While real babies get no milk formula !!!!!

  • Leon - 2010-12-09 20:28

    And so the Communistic gravy train continues at the expense of the poor.of course the ANC will back this - it's enforcing their ideology on the youth.You are already a Communist state looking to "defeat imperialism.Be afraid,be very afraid.Tribes that oppose this "transformation" will be eradicated.Lessons learnt from Stalin,China,north Korea,Zimbabwe,Venezuela,Cuba...How do you defeat imperialism-simply destroy it.

  • Thami - 2010-12-09 20:40

    Kevin, Guida, et al, Read the facts before you post your comments. The conference is hosted by the National Youth Development Agency. Nowhere in the article does it mention the ANCYL. Stop reading with your blinkers.

      Roderick - 2010-12-09 22:36

      Thami, read these facts: and then justify how this has nothing to do with the ANCYL. Blinkers? Sounds a bit like the pot and kettle story

      pop101 - 2010-12-10 08:43

      C'mon Thami, deep down in your soul you know who is running the NYDA.

  • Rowena - 2010-12-09 20:40

    This money is meant for the POOR and NEEDY! I am actually horrified. Guess that I will no longer be buying lotto tickets. I am certainly not supporting the ANCYL.

  • Rowena - 2010-12-09 20:43

    This money is meant for the POOR and the NEEDY. I am horrified! Guess I will never buy another lotto ticket. I am NOT supporting the ANCYL!!!

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  • Saamprater - 2010-12-10 06:04

    It is just wrong when moneys collected to boost the welfare system in South Africa is spent on a party. How is it that people get so arrogant that they forget that they are put in positions to guard and responsibly mannage resources given to them for the welfare of the poor. Well, I trust that nobody will give these thieves another cent.