DA Youth challenges festival funding

2010-11-30 15:42

Johannesburg - The World Festival of Youth and Students lacks focus on youth development and the millions spent on it should rather be used to empower the youth, the DA Youth said on Tuesday.

"According to our information, minister in the presidency Collins Chabane has requested each provincial government to contribute R4 730 000 to the hosting of this festival," said DA spokesperson Lebo More.

"As the DA Youth, we have distanced ourselves from this youth festival as it lacks focus on youth development... this festival costs millions which could be used to empower young people in provinces."

The festival, organised by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), is set to take place in Tshwane from December 13 to 21 and is expected to attract 30 000 people.

In a statement last week, NYDA executive chairperson Andile Lungisa said the National Treasury set aside an amount of R29m for the event.

"This is not a music festival or a jamboree as some have opportunistically chosen to label it.

"This is a festival of ideas that provides SA youth and the NYDA with increased international partnerships and networking opportunities with youth development practitioners and leaders from around the world."

More said many young people in Gauteng were not attending school and had no access to skills development or assistance to start businesses because of a lack of funds.

"Amounts such as those requested by Chabane from provinces should be channelled to programmes, for example youth wage subsidies and other youth development initiatives, and not on a few days conference that will end up not having benefited young people at large."

The DA Youth urged the Gauteng provincial government and all departments not to honour this "wasteful expenditure as it has no solid benefit to the entire youth community of this province".

  • ILOVEME - 2010-11-30 16:35

    for once i agree with the DA - really how can so much money be wasted on a "conference and networking" event. Why not give the money to youth to embark on some small business or skills building. This is insane to say the least. We must get out of the culture of "partying" and remember to invest in the future of our youth

  • Smanga - 2010-11-30 16:48

    what a waste...

  • Judge DREAD - 2010-11-30 16:49

    Insane, another OBVIOUS and BLATANT waste of taxpayers money that could be used in SO MANY MANY MANY MANY different ways to empower the youth. Hang your head in shame Lungisa.

  • Boerseun - 2010-11-30 16:55

    I cannot agree more with the DAYL on this. The ANCYL is just using this as another party opportunity and no actual value will come from all this.

  • robertgunning - 2010-11-30 17:11

    Completely agree. What a waste of money. This money should have been injected into youth development projects not wasted on a "party" which seems to be dominated by backward thinking socialists.

      alfred - 2010-12-01 03:34

      The DAYL, who has been in the news twice in three months, both times for criticizing the ANCYL, is a joke. They are children playing in a grown up world. Amateur stuff!! Drop the lipstick, nail/gloss and diatribe that characterise the DAYL.For f#ck sake, are you people too stupid to realise the average voter can\t relate to a professionally made portrait mugshot with sparkling white teeth and blemish free complexion. The DA is doing a excellent job in CPT but their uppity "I'm better than that darkie" attitude is killing them.

  • rey.cornelissen - 2010-11-30 17:23

    9 provinces each contributing R4.7million plus the R29million set aside from the treasury equates roughly to about R81.3million. The ‘farcical’ is set to attract 30,000 people, mmmm lets see that’s about …………R2,710 each …………. WTF?

      MrSpiderman - 2010-11-30 18:21

      Hey my friend, let's also enrol, claim the money, watch the cricket / rugby / soccer and laugh at these leeches!

      Arthur Phili - 2010-11-30 22:04

      R2,710 each. I don't think numbers make any sense to them. They require 30 000 highly paid tax payers working for a whole month just to support this.

  • Other Justin - 2010-11-30 17:36

    Andile Lungisa, so that's where the useless Malema sidekick disappeared to. So the NYDA is just another ANCYL side show. What a joke, just another waste of tax payers money AGAIN! What a bunch of useless morons, here sit the youth of this country, uneducated because they are either too freaking lazy or they just do not have the funds to study, why not give this money to deserving young people who cannot afford to study. NOOOO, CAN'T HAVE THAT, WE CAN'T MISS OUT ON A PARTY!!! VIVA AMAUSELESS VIVA!!!!!

      Skottie - 2010-11-30 23:13

      Youth not uneducated because they are lazy ... it is because their leaders keep occupying them with useless acts like toy-toying. Every young person in South Africa, black/white/coloured/asian/green/yellow/etc will GRAP an opportunity to study if their leaders will lead them to it ... Fact: The anc doesn't want the majority to educate themselves as they will not have that many votes any more, and that is sad.

      Skottie - 2010-11-30 23:14

      GRAP = GRAB (sorry!)

  • sewsexy - 2010-11-30 18:03

    This is just a way for the ANCYL and Communist Countries Youth to get together to get rid of IMPERIALISM (as per their agenda) throughout. I say f*&&** them. Rather spend the money on the youth who deserve this, whether they be black, white, pink or purple with yellow spots

  • paultappan - 2010-11-30 19:29

    I agree with the DA that this is a waste of money. I voted for the DA. I also challenge the DA to equal the amounts spent by all other provinces and to use these funds to improving living standards of less fortunate people in the Western Cape. Now would'nt that show the ANCYL a thing or two.

  • justice4all - 2010-11-30 20:41

    This festival is really about promoting the ANC to the youth - that simple

  • HOPEWELL MONARENG - 2010-11-30 20:48

    U can challenge all u want but it will go ahead without u morons. Reality

      Melvyn - 2010-12-17 11:21


      cstafford007 - 2010-12-17 19:31

      Melvyn - by minority, i'm assuming you're referring to people with common sense?? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realise that this is (yet another example) of irresponsible spending by the government (and national lottery fund). It has nothing to do with race - playing the race card is becoming very old in the new South Africa. In fact, if you're so anti-discriminatory, why mention the phrase "black MAN"- surely it would make no difference if it was a woman?? Discrimination is not an action - it's a mindset, and perhaps some of us are more guilty of it than we think...

  • olslostmarbles - 2010-12-01 09:45

    I heard Andile Lungisa being interviewed on the radio. It turned out to be one long anti-capitalism, anti-imperialsm and pro-socialism rhetoric. The festival sounded more like a political event than anything else.

  • Realis - 2010-12-14 11:18

    What definitely is going to be empowered is stomachs and sex drives.

  • Philip - 2010-12-16 16:10

    NYDA Chairperson Andile Lungisa who really do you represent? How many young blacks do support the DA? I quess you are just a puppet. And this statement was not written by you but by a whitie! Or it had to be given the ok by your seniors!You are just trying to get some media coverage, lady! Fact is very few blacks support the DA, even less blacks. To much to lose, eg job opportunities etc

      THH - 2010-12-17 09:08

      @Philip You are a C@CK TONSIL, bud do you have any idea what you are talking about?

  • Jester - 2010-12-16 16:21

    Under which umbrella does this fall ? "eradicating " poverty or Job creation , last I heard that was the two of the how many promises made.Howmany shacks was washed away with this rain again? I'm pretty sure those people would have loved to get a roof over their heads instead of listening to people that make the noises that put them in the news!

      Richard - 2010-12-17 13:25

      yep and still enough to buy a bit of tar to fill in the country s gazillion potholes

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