NYDA board shake-up

2012-08-03 10:07

Johannesburg - National Youth Development Agency board chairperson Andile Lungisa has not made the shortlist for the agency's next board, according to reports on Friday.

A parliamentary ad hoc committee responsible for selecting the new board has recommended seven candidates, the Business Day reported.

Lungisa, an ally of former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, was excluded.

The recommended names are former SA Student Congress leader Xoliswa Bambiso; deputy national chairperson of the Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade Zandile Majozi, ANCYL members Muthupi Modiba, Kenny Morolong and Maropene Ntuli and Young Communist League members Yershen Pillay and Nyalleng Potloana, according to the Sowetan newspaper.

The committee's recommendations will be presented to the National Assembly on Tuesday for approval.
The approved list of names will then be sent to President Jacob Zuma for a final decision.

There were several calls to disband the NYDA after it hosted an unsuccessful World Festival of Youth and Students festival in December 2010.

The nine-day event, dubbed the "kissing festival" after delegates were seen playing kissing games while waiting for sessions to begin, was plagued by disorganisation and was reportedly R100m over budget.

Several speakers failed to turn up. The NYDA reportedly spent millions on balloons, confetti, musicians, poets, backpacks, caps, golf shirts, bottled water and even a tombstone for the event.

  • Squeegee - 2012-08-03 10:24

    Cant we use the tombstone and bury this agency?

      Revelgen - 2012-08-03 11:08

      Yes, the NYDA has done nothing of worth except waste taxpayers' money. Shut the whole useless thing down and spend the money on providing decent education - after getting rid of incompetents like Motshekga.

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-03 10:32

    Isn't there some way that we can give all these guys jobs in the education department? All they do is have parties.

  • Phelamanga - 2012-08-03 10:34

    With the exception of the IFP's candidates, it's still a Tripartite Alliance headed organisation. SASCO and the YCL are basically one and the same. Where are the DA Youth and other parties' Youth wings? Surely they should also have a role to play? What about non-political organisations being on the board as well? And, most importantly, where is the representation of all South Africans? It is yet another hole through which tax money is syphoned off to undeserving people.

  • Bush - 2012-08-03 10:48

    Now, am I mistaken or is this shortlist HEAVILY unrepresentative of the demography, as we are told all things should be these days?

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-08-03 10:50

    Close the agency and save us billions!!!

  • nathi.ntshobodwana - 2012-08-03 11:00

    This was long overdue. We cannot afford to have a government body only seving the interests of the few. The guys who are serving there are a bunch of chance takers and political deployees who couldnt make sence in the great scheme of things. They are just shelved comrades who are earning huge salaries without doing a thing concerning their mandate..... They must goooooo!!!!

  • ed.gutsche - 2012-08-03 11:11

    fire them all as they are a corrupt, incompetent group who have NO clue or skills in management or finance. GIVE THE MONEY TO START A HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORT TRAINING FACILITY that can nuture and train up and coming sportsmen, as well as assist and train potential world class athletes...that at least adds value than a bunch of corrupt kids providing food parcels to start-up businesses.

  • marlin.samuels.1 - 2012-08-03 12:01

    gud news fo me, i was flown up to make a presentation, only fo my ideas to be stolen, these guys not making d shortlist have secured themselves with contracts worth millions ,

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-08-03 13:51

    We have a brilliant supervisor at our work that has completed a night business administration course and is doing a shipping course. He works damn hard during the day. I have tried over and over again to get him in contact with NYDA, helped him write up a business plan for a small operation to supply rice and beans to his hometown. He only requires a little bit of financial help from the NYDA. They hardly bother to get back to us, and we have been struggling for the past year to try and get this chap assistance from NYDA.

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