Taxpayers footed youth festival bill

2011-08-05 15:00

Cape Town - Almost the full R100m cost of the World Festival of Youth and Students came from the pockets of taxpayers, with just R2.3m raised through delegate fees, according to a report tabled in Parliament this week.

The biggest single contribution was R40m controversially committed by the Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, followed by R29m provided by Treasury as part of the presidency's medium-term budget framework.

The rest of the costs were covered by R1m donations from the premiers offices in the Eastern Cape, Free State, Limpopo and Northern Cape and R1.5m from the premier's office in Mpumalanga.

Two national government departments and a host of municipalities also contributed funds to the nine-day event in December last year that made headlines for poor planning and pictures of delegates kissing and napping.

The department of arts and culture provided R3m and the department of communications R1.89m.

The Western Cape's Bitou and Hessequa municipalities, both embroiled in allegations of financial impropriety, each contributed R13 600.

The public protector recently found that Hessequa Mayor Chris Taute had acted improperly in soliciting donations for the ANC in a letter bearing the municipality's letterhead.

R17.8m outstanding

The report, which was tabled in Parliament by Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, noted that the National Youth Development Agency was still trying to collect R17.8m in outstanding commitments from provincial and national departments.

The expenditure section of the report showed that sound systems, telecommunications, seating and security costs came to R14m and translation services to R3.4m. Bags, caps, T-shirts and stationary for the 15 000 delegates and banners, billboards and branding for the festival cost R8.3m.

The single biggest expense was R24.5m for travel and accommodation costs for the delegates.

The report said the festival succeeded in raising awareness of social and political injustice among young people from around the globe.

"At the end of the festival the youth of the world were united in their condemnation of all forms of inequality, oppression and social and political inequalities. Equally the youth committed to continue their struggles against these social ills."

  • dnrsa87 - 2011-08-05 14:55

    Why was I not invited?!

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-05 15:03

      who's gonna foot the bill when all the tax payers are gone cause of malema's stupid idea's

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-05 15:14

      @Zizo...very in banana!

      The_Realist - 2011-08-05 15:15

      about as fruitful as zooma is (dis)qualified for his job!

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-05 15:16 fruitful that the country is going pear shaped

      jowza - 2011-08-05 15:26

      a couple of sjamboks would have worked out much cheaper

      watalife - 2011-08-05 15:45

      Just another great black day in dark africa....

      Sue - 2011-08-05 16:00

      @ Zizo, how fruitful? Don't see any changes just demand upon demand.

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-05 16:38

      Oh Zizo...why did you have to go and delete your was providing many laughs for the readers

      cliffarc - 2011-08-05 17:46

      - They spoend like there's no tomorrow. The problem is that most blacks have no concept of the value of money and how hard it is to earn. When they've driven all the whites from the country, maybe they'll get the wake up call they deserve.

      pierreedge - 2011-08-05 18:57

      R24.5 MILLIONS for travel and accommodation costs for the delegates??? Did they travel via sydney or london? Arent those delegates the same one who have a million rand mercedes car part of their job perks??? This is wrong, very wrong

      1SAIBn88 - 2011-08-05 19:05

      what's the point of commenting here when there are so many worthless comments!

      pierreedge - 2011-08-05 19:10

      R24.5 MILLIONS for travel and accommodation costs for the delegates??? Did they travel via sydney or london? Arent those delegates the same one who have a million rand mercedes car part of their job perks??? This is wrong, very wrong

      Macho Mike - 2011-08-05 20:00

      Ag jislyk, stop moaning like. What is a mere R24 million of wasted hard earned taxpayers money, when the African National Clowns waste billions of rands eaxh year? Hold on to your underods, this is going to become the norm folks.

      Creeky - 2011-08-06 09:32

      It's a matter of : "One for you..." "...and One for me..." "One for You..." "TWO for me..." "One for you...." "THREE for me.."

      Creeky - 2011-08-06 09:34

      i DON'T MIND GETTING screwed.... BUT when I am being f**ked, SOMEONE HAS TO kiss me!!!!

      saliem - 2011-08-06 09:41

      "At the end of the festival the youth of the world were united in their condemnation of all forms of inequality, oppression and social and political inequalities. Equally the youth committed to continue their struggles against these social ills" Well I guess we could say that then these findings were profound and well worth the outlay - ermmmm by my reckoning the nett output is around R670,000 per digit. Oi but hang on... the hoof league says virtually the same thing every time they step onto a public platform; why didn't they rather cancel the conference and hand over the $$ to Malema? It would have cut out a lot of the logistics and they could have rather had a HUGGGGGE Johny Blue and Sushi rave :P

      tryanything - 2011-08-06 10:41

      This news article is over two days old

  • Observer - 2011-08-05 14:55

    Awesome! I feel so honoured to have contributed, in my first year of paying tax, to this fantastic festival. How will I ever top this? (HEAVY sarcasm)

      paulf - 2011-08-05 15:03

      LOL, I feel we are paying too much taxes. If I see the amount of tax money being used, abused and stolen I feel we are overtaxed.

      Met - 2011-08-05 15:36

      Thieves in Training.A prerequisite for the ANC school, where maths and science is seen as imperialist indoctrination. All the future leaders of the country. Amandlaaaaaaa followed by 'We are going down---"

      Welleducated - 2011-08-05 16:28

      The ANC supported should pay for all their expenses, and the non-ANC people should pay towards non-ANC provinces, such as the western cape for example. We would then see how quickly fools would change their votes.

      MrSpiderman - 2011-08-05 16:48

      Ai Observer, I am sincerely blissful that you experienced such honour on your first tax year. Be assured though, many more to come! Await 9 months after their kissing, oops conference, and then you will have to assist with the NHI and medical expenses! (MORE sarcasm!)

      Ogre - 2011-08-06 11:24

      I have had enough! Have just now opened a new account into which my provisional tax will be paid. No more until I as taxpayer feel that I am not being screwed. I would suggest more do the same as the government cannot jail all. We need to create a Union for taxpayers where we can legally apply to go on strike, just like all the other representative unions do. This might sound naive, but I am at the point where I am not willing to pay for any more free rides or parties. I will do my research into creating a union as mentioned above and post the updates. Gatvol Incorporated

  • Dal68 - 2011-08-05 14:58

    What did malema make out of this deal??

      DW - 2011-08-05 15:43

      The entertainers at the festival played at his birthday party the next week "for free" - work it out for yourself

      Aristotle - 2011-08-05 16:06

      Dal68, he probably picked up 70% of it, along with his other bribes.

      tryanything - 2011-08-06 10:42


  • Together - 2011-08-05 14:58

    Nice - sure, at least 1000 two-bedroomed houses, 20 schools, 2 hospitals or 5 clinics - 2000 nursery schools, or 10 fully-equipped old-age homes, or maybe even 1/2 a new university - what was this particular piss-up worth to us? We can keep on shouting "racism, imperialism, nationalism", but this youth league is burning our future in front of us, one R100 note at a time - and they've got us to join in. We need to get over our fear and build a functional future.

      Rastus - 2011-08-05 15:14

      @Together - You're damn right - everyone bandies about figures and when considering that a large percentage of the youth can not equate a value of a million or a billion, when it is a monetary form - one has to equate it to the value of building a school - hospital - house etc for them to be able to identify the magnitude of the theft - wastage whatever you want to call it

      KnysnaSha - 2011-08-05 16:25

      How did they get the invitations to attend?

      Robin - 2011-08-05 19:39

      The government just keep the blacks upset with the whites for everything thats wrong and keep the money for themselves...

  • Ann - 2011-08-05 14:59

    Obviously they have no shame - this is simply disgusting! Greed, greed and more greed. Amazing there were no tenders involved. But then again when will they fess up to that?

      KnysnaSha - 2011-08-05 16:26

      Look at the costs for stationary, security, translators, travel etc. No doubt there were tenders involved and someone made quite a few very quick bucks.

  • Marcus Westin - 2011-08-05 14:59

    What a massive joke! Just another example of this idiotic and incompetent government.

  • McDaNife - 2011-08-05 15:00

    No wonder I was short paied that month.

  • 50something - 2011-08-05 15:00

    The golden goose is getting tired of these stories, I aint gonna lay these eggs no more.

  • Gorilla - 2011-08-05 15:01

    Absolutely bloody disgusting.

  • Tolerant - 2011-08-05 15:03

    What a waste.

  • Anonymus - 2011-08-05 15:04

    just another propaganda rally where fried chicken is passed out.

      jowza - 2011-08-05 15:16

      wht did the chicken pass out

  • idclu1 - 2011-08-05 15:05

    Capitalism funding socialism. Nice.

      Creeky - 2011-08-06 09:28

      Communism CANNOT function WITHOUT CAPITALIST MONEY!!

  • Ano Nymous - 2011-08-05 15:05

    "At the end of the festival the youth of the world were united in their condemnation of all forms of inequality, oppression and social and political inequalities." This cost R100M??? Go to school and learn this...

      Creeky - 2011-08-06 09:29

      Turn the bloody TV on, and the headlines will give you the EXACT SAME INFORMATION!!!!!!!

  • edalsg - 2011-08-05 15:05


      Stevie - 2011-08-05 15:16

      How does one stop paying taxes and not go to jail. Please elaborate extensively.

      Yomar Sapus - 2011-08-05 15:24

      Stevie, You may need to ask mal-ema that question.

      MrSpiderman - 2011-08-05 16:52

      @Stevie: Start a trust fund in your child's name?

      daaidoos - 2011-08-06 03:41

      The thing is that EVERY tax payer will have to boycott tax in order for it to work. Wouldn't that be nice to squeeze government by the balls every time they take us for a ride.

      Horst - 2011-08-06 04:40

      Not very practical (you may land in jail), but a nice thought. What we can do without incurring penalties is to stop buying lottery tickets, seeing that some of the money came from the lottery.

      Creeky - 2011-08-06 09:30

      Daaidoos... EEEEUUUUWW!!! I just pictured holding Govt's SLIMEY NUTS in my hands.... EEEEEUUUW!!!! PTOYI!(Spits)

  • lew.james1 - 2011-08-05 15:05

    Gravy Train working overtime once again - absolute waste of time and MONEY !!!!!!

      unknwnartist - 2011-08-06 09:08

      I wonder if the gravy train is running behind schedule or in for repairs, would they set fire to it aswell?

  • Roundana - 2011-08-05 15:07

    what's new...

  • Born To Fish - 2011-08-05 15:07

    !00 Million for fighting and drinking!!!! and the Ratanang trust?

  • DW - 2011-08-05 15:08

    Even the amounts from provincial and national departments and municipalities are taxpayers' money. Its not as if these departments have independent businesses from which they can somehow conjure up these "donations". It is so easy to donate money that is not yours. They definitely raised the awareness of social and political injustice - that sown by the ANCYL and the NYDA. If ever there was inequality, oppression and social and political inequality, it was at this festival. If you had the right connections, you would have made a fortune. Even Malema's birthday party was paid for by these funds. So they are fighting a good cause - trouble is, that the cause that they are fighting are themselves. Send them all back to school and spend the money next time on education, not parties. I as a TAXPAYER (which these youth are NOT) object to this wastage of MY money. And this is the crowd that Trevor Manuel wants to give R5bn so that they can "uplift" the youth!

  • Babba x - 2011-08-05 15:09

    The taxpayers need to institue a class action against government for wasteful expenditure!!

  • Lionel - 2011-08-05 15:09

    And, of course, the National Youth Development Agency has been hijacked by the ANCYL - jobs for pals - wonder how they'll make it when all the taxpayers leave?

      cerveza - 2011-08-05 15:47

      Sell the minerals of coarse, nationalisation or as the YL call it: "plan B"

      DW - 2011-08-05 16:13

      Trouble is, cerveza, no-one wants to do any of the work required to get the minerals out of the ground. So taking over the mines is not going to benefit even them. Its just a piece of ground if no-one is willing to take it out of the ground. And you only need to look at Aurora to see that the workers eventually also walk away if they dont get paid. So plan B is also doomed to failure.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-05 15:10

    We look like idiots! In a time of recession,the "I wana-be-juju-teens have an all-expenses paid party! Surely the funds could have been utilized better! The question is --why do SA have a youth organisation at all? Madiba must be so disgusted with these idiots! And the best of all -- JZ just travel's and say nothing!

  • Skepties - 2011-08-05 15:10

    I do not need a festival of R 200 million to condemn "all forms of inequality, oppression and social and political inequalities". I condemn that as well without the waste of money. That money could have been spent by the organisers on social upliftment. What is happening in our beautiful country?

  • The_Realist - 2011-08-05 15:11

    of course the 'tex payas' paid for the yoof extravaganza, was there ever any doubt?!?!

  • JustinD - 2011-08-05 15:11

    Dont forget Jo lie ass's R10 000000,00 cut for "demanding" the event take place.

  • Boer81 - 2011-08-05 15:12


  • Andre - 2011-08-05 15:13

    And they want to nationalise mines, banks etc and run those. Morons trying to teach intelligent people how to do things. Go figure?

  • Shirley - 2011-08-05 15:15

    Hail the youth of today! NOT

  • Lyndatjie - 2011-08-05 15:15

    R100 million out of our own pocket and all we have to show for it is Julius Malema, Nationalisation and Kill the Boer songs? Oh Lord - are we in trouble or what!

  • Kevin - 2011-08-05 15:16

    But just miss out on a vat payment and you're almost placed infront of a firing squad....penalties/jail time/repossesions etc...for what ,so that the delinquent yoof can have a week long orgy!!!These municiplaities that contributed are in financial difficulty through mismanagement yet find the finance to party...F@@@KinG DISGRACE.YET THE POOR OF THE POOR STARVE.CALLING ON ALL TAXPAYERS TIME TO TAKE STAND AGAINST THIS SQUANDEROUS RACIST REGIME.BOYCOTT THE RECEIVER!!!

  • Serias - 2011-08-05 15:18

    this country's gone to the dogs!!!!!!!!!!

      James - 2011-08-05 15:59

      This country is being run (ruined) by dogs.

  • keithy - 2011-08-05 15:18

    Well done Malema. You have just proved, yet again, that you are here to fight for the poor. Can you imagine how many poor people could be helped with R100m. This is a dispicable waste of much needed money.

      keithy - 2011-08-05 15:20

      .... and they still want to run our mines LOLOLOLOL!!!!

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-08-05 15:20

    This is just the beginning

  • Lioness - 2011-08-05 15:26

    Why TF must we pay for every bloody party that the goverment decide it wants to hold? I am going to stop paying taxes until they sort out corruption and stop wasting my hard worked for money on sh@t!!!

  • sanj - 2011-08-05 15:26

    You would expect that sort of money to be used contructively to feed the millions that are starving and handicaped by ill health, the logic behind it beats me!

  • SirMark - 2011-08-05 15:28

    once again the tax payer is f..ked by the useless greedy ANCYL and their idols , the kings of fraud and corruption , the ANC . this is a banana republic run by snoobab .

  • Nkalakatha - 2011-08-05 15:29

    What was exactly ACHIEVED by this event ??????????? Zizo Snr: Do you pay tax ????

  • jjhvan - 2011-08-05 15:32

    I'm signing out for the weekend. I think I might have a heart attack. Can't express my disgust and outrage in words.

  • Maczulu - 2011-08-05 15:32

    no doubt some of this money ended up in the back pocket of politicians and Malema and co.

  • gcr - 2011-08-05 15:33

    This merely illustrates how deceitful and conniving the ANC really are, if nobody had asked the question it would have disappeared into oblivion. The ANC have no intent of ridding the country of corruption, theft and fraud, why because they are the recipients

  • Gavin - 2011-08-05 15:33

    BOHICA - bend over here it comes again

  • Sarel - 2011-08-05 15:34

    I want a refund! :)

  • Lang Henning - 2011-08-05 15:36

    I'm really just curious: How could they spend a hundred million in nine days? Seriously?

  • Mark Haupt - 2011-08-05 15:40

    Wow, I can scarcely believe that. And this when such care is taken with taxpayers funds, when there is so much transparency in place and checks & balances are there to safeguard the interests of the people. I'm really shocked, isn't this surely just another dastardly trick by agents in the media to discredit the government?

  • Mundu - 2011-08-05 15:40

    What about the inequalities, struggles and oppression of the SA tax payers who footed the bill for this kloppomp? Where they considered? Does this ANC government really think that the tax payers will continue to accept this pillaging without rising up. STOP THE MADNESS!!!!

  • Ho - 2011-08-05 15:40

    LEE Barashun BEE four air-jukashun! This is the Black man at his best....looting, raping, stealing, burning....

  • henk v - 2011-08-05 15:44

    the 17.8 is building malemas house!!!

  • chrisvan - 2011-08-05 15:45

    I very big pleeze want to know, what makes this blasant waste of money right. How on God's dear earth can this amount be spent on a 9-day spree for young-ones, while old people are dying and children going hungry in a country with limited resources (I thought, when one sees the state the clinics and hospitals are in!!!) The mind boggles and the eyes cry for so much waste! Please get this sacreledge to stop.

  • Trevor - 2011-08-05 15:47

    Wonder how far this R100m would go to give one meal to children in schools...yep ANC does not give a hell in reality...all out self enrichment.

  • Gore - 2011-08-05 15:50

    ".... stationary for...." Where is the editor? You meant "stationery". This is poor journalism to say the least. Spell check can not pick this because it's a correct spelt word for "motionless".

  • Terence - 2011-08-05 15:50

    R24.5M for travel? Does this mean that WE paid to have this bunch of juvenile half-wits flown in from around the World? I thought Conferences were supposed to generate funds for the locals not cost them!!