Young people have lost hope, NYDA says

2012-04-18 15:34

Pretoria - Young people have lost hope for a better life due to rising unemployment, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) warned on Wednesday.

"We are not going to have a bright future in this country if we don't start investing in youth development now," chairperson Andile Lungisa told reporters in Pretoria.

"By 2025 this generation will be expected to carry the country forward, but it is a generation which was never assisted with skills; it is a generation that has lost hope."

Lungisa released a set of guidelines, developed by the agency in a bid to monitor and enforce the introduction of the National Youth Policy endorsed by Cabinet in 2009.

The policy document contains commitments by government and other bodies on services that would be rolled out across the country for youth development.

Lungisa criticised the private sector for not playing an active role towards the youth development goals and skills attainment.

"The private sector in South Africa has not really been contributing to youth development. To them youth development does not exist, that is the major challenge," he said.

"We want them to take youth development seriously. If they become part of the skills revolution, at least things will change for the better."

He said more that 1.8 million young South Africans had become hopeless and were no longer looking for employment.

Lungisa claimed his organisation had created more than 62 000 jobs, trained more than 84 000 people and disbursed more than 25 000 loans in the past financial year.

  • Brigitte - 2012-04-18 15:44

    And it will only get worse as nothing is done about planned parenthood, family planning etc and the number of teens having babies is a national disgrace!As is the education system.

      Louis - 2012-04-18 17:15

      And yet they still vote for this pathetic bunch of anc gangsters who offer them no future. Black mentality is the problem.

      thabane.dladla - 2012-04-18 17:54

      @Louis my friend you such a disgrace... \ black mentality is the problem\ that what ur parents taught you ??'Narrow minded'

      Sean - 2012-04-18 18:37

      @thabane.dladla- The fact remains , Africans make way to many babies , no matter how much they suffer ( little money ) , BUT STILL babies are made . What kind of a primitive mentality is that ? Why in 1st world countries do people slow down with the amount of kids they have ??

      Sean - 2012-04-18 18:43

      Maybe the young South Africans should stop being lazy and arrogant , they think the world owes them !! Especially most youth movements !!

      Tim - 2012-04-19 10:05

      @Thabane, great comment, ignore the dislikes. they come from middle aged white people, too scared to leave their homes, who want to be left alone with their televisions and their toasters.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-20 20:37

      Not scared to leave our homes at all - don't really want to. The roads are bad, facilities poor and things are expensive. So we stay at home / at least there are no potholes in the driveway and no-one stolen the toilet paper.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-20 23:14

      @thabane: black mentality is part of the problem. Let's look at the facts: Where there are services they are reluctant to pay Where schools have been built they are burnt down Young girls fall pregnant so that they can get the child grant - never mind it's not even enough for Nappies some young people deliberately expose themselves to HIV because they can sell the medication and make money Many young black men believe they can be cured of aids by raping babies or virgins Many young black men also believe they can cure a woman of lesbianism by raping her Many young black people believe the are entitled to a farm or a mine Many young black people believe that all white people are wealthy Many also believe that all white people hate black people If that isn't an indication that black mentality needs to be guided into other positive productive directions - then its quite plain why young people have lost hope. To make one thing perfectly clear: I am not saying that white kids are perfect - we all know they are not. But, you will not find many who have done the things mentioned above ...

  • Zaahid - 2012-04-18 15:48

    and thats why the NYDA is wasting money its suppose to be spending on empowering the youth. Also all Juju's cronies in teh NDYA. I, personally know someone, who was requested to assist them with setting up training workshop etc to present to the youth cause they have the funds butu dont know wat to do with it.......

  • tom.vorster - 2012-04-18 15:50

    "Lungisa claimed his organisation had created more than 62 000 jobs, trained more than 84 000 people and disbursed more than 25 000 loans in the past financial year." Maybe they have, maybe they havent - all most of SA knows about NYDA is a very expensive kissing fest and rediculously high salaries for the executive (usually with ANCYL credentials). Surely the high salaries should have covered some bloody good public relations.

  • Peter - 2012-04-18 15:51

    Millions spent on event comes to mind. NYDA has staff complement that is more than that of a government department, I give up.

  • Henk - 2012-04-18 15:55

    its because the top bras in the anc and ancyl enrich themself and dont care about the fools voting for them!

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-04-18 15:57

    screw the private sector, get public schools up to standard first you fools.

  • Andrew - 2012-04-18 16:04

    Learn to work for it and do not expect it to be handed to you on a plate or from corrupt tenders!!!

  • anthro45 - 2012-04-18 16:05

    And we are fedup with you unemployable lot. Start learning and set higher goals than 30% for yourselves. You are not a generation. You are a degenerate bunch. Stop burning down schools and books and work hard to get somewhere for a freeking change.

  • jr.lebese - 2012-04-18 16:09

    There is no hopeless situation, it's only people who went hopeless. We can never impact change, long as we are hopeless about certain practices. It is up to us \youth\ to ensure that we pave our own future as our leaders keeps on failing us continuously.

  • Thembane.wa.Mahlaza - 2012-04-18 16:12

    stop the crap... lungisa stupid snake. ANCYL and NYDA knows nothing about the needs of our youth but themselves.

  • Rethamyh - 2012-04-18 16:16

    Young people have lost hope?no!I mean with all the 'top notch'schools and 'amazing'opportunities handed out left right and centre,nurturing their minds, that is ridiculous!!! DUHHHHHHHHH

  • baker.vava - 2012-04-18 16:17

    Young pple will never loss hope as long as they know wat they want!!!

  • Herman - 2012-04-18 16:17

    Thank the anc for this mess

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-04-18 16:19

    and what has your movement done except playing kissing games o dumb one you dont serve a purpose and yet we are paying your salary. you dont even represent a fraction of the youth in this country .worhtless, useless and overpaid should be your slogan.please talk to the goverment about paying yong girls to get pregnant while the fathers of the babies dont contribute a single sent to the upbringing of that child

  • Rob - 2012-04-18 16:19

    Crime pays....Why work. Take the governments example. They steal & dont work. So hey. Why not ?

      Sean - 2012-04-18 18:45

      The leaders do it , why not follow , LOL !

  • Brett - 2012-04-18 16:21

    Imagine how hopeless the white youth feel with AA and BEE against them...

      Thando - 2012-04-18 16:43

      Do u hv th political mentality 2 really debate ths issue??....

      John - 2012-04-18 16:51

      That's why my son now works in Mozabique?

      Sibusiso - 2012-04-18 16:59

      Brett I guess you are not black. Had the white apartheid government not favoured and allowed only white people to go to varsity or and black people to go to colleges. And had black people been allowed to trade in the JSE or had they been allowed to do business in South Africa. We wouldn't be having BEE and AA and these laws will not last for ever, soon blacks and whites will have whites will have equal opportunities. These laws are there to balance the wrong doing of your forefathers, you are quick to act like a victim.

      thabane.dladla - 2012-04-18 17:30

      Well said sbusiso!!...guess what who is more preferred in a private sector(whites)? And who get the promotion fast(white)?..\typical\

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-04-18 17:40

      Sibusiso, most white people understand that situation, however, a truly equal society would not advantage blacks just because whites used to be privileged - it would have all compete equally. What's happening now is a braindrain, and a new generation of disadvantaged whites. There are 50 million blacks - why on earth have laws advantaging them above 3 million whites? Does that make economic sense over the long run? I don't think so. In reality, we should have had a government that promotes entrepreneurship, lower taxes for small businesses and higher taxes for larger enterprises, exempting small businesses from toll fees, offering small businesses the opportunity to benefit from the Jobs Fund, not large enterprises, etc. Flexible labour laws, stringent rules against strikes. Etc. That would create an environment to actually EMPLOY people, not do most work by existing work force. That would drive prices down, and increase competition in terms of service delivery. And that would never, ever happen under the ANC.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-18 18:03

      The AA and BEE policies are imposed even where it is to the detriment of the company concerned. I wonder how many businesses have either struggled or gone under because of these policies. What you guys don't understand is that the hateful apartheid acts came in before many of us were born, or even able to comprehend. The people that would want to repeat that are mistly long dead. To not make use of our skills to mentor and train needy black workers is just crazy - for me to go into retirement without passing on what I know makes me really sad and makes my life seem rather pointless - but BEE prevents it.

      Sean - 2012-04-18 18:49

      @Sibusiso - Maybe you should ask you leaders what the f@ck up is !! Soon this and soon that , soon there will be nothing for all South Africans.There will never be equal laws , apartheid will be blamed for the next 100 years

      Thando - 2012-04-18 21:16

      Ya Brett, Sean, Bless, dewalt nd co......if u hd th political mentality u wud knw tht whteva ur sayn ur sayn frm th porches of Sandton, Umhlanga, Camps Bay...etc, an unemployed white person is a burden 2 an already rich family, has a trust fund frm grandparents, cn occasionally work @ uncle pete's spur, garage or consulting firm. Has th advntage of good school bckground, speaks good english so has beta advntage already. As th ANC we wont b apologetic for th redress we r dung....nd unfortunatly there is no 'good or bad' way of dung ths redress. I say beta get used 2 th result of th system u avrge blck man has 2 work as twice as th white man in ths country to achieve half of wht th white man has.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-19 07:13

      Thando: if the blanks believe whites are all privileged then they are very wrong. There is no trust fund, the is a house with a large bond, there is a 19 year old car in the driveway, failing health with no medical aid. My grandfather, father and first husband all died as a result of the wars that were fought on behalf of the people of South Africa, and what thanks do we get? There were no payouts, no thankyou's just nothing. We have no insurance, no medical aid and no jobs - and yet you label us all as wealthy with resources aplenty. You are wrong my friend and the sooner you guys all realize that your hatred, envy, jealousy is unfounded, the better. We are all fighting the same monster. We have skills we want to share but we may not because of BEE policies. Does that make sense?

  • clinton.bowden1 - 2012-04-18 16:23

    First of all, a useless organisation like the NYDA has but onlt robbed and stolen funds hence adding to the loss of hope. When these etolls in Gauteng go live and goverment / sanral insist on this madness the youth can officially GIVE UP On hope because employment is ONLY GOING TO RISE !!!

  • Daniel - 2012-04-18 16:32

    I know how to address it... the NYDA should host a world youth forum... at the drop of a hat... use it as a platform for spouting party politics... and then make the taxpayer pick up the bill... oh wait you've already done that, I can't see how you still have a problem after utilising such tried and tested techniques

  • Tumelo - 2012-04-18 16:50

    Please lungisa! You are the last to speak. Always shifting responsibility. Who did you create employment for?

  • Terence - 2012-04-18 16:56

    Our youth are not 'unemployed', they are UNEMPLOYABLE!!! We have bred a nation of youth who believe that they are owed everything and that they do not have to work for anything. What our country needs is 'D.E.E.', not 'B.E.E.' Discipline, Education and Employment would stand them in far better stead than constantly looking over our shoulders. (Oh, but this would mean that they would have to think for themselves.....a danger to the cANCer that plagues our country, perhaps?)

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-18 17:52

      Hear hear! Well put.

      Tumelo - 2012-04-18 20:07

      Truth is that there are graduates in SA, who also happen to be disciplined, and are also job searching to no avail. Your view is a very broad generalization.

  • Sibusiso - 2012-04-18 17:09

    Stop blaming the ANC, I thought people in these forums are educated. The world economy is a mess, spain has 30% unemployment, Italy, greece, ireland the list goes on. Europe economy is a mess and we know how the South African economy depends on their economy. Yes the ANC has poor policies and they are slow to implement policies but they are not superheroes , they can't create a lot of employment while Europe's economy is such a mess.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-04-18 17:43

      Of course we can blame the ANC. People blame the NP for four decades of misfortune, why can we not blame the ANC for two decades of misfortune? Stop voting ANC, people! It's not about loyalty, it's about YOU.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-18 17:49

      Sibisiso, a good sized chunk of the blame can and must be laid at the door of the ANC, for the following reasons: Poorly equipped schools, poorly paid teachers and poorly trained teachers cannot turn out grade A learners. If some of the misappropriated funds had found their way into schooling it would have been a different story. The curriculum that is taught is substandard and yields substandard learners. The low marks that are now "pass rates" are another indication that there is something very wrong. Just dropping the pass marks does not push the pass rate up, as some people believe it will. An aggregate of 45% might be a pass, but shows that there is 55% that the learner does not know. Would you like to be operated on a doctor who got into university with a 45% average? I can understand the frustration of the youth - they have been fed a poor education and led by an untrained, uneducated lout who has encouraged them to be militant and disrespectful. The ANC should never have permitted an uneducated and unqualified person anywhere near the youth league. Similarly, all top political posts should be occupied by educated and suitably qualified people - and I mean ALL of them. the youth are our future leaders - with what we have at the moment, the future is looking very bleak - don't you think?

      Thando - 2012-04-18 18:25

      Sbu......i also blame th ANC, but for diffrent reasons put by Bless......we inherited a mess in 94 but with good infrastrucutre for th minority. Th ANC hasnt done enuf 2 push its policies 2 th core.....we hv been pussy footn round critical areas. Im not advocating land grab or nationalisation but more vigourous approach on th land issue, th YL shud march for better education(infrastructure incl) in all provinces. All those proposing relaxation of labour laws r jst pissn in th wind coz we cum frm th most atrocious form of labour abuse, we wont budge with th labour gains we hv done. If th monies tht wer budgetd for sumthng really dd tht thn we cud see developmnt in infrastructure nd th economy thrfor more lets stop corruption, nepotism nd maladminitstration. So yes I do blame th ANC....

      Sean - 2012-04-18 18:51

      @Sibusiso - So now ``world economy `` is to blame , but the ANC keeps on robbing this country blind ?? Please don`t compare 1st world countries to South Africa , what a f@cken joke !

      Melania - 2012-04-18 19:19

      Thando, you are absolutely right. Its something that nobody realises. Another fact is the influx of people from neighbouring countries and not enough resources to support all immediately. The gov knows these things and should have dealt with those issues before holding all those expensive celebrations and buying etc. I still have hope though. We should help each other and keep on trying.

      Raymond - 2012-04-19 06:49

      No Thando. Although I agree with most of what you're saying, I certainly don't agree with your statement saying that you inherited a mess in '94.

  • Olebogeng - 2012-04-18 17:17


      Rethamyh - 2012-04-18 18:11

      So leave then. Hope there is some food left for you in somalia

      betsy.compaan - 2012-04-19 08:46

      @Rethamyh, what a disgusting comment, people like you lie at the heart of this problem in SA

  • The-third - 2012-04-18 17:18

    What are agencies like yourselves doing about it? Where are the artisan skills training centres etc? Instead you piss the money away. DOF.

  • Badluck - 2012-04-18 17:26

    Problem... private sector is not supporting youth development. Solution... stop all these stupid labor laws and allow the small companies to hire people and to dismiss the ones that is not playing their part, then will you see change, stop telling people to cross the road and then you set the f*ing road on fire and then blame them for not trying. I am still considered a "youth" but here is something to tell every one of the 84000 you have trained, THE WORLD OWES YOU NOTHING!!!! If you want something, go and do it yourself or make a plan!!!! Oh while were at it, burning down the town while blowing a woewoezela is not making a plan!

      Garth - 2012-04-18 19:24

      I could not have said it better myself! As a young, White, emerging professional with a masters degree, I must say that I have little loyalty to this corrupt country anymore and will be taking my skills overseas shortly! Not only will they lose my knowledge but all the jobs I may have created as well..

  • simakoko - 2012-04-18 17:41

    Young people have lost hope in NYDA

  • simakoko - 2012-04-18 17:41

    Young people have lost hope in NYDA

  • Grace - 2012-04-18 18:16

    I'$ SO over it honestly. Firstly the educational standards have dropped SO low that even university graduates 'don't have a clue'! I'm generalising here.... Talking about the majority of them. Secondly parental supervision and teacher supervision rights have been removed therefore we have disrespectful lawless youths. They think they are OWED something instead of being taught to work for it. The economy and job market has been crippled by the employment act. There are many capable and WILLING workers that possess ambition out there but they can't get jobs because the 'dead wood' are hogging those jobs... And its almost IMPOSSIBLE to get rid of them.

  • Ditiro - 2012-04-18 18:46

    when i saw the heading and this a$$'s pic i was like nxa what da hell is he talking about cause he and his family stole money from the youth conference by awarding tenders to thier friends and uncles

  • phathuchicos - 2012-04-18 18:48

    not another youth league...lets just leave the pol-ticks to the old grey hounds please. we've got books to study.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-20 21:29

      How I wish they'd listen to you. Well said!

  • Elkita - 2012-04-18 20:08

    Not just young people lost hope.South Africa is losing hope fast.Get Zuma out of his chair and let us live again.He is really no good.Not for any country.He is hopeless

      Mary - 2012-04-19 02:08

      Zuma is just symptomatic of a much greater problem, namely this attitude of Entitlement. This mentality coupled with incompetence has ruined the Defence force, the police service, the education system, local government, public hospitals, etc with zero hope of recovery. Hello Zimbabwe Extension 1.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-18 20:13

    Its not only young people its all of us.There are plenty skilled people who are losing jobs to cronies,i talk from experience.How is it that unproductive people are paid more than mechanics(technicians),what would this world be without transport.What would happen if every person who repairs motor vehicles downed tools for a month how would any country operate.Get rid of politicians,what would happen.There is something very wrong.Which person would want to repair vehicles which is hard work for R5800 per month.

      Mary - 2012-04-19 02:13

      Know exactly what you mean. That's why so many are withdrawing their skills from the market, and starting their own small (one man) businesses, often in low-tech areas. They no longer have to tolerate the garbage that goes with being abused by AA legislation, and leave those companies to collapse under the weight of the incompetent. A good mechanic can easily run his own business and derive a decent income. They just have to learn financial dicipline.

  • Boy Bana - 2012-04-18 20:53

    hehehe. hooraH. i found the cause of global warming. all the hot air spoken by our mampara's. lungisa broen we still remember the LEKA party u threw last time. why not throw another one for the unemployable.........oops

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-18 21:14

    Im no racist yet but what was this place before whites,i await your comments.Robbing peter to pay paul gets you deeper into the k.k.Why is it whites are being paid huge salaries just north of south africa.This countries policies are going to sink it.Chaps when you are a bird fly,when you are a fish swim,dont bulldust yourself you,re something you arnt,bottom line.

  • pws69 - 2012-04-18 21:42

    the budget proposal put forward by the NYDA means their SALARY BILL ALONE would be almost doubt of what the government have allocated to them. This failed poet in charge of the NYDA clowns does not think this is a problem. A cursory look at the NYDA financials shows loans averaged R500. Yes, you read right, R500. Enough money to pay the registration fees for your company. Then what? 50 cents for stock and equipment. Yup, that is going to work our REALLY well. The ANC and NYDA fail to create the ENVIRONMENT for jobs, and now it is the private sectors fault?

  • pws69 - 2012-04-18 22:04

    Who is who in the NYDA zoo: Andile Lungisa (Exec Chairman) - National deputy president of the ANCYL (2008) Steven Ngubeni (CEO) - Deputy Secretary General ANCYL (2009 - 2011) Magdalene Moonsamy (COO) - Spokeperson ANCYL (Current) Yershen Pillay (Dep Exec Chairman) - National Treasurer of the Young Communist League Draw you own conclusions

  • Moses - 2012-04-18 22:49

    Hope? What about Faith and trust? stop investing millions in stupid events like the previous party.

  • Mary - 2012-04-19 02:04

    Little wonder that everything is on a one-way trip down the toilet. Look at the role models in government and public office. See the incompetence, arrogance and corruption, not to even mention the often criminal behaviour. An education certificate from public schools that isn't worth the paper it's printed on also goes a long way to ensuring that life-time poverty is going to be the norm.

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-04-19 05:29

    Democracy is the death of our schools; it is the degradation of our youth under the clever guise of 'human rights'. It is the reign of tyranny and the loss of liberty. While the ignorant believe they are doing a 'good job' they are being deceived and are poisoning the springs of life in our children. Our children are being offered fables, lies, and husks, with which to appease their hunger. The books which are the most proper to instruct our youth, are marked: 'forbidden'. They are the victims of an incredible system of moral and intellectual blindness - under the fallacious notion of having them 'educated'? All this 'human rights' business is but an allurement to deceive honest, but too trusting youths. Our young people are being drowned in a sea of desolation. What kind of moral education can a young person receive from a constitution that believes they can live as they please? Whether we are religious or not, we, each of us, are well aware of the difference between right and wrong. Our children are being taught the dogmatic belief that there was no beginning, and there was nothing in it. And nothing did nothing, and then magically erupted for no reason, creating everything, and then a bunch of everything became all-ness and magically rearranged itself for no apparent reason whatsoever into self-replicating bits which turned into dinosaurs and other highly complex beings. Are you not surprised that there is this HUGE problem with education?

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-04-19 05:31

    Well what did you expect, Andile Lungisa? Did you really believe that democracy and "majority rule" would fix everything?

  • Andrew - 2012-04-19 07:07

    Well if the NYDA were doing a proper job and not holding fruitless meetings this situation would never have arisen. Seems to me the are all about doom and gloom instead of encouraging the youth to uplift themselves. In this world there are no free rides but they have learned from their masters to milk the system to benefit themselves.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-19 07:13

    Perhaps another R100m kissing game can restore that hope?

  • jr.lebese - 2012-04-19 10:11

    Allow me to lament about most of your comments. It truely hurts to hear the future leaders \youth\ of our nation been encarcirated in one mentality of speaking \problem solving solutions\ instead of \solution solving problems\. Whether we blame the ANC or the NYDA, to me it makes no difference as we would still seat with the same lacuna. I urge you all to think of ways we can enhance our future and try to stop complaining about the complacent leadership as that would do us no good.

  • jr.lebese - 2012-04-19 10:11

    Allow me to lament about most of your comments. It truely hurts to hear the future leaders \youth\ of our nation been encarcirated in one mentality of speaking \problem solving solutions\ instead of \solution solving problems\. Whether we blame the ANC or the NYDA, to me it makes no difference as we would still seat with the same lacuna. I urge you all to think of ways we can enhance our future and try to stop complaining about the complacent leadership as that would do us no good.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-19 11:26

      Without complaints, there would be no reason for action. I get what you are saying, and yes some people are petty, but it is necessary.

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-04-19 21:48

    Mismanagement and corruption are the reasons for this problems!!! Find the money and fire them ALL - make sure at your next election YOU do not make the same mistake!

  • Thato Abraham Letsie - 2013-03-21 13:28

    A nation that does not empower it's youth is heading for disaster. It is time that the general youth of South Africa be actively involved in the mission of youth development and economic freedom.

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