Youth festival not a jamboree - NYDA

2010-11-23 22:36

Johannesburg - The upcoming World Festival of Youth and Students will be a "festival of ideas", not a music concert, the National Youth Development Agency said on Tuesday following widespread criticism of the event.

"However opposition political parties aided by some media have continued to report as if the NYDA did not follow correct procedures in hosting the festival and casting doubt over the NYDA’s role in organising this world festival," chairperson of the agency Andile Lungisa said in a statement.

He said his organisation was concerned about "misleading negative statements" against the festival.

The festival, he said was no "music festival or jamboree" as it had been portrayed by parties including the Freedom Front youth.

In its opposition to the festival the party called on young people to boycott the festival as it was a "waste of taxpayers' money and is counter productive."

The party further argued that "the high levels of poverty and unemployment in South Africa" made it clear that the NYDA's priorities were wrong.

"Therefore us, as youth, need to take a stand against this wasting of money and incompetence of the executive committee of the NYDA."

It further called for the sacking of the agency's executive committee.

Lungisa however said the festival was part of promoting South African youth participation in the global youth development agenda.

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

The festival would raise critical issues in order to impact the shaping of policies of governments and the world.

Themes including the right to employment, economic issues, environment and development, free and universal access to education, science, culture and information would be discussed at the festival.

Democratic rights, freedoms and human rights and the struggle for peace, sovereignty and solidarity against imperialism were also some of the issues that the youth would discuss.

Over 30 000 young people, including 15 heads of states and international and local artists, and business leaders were expected at the festival.

About 15 000 local delegates from various provinces would be part of the festival.

Youth leaders from all 153 World Federation of Democratic Youth member countries - including Angola, Greece, India, Morocco, Namibia, Palestine, Senegal, Spain and South Africa - would attend.

"In the immediate future, there are also economic benefits for the country from hosting the event in terms of foreign spending in the country for the duration of the event," said Lungisa.

Youth-owned businesses were being prioritised for the festival's procurement opportunities.

"We are even more encouraged because the interdepartmental committee on youth affairs which sat in Pretoria today, pledged their support for the Festival as an important youth development forum," Lungisa said.

  • emile.marais - 2010-11-23 23:47

    ''the global youth development agenda'' is this a synonym for Communism? Oh there is! Federation of 'Democratic' Youth. Yup, it's a Communist showcase - no wonder the ANCYL is so enthralled that it's being hosted in the RSA.

  • Jo - 2010-11-23 23:48

    I hope that the Cuban youth reps will tell everyone that their govt has to shed 500,000 jobs this year because the state can't afford to be the sole employer of the nations, and I hope that the North Korean youth reps will explain the start fo hostilities against South Korea - and perhaps the Chinese youth reps will be able explain why so many Chinese-owned factories in Africa don't emply locals - it would be nice if the NYDA has more than just the one idea (nationalisation).

      Pheasant Plu - 2010-11-23 23:56

      Maybe the Chinese could also offer some insight on minimum wages and how to live on a $/day

  • Mark - 2010-11-24 01:18

    Nice.. They talk about peace, freedom and democracy and then host North Korea, a country that at this very moment is engaged in unprovoked warmongering with its southern counterpart. Hypocrites. At least ban the NK youth from coming here. This is a diplomatic disaster of the highest order and government must intervene.

  • Siphozoozoo - 2010-11-24 05:59

    This "upcoming World Festival of Youth and Students" is nothing but a big mahala pomping & jiving party paid for by the governments and ultimatly the taxpayer. It is a tool of spreading aids and malema venom. Put it in the Zibi bin.

  • sue - 2010-11-24 06:09

    any excuse to have a party, no doubt there's going to be lots of that. see the invitation list above....what a waste of money. What do they actually get out of this, anything at all? doubtful.....

      AJ - 2010-11-24 06:39

      they get to 'network with other youth' and 'shape global policy', yada yada...

  • nonduplume - 2010-11-24 06:39

    The NYDA is a waste of taxpayers money and is run by a bunch of incompetent morons who wouldn't know what an idea even looked like. Just another gov excess at the expense of the poor and unemployed

  • ArtGee - 2010-11-24 06:52

    They all heard about the CHEAP JOHNNY WALKER BLUE LABEL 'n COKE parties the ANCYL enjoy monthly, hense the reason it is held in SA! Bunch of USELESS GITS!

  • JohanDuToit - 2010-11-24 06:58

    this NYDA is the biggest crap. they say that it is not a party, but yet they propomote it as a festival and then the majority of money is spend on the transport and entertainment that has to be arrange during the thing. can guarantee you it is going to be just about the parties. they actually have the nerve looking for about R300 million of tax payers money to fund this. sorry there is much more demanding needs in the country. build class rooms for schools. put youth through universities. anything is better than what they have in mind.

  • YasButIDunno - 2010-11-24 07:16

    I wonder if Israel and the US will be represented? Perhaps the Somali delegation can give us a timeline on when the piracy issue will be sorted out - oh sorry, I just realised who is hosting the event so the delegation will probably be comprised of pirates.

  • valleyman - 2010-11-24 07:21

    Hmmm... Wonder if the North Korean delegation are bringing their cannons with them?

  • Sydney - 2010-11-24 07:26

    After reading all previous comments, I can't help but shudder in dispair at the way ANC wastes our hard-earned tax money...if we fail to honour taxes, we get heavy fines; but when it comes down to spending this money, no dime is spared in making sure the useless ancyl is promoted and put on the pedestal. NYDA has no credibility nor pedigree, because it is nothing but a duplication of the arrogant ancyl; just another doesn't even deserve the name. Shame on Zuma with his shocking ideas from the pit of hell!

  • Carl Muller - 2010-11-24 07:27

    A festival of corruption....

  • Boerseun - 2010-11-24 07:36

    No-one has the right to a job as such. What world do this isdiot live in. You have responsibilities to actually perpare yourself to do a job, then compete to get that job and then to work to your best to keep that job. This thing is a waste of money as nothing will come from it, bar lots of commie rethoric and drinking after hours.

  • shmangle - 2010-11-24 07:42

    A hugely expensive festival of ideas organised by the less than competent ANCYL-croneys-led NYDA. What could go wrong?

      djmilano.26 - 2010-11-24 08:47

      Who is competent FFY ?

  • emma.barrycox - 2010-11-24 08:00

    Well Take a read Of the ANCYL agenda will be Straight from the web site !! A push towards Marxism, A Scary thought if you know what that always turns out to mean. also read : I love the bit about you can still have your ipod

      djmilano.26 - 2010-11-24 08:46

      What are you trying to prove ?

      Jay - 2010-11-24 10:42

      Well done Emma, unfortunately until we form a group and actively protest in the streets apposing this abuse of funds, nothing will happen. Because we are all to busy watching rugby and braaing, and living with our heads in the sand. We need to stand up and make a noise, the best way to do this is to stop paying taxs, refuse. When they have this event, lets go and disrupt it with big banners calling on money to be spent on the poor as apposed to throwing ANCYL parties.....i will be there, but i fear i will be alone.........

      Jo - 2010-11-24 11:04

      I think that she's trying to prove that you can't have the govt employ the entire nation and then still expect to afford an IPod. I don't think that many of the starving children in North Korea, or the unemployed in Cuba have Ipods. Yes, I think that's what she is trying to prove.

  • djmilano.26 - 2010-11-24 08:45

    Good work from NYDA,as "also a taxpayer" i support you

      Jay - 2010-11-24 10:39

      you are an idiot

      pointblankza - 2010-11-24 10:54

      You support a hijacked youth development agency? 62 out of 63 "directors" are ANCYL leaders? Explain to me how wealth sharing works? Equal job opportunities for ALL South Africans? Most of these ANCYL members are aslo directors of other companies. Just how many jobs and salaries do they want each??

      shmangle - 2010-11-24 15:00

      I see your username splashed across the page, commenting left and right, and you have yet to make any sense. Shut the fcuk up.

  • Roderick - 2010-11-24 08:50

    Since the DA Youth pulled out of the NYDA, how many of the NYDA members are NOT ANCYL members?

      pointblankza - 2010-11-24 10:51

      62 out of 63 are ANCYL... Why they call themselves NYDA I have NO idea!

  • emma.barrycox - 2010-11-24 10:00

    Trying to prove nothing just share info that's out there. I hope they will also be discussing other options too.

      Worldwise - 2010-11-24 11:56

      They could use the internet, chat or email to share this info. Waste of time and money.

  • emma.barrycox - 2010-11-24 12:29

    More info on the topic :

  • Mart - 2010-11-24 12:42

    it is going to take something unique....something different....something probably tragic, for the real people of South Africa to wake up to this abuse of power and uncontrolled spending of the ANC. A little bit more and we will be easier pickings for the Chinese.....Aurora refers...!!!!!

  • emma.barrycox - 2010-11-24 16:24

    Pasted the wrong link, this is the one about ipods

  • dimpho.xaba - 2010-12-03 11:39


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