Youth agency asks for more money

The National Youth Development Agency will request funding of more

than R1 billion from the government in the next financial year, CEO Steven

Ngubeni has said.

“We’ll be fighting for a billion and more,” Ngubeni said at the

launch of the youth month programme in Pretoria.

After asking for close to R1 billion in the 2010/11 financial year,

the agency was given R320 million, despite the Treasury having recommended R600

million.

Ngubeni said they would try to negotiate for more money from

“various colleagues” and the national Treasury.

“We’ll try to negotiate for more so we can at least reach the R600

million benchmark.”

He called on government departments and the private sector to

support the organisation in the implementation of youth development

programmes.

“We acknowledge that not all our funding should come from

government and therefore we have worked hard to establish new partnerships,”

said Ngubeni.

Amidst budget constraints, great progress had been made since the

merger a year ago between the National Youth Commission and Umsobomvu Youth

Fund, he said.

Over R26 million in loans had been granted to small and medium

enterprises.

A total of 16 000 young people had been enrolled in the national

youth service programme.

Partnerships had been formed with the human settlements

ministry in building 76 houses in the Ivory Park informal settlement in Tembisa.

These would be officially handed over on June 4.

“Youth development has been placed central to government work,”

Ngubeni said, adding that the project would help strengthen young people’s

skills.

Plans for this financial year include creating over 17 000 new jobs

for the unemployed youth through working with businesses and government

departments, enrolling youth in different skills programmes and assisting those

who wanted to upgrade their matric results.

The organisation planned to recruit 15 000 volunteers to

participate in voluntary work as part of building social cohesion and patriotism

amongst the youth.



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