Johannesburg - The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)
has hit back at criticism of its financial affairs, suggesting that it actually
deserves a pat on the back.
"Last year, we achieved 85.7% of our key performance
indicators," CEO Steven Ngobeni told reporters in Johannesburg on
"This year, we have achieved 90%. To us, this sounds
like an improvement, contrary to the reports we have read."
Auditor General Terence Nombembe indicated on Tuesday that
procurement procedures of the NYDA were in tatters.
In the NYDA's annual report tabled in parliament, Nombembe
noted more than R133m in irregular expenditure.
That meant more than two-thirds of the agency's spending did
not comply with National Treasury regulations.
Nombembe highlighted various gaps in the agency's financial
reporting, and pointed out that the NYDA management did not submit quarterly
budgetary reports, as required by law.
This prompted some opposition MPs to call for the NYDA to be
Ngobeni, however, said the AG's office had raised only two
matters of concern in the latest annual report, compared to five the previous
These concerned material impairments and irregular
The first case, Ngobeni said, concerned impaired debts to
In the previous financial year, impaired loans had increased
by 36% year-on-year.
However, this growth had slowed to 15% for the 2012
"This means less and less young people are defaulting
on the loans being given to them," Ngobeni said.
As a developmental institution, the NYDA appreciated the
high-risk nature of its clientele.
Irregular expenditure was not fruitless and wasteful
expenditure, nor was it unauthorised.
"It does not even suggest any suspicion of corruption
and maladministration," said Ngobeni.
The irregular expenditure had been incurred for goods and
services authorised in line with NYDA policies and procedures, Ngobeni said.
However, some National Treasury regulations were not
adequately complied with.
Decentralised supply chains, and a lack of capacity, had
resulted in poor record keeping, and, in some cases, goods being procured from
suppliers with expired tax clearance certificates.
"We have since taken corrective actions as far back as
2011," he said.
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