Youth agency boasts 15 000 jobs

2011-02-10 14:45

Johannesburg - The under-fire National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) claimed on Thursday that it has "created or sustained" over 15 000 jobs in the past year.

It also announced elaborate plans for the upcoming year and insisted that it was "successfully addressing issues highlighted by the President during the 2010 state of the nation address".

The statement was released ahead of President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address scheduled for 19:00 on Thursday.

"The NYDA has created or sustained 15 810 jobs mainly through [its] enterprise finance and business development services divisions," said chairperson Andile Lungisa.

He said the divisions offered "business development support services such as bookkeeping, marketing and tendering support" and had issued business loans to the value of R14.2m to 6 089 enterprises since March 2010.

"Through these micro-loans to young people who then go out and employ other people, that's how we have created jobs," he said.

"And also through funding of many community projects like the one in Mtubatuba in KwaZulu-Natal, where young people are selling eggs and chickens at a chicken farm."

Lungisa promised that the organisation would "work towards achieving government's target of bringing unemployment down to 15% by 2020".

The agency announced on Tuesday that the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students, which was held at the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria in December, cost R100m to stage instead of the R69m first reported.

There was widespread criticism of the event and what opposition parties called "wasteful expenditure".

The DA Youth and Congress of the People Youth Movement (CopeYM) called for the sacking of the NYDA board.

At the time of the conference it was reported that delegates played "kissing games" when the start of the festival was delayed.

There were also transport problems, some speakers did not arrive, and there were problems with access to food and complaints about caterers not being paid.

According to a programme distributed at the start of the event, ANC veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale and Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu were to address thousands of young people from over 100 countries at various sessions.

The organisers said none of the speakers had confirmed their attendance and would not be present.

The agency said it would submit a report to minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane on Tuesday and that all funding could be accounted for. As part of its plan for 2011 the agency said it would improve youth accessibility to its offices.

"The NYDA plans to have Local Youth Offices in all 283 municipalities," Lungisa said.

He said offices had been opened in Flagstaff in the Eastern Cape and in Soweto in Gauteng, the Cape Town office would be relocated to the CBD, and plans were underway to open offices in Klerksdorp in the North West, Welkom in the Free State, Richard's Bay in KwaZulu-Natal and Tzaneen in Mpumalanga.

  • Graham - 2011-02-10 14:29

    To think we actually paid for this as tax payers and are about to fund all the new offices as well!!! The sooner the masses realise they are being taken for a big ride by this money grabbing, nest feathering, ignorant, arrogant and incompetant (did I leave anything out) ANC government the better!!

  • MarkM - 2011-02-10 14:58

    And pigs fly, and the cow jumped over the moon.

  • Mike Webber - 2011-02-10 15:00

    Oh really ??? Where are these jobs and who is holding them down? Please come forward and turn around so we can all see if you actually exist?

  • Johan - 2011-02-10 15:07

    When you send out a group of people to dig holes and after that another group to just close the holes again, you have created jobs but you did not create any meaningful thing viz, the NYDA

  • Dr Fil - 2011-02-10 15:09

    Do the maths Lungile R14.2 million for 15 000 jobs = R946.67 per job Your salary of R1,8 million / R946.67 = 1 901 jobs. So resign and create 1 901 extra jobs instead.

  • Taneen is in Limpopo - 2011-02-10 15:15

    need I say more?

  • Sushi slag - 2011-02-10 15:18

    15000 = 14550 Malema bodybuards 50 naked sushi chicks 100 Zuma shower scrubbers 200 Land Invaders 100 Christian Theologans (heaven/hell consultants)

  • VicJ - 2011-02-10 15:19

    Then he woke up.

  • terry - 2011-02-10 15:20

    This is the same clown who is claiming responsibility for causing the pro-democracy protests in Egypt and Tunisia! Methinks he is more delusional then most of the ANCYL - and that's quite an achievement.

  • Prudence - 2011-02-10 15:23

    R14.2m to 6 089 enterprises, average equals R 2332 loan per enterprise. What short of assistance is that. An d yet the agency has spent R100m on a festival. Exactly what is the NYDA mandate? Being able to account for 'every cent' does not mean it was spent responsibly. I'm afraid the NYDA is achieving far too little to justify it existence.

  • GT - 2011-02-10 15:27

    On their NYDA budget alone they could have provided salaries of R5,500 per month to 15,000 people for a year

  • Sumwaan - 2011-02-10 15:29

    They created a lot of jobs in Egypt too!! Look, all the protesters now have something to do as well....

  • P Borchard - 2011-02-10 15:31

    is there any correlation between the 2000 Egiptians that "as far as he could recall" attended the P'ss up and the 15000 jobs? I think he has a serious problem with counting ... maybe it would be a good idea to send him to Grade 1 again.

  • Mike881 - 2011-02-10 15:31

    Another wild claim by Lungisa. First it was that they (NYDA) "freed Egypt", now the same moron claims to have created 15000 jobs of which he cannot produce one actual, verifiable example. This would be a joke if it were not for the masses that will soak up the drivel espoused by this "bling-bling" self enriching idiot!

  • Dr. No - 2011-02-10 15:35

    clever use of words "created OR sustained" the right statement should have be created AND sustained". My guess is: CREATED=15000 SUSTAINED=0

  • Johnathan - 2011-02-10 15:35

    They provide "tendering support"? I think we all know what THAT means... Also, they (actually us, the taxpayers) issued business loans of R14.8m? Well, they could have made it R114.8m if they hadn't hosted the Wannabe Totalitarian I Like Kim Jong-il Festival.

  • Spitfire - 2011-02-10 15:36

    HA HA HA HA HA !!!!! ROFLMFAO !!!! Only the terminally stupid would believe any of the raw sewerage that flows out of this idiot's mouth !

  • Joe - 2011-02-10 15:36

    I really didn't know there were still 15000 ANC kaders without a job. Or are these 15000 children of ANC kaders?

  • Investor - 2011-02-10 15:41

    hahahaha where are those jobs - nowhere to be seen as the money invested has dissapeared down deep pockets !

  • Eben Ferreira - 2011-02-10 15:42

    None of these socalled jobs sound 'decent' to me.Where is the proof that this happened. Any fool can make any statement.

  • TBone - 2011-02-10 15:42

    Selling chickens and eggs at a chicken farm? Wow! That takes quite something. All other jobs were probably employing people for their youth festival. Maybe they sent some of the people to Tunisia and Egypt to teach them how to toi toi.

  • Faansie - 2011-02-10 15:47

    Ha, Ha. Any fool can claim such utter rubbish. Proof it. I bet none of these jobs can be called'decent' in terms of Vavi's standards.

  • patrice - 2011-02-10 15:55

    they really do believe that they can fool all of the poople all of the time !!!

  • michaelp1 - 2011-02-10 15:55

    15 000 Cronies. Did you know that in a little village called Pearston in the Eastern Cape, if you apply for an "RDP" job you have to fill in your ANC (Anarchy. Nepotism. Corruption) number on the application form? Wonder why?

  • JULIANM - 2011-02-10 15:55

    What jobs are they talking about????? All they know is going around making noice and wasting money that could have been used to sponsor student with bursaries now

  • Lilian - 2011-02-10 15:56

    I've also just caught a flying pig!!!!!

  • devlin cathey - 2011-02-10 16:12

    If your greatest, or most worthy of mentioningy, achievement in creating 15000 jobs was a group selling chicken and eggs, you should re-think your strategy... or just think.

  • KimA - 2011-02-10 16:15

    @Dr Phil - From the NYDA 2010/2011 strategy document: "The overall, the projected income for the next financial year amounts to R415m taking into account and the projects loan income of R45m." So, R 415 MILLION in taxpayers money, created or sustained 15,500 jobs = R26,774 per person, or R2,231 per person per month.

  • Timothy - 2011-02-10 16:16

    The claims stated in this article are way too vague to be claimed as legitimate, come on DA, verify as the main opposition party.

  • KimA - 2011-02-10 16:25

    NYDA Salaries (Thats ANCYL Cronies, friends and partners to the uninformed) account for 32% of the government allocated R363Mil for the 2010/2011 financial year. That's R116.16Mil on SALARIES. That money could have been allocated to a public works program and built infrastructure (As well as create jobs directly and indirectly in the process) in this country, but rather ANCYL bigots pick up a fat paycheck for being nothing other than Malema cronies. Add to this the R51mil shortfall on the "Youth Festival" and you have R166mil of taxpayer money wasted on nothing. The road to recovery and job creation starts with the disbanding of stupid organisations like the NYDA and funneling that money into public works programs to create jobs AND build infrastructure in this country at the same time. Being a politician means you are there to SERVE the people, not become a millionaire because you are a politician. In the end my high and mighty friends, there are more disgruntled poor, dis-empowered, and unhappy people than you politicians have bodyguards, police or army members. Tunisia and Egypt stood up to corrupt government regimes, so will your electorate one day...

  • siphiwe - 2011-02-10 16:32

    It is completely our own fault,we voted for these crooks. - you get the government you vote for.No more,enough is enough.

  • zael - 2011-02-10 16:32

    15,000 people attended their R100m youth conference they are counting this attendance as jobs..bunch of losers

  • Kendo - 2011-02-10 16:42

    I was in Pretoria when the festival took place. Most of the people who came here did not even go to the festival instead they came to pretoria to get drunk an buy prostitutes. Some of the people who held senior position had accomodation booked for them at some of the hotels in the city, but they did not use their accomodation they stayed at the TUT residents where all the parties took place. So much money went to waste as most of the food provided was thrown away by delegates cause it was rotten...Lungisa should go and NYDA should get new management..The youth of this country is not benefiting from it...

  • Collitjies - 2011-02-10 16:45

    Car guards, muggers to mention only two possibilities.Pull the other leg its got bells on it.

  • just askin - 2011-02-10 16:54

    how much more could have been done with the R100million wasted on 15000 delegates if that had been lent to small business instead of the paltry R14mil? they could have given 15000 South Africans R6600 each as start up capital instead of wasting it and that is probably more than they earned in the jobs "created". now they wonder why they were criticised.

  • kznsc - 2011-02-10 18:30

    How many of those people are still working today? Do they still have their businesses and are making a profit? Are they in turn employing others? Yes to all of the above! and you can say you created work for people. No and you failed. It would be interesting to know how many of the 15000 is in fact a yes TODAY!

  • dee - 2011-02-11 08:41

    Could someone please take the time to explain to our government officials that they work for the taxpayers and not the other way around. Do they truly want to create formal jobs, creating more taxpayers ?I think not as then there will be a bigger base of voters who will stand up to the fact that the government are misusing public money.

  • GU - 2011-02-11 08:48


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