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July 2020

MINISTER MAITE NKOANA-MASHABANE TO LAUNCH THE NATIONAL YOUTH RESILIENCE INITIATIVE UNDER THE THEME: STRENGTHENING YOUTH RESILIENCE TO BUILD A CAPABLE SOUTH AFRICA: COVID-19 AND BEYOND

Issued by Ministry of Women, Youth & Persons with Disabilities

Attention: Producers and News Editors

Pretoria: 10 July 2020

 

MINISTER MAITE NKOANA-MASHABANE TO LAUNCH THE NATIONAL YOUTH RESILIENCE INITIATIVE UNDER THE THEME: STRENGTHENING YOUTH RESILIENCE TO BUILD A CAPABLE SOUTH AFRICA: COVID-19 AND BEYOND

 

The Department of Women, Youth, and Persons with Disabilities (DWYPD), in partnership with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), supported by the German Development Cooperation recognize the serious and adverse socio-economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on young people and the urgent need for interventions to support them in coping with these effects. The partners are collaborating to support and promote the psychosocial well-being and resilience of youth in South Africa through what is proposed as a National Youth Resilience Initiative (NYRI).

 

The objectives of the National Youth Resilience Initiative are to highlight the issue of the psychosocial well-being and resilience of young people during and in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic and to facilitate access to quality, evidence-based psychosocial support programmes and services (including, for example, life skills programmes, counselling, leadership development programmes, active citizenship and volunteering programmes).The Initiative is intended to be a multi-stakeholder collaboration, supported by government, civil society and youth from diverse backgrounds who will share their stories of resilience.

 

The first activity of the NYRI is an interactive online National Dialogue on Youth which will unpack the meaning of youth resilience in South Africa and the factors that shape young people’s resilience. The platform will catalyse various post-dialogue youth resilience campaign activities. Youth resilience is not an issue that is unique to the Covid-19 pandemic. The dialogue places the concept of youth resilience in the context of the pandemic but the contextual framework and lens of the concept of youth resilience will expand in the activities that will take place after the dialogue.

 

The dialogue takes places as follows:

 

Date: 13 July 2020

Time: 10:00-12:00

Virtual Conference: Zoom

Online Stream/Interaction: NYDA Facebook Live; DWYPD Facebook live, Agape Youth Movement Facebook live

ENDS

 

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Mr Shalen Gajadhar (Director: Communications, Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities)

060 979 4235 / shalen.gajadhar@women.gov.za

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June 2020

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DEPARTMENT OF SPORT, ARTS AND CULTURE HOSTS YOUTH DAY VIRTUAL COMMEMORATION

MEDIA ADVISORY

TO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS/REPORTERS/PRODUCERS/ANCHORS

15 JUNE 2020

 

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DEPARTMENT OF SPORT, ARTS AND CULTURE HOSTS YOUTH DAY VIRTUAL COMMEMORATION

 

The National Youth Development Agency in partnership with the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture will host a Youth Day Virtual Commemoration under the theme: Youth Power: Growing South Africa together in a period of COVID-19.


The virtual commemoration includes an interactive panel discussion between President Cyril Ramaphosa and four (4) influential young people who are making waves as young entrepreneurs.

 

1. Jabulile Gwala: CEO and Founder of Siko Republik

2. Mo’s Crib founders and NYDA beneficiaries: Morongwe and Michelle Mokone

3. Ndumiso Hadebe: Economist and Businesses Strategist

4. Khanyisile Mlanzana: Beneficiary of Harambee’s Youth Solving Youth Issues

Programme, entrepreneur and innovator

 

This interactive session will be facilitated by global moderator and

communication strategist, Nozipho Tshabalala. President Cyril Ramaphosa will also deliver the 16 June address.


The Youth Day Virtual Commemoration will stream on SABC, eNCA, Newzroom Afrika, government and NYDA social media platforms from 12h00. Media houses will be provided with a link upon request.

 

For media enquiries:

Ms. Bongekile Skosana

Specialist Media Liaison and Public Relations

Contact: 060 978 6000

 

Ms. Refilwe Lekgothoane

Media Liaison Officer

Contact: 060 967 0483

 

Twitter: @NYDARSA, @SportArtsCultur

Instagram: @nyda_insta, @SportArtsCultureRSA

Facebook: National Youth Development Agency, SportArtsCultureRSA

 

Issued by the National Youth Development Agency

PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA ENGAGES WITH THE YOUTH DURING VIRTUAL YOUTH DAY COMMEMORATION

MEDIA ADVISORY

TO ALL NEWS EDITORS/MEDIA

16 JUNE 2020

 

PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA ENGAGES WITH THE YOUTH DURING VIRTUAL YOUTH DAY COMMEMORATION

 

President Cyril Ramaphosa will today, 16 June 2020, participate in an interactive panel session with young people as part of the virtual Youth Day commemorations.

 

This Youth Month is marked during Alert Level 3 of the national lockdown to contain  the spread of coronavirus.  As such, Government has prohibited mass gatherings including the mass celebrations/commemorations of national days.

 

This year’s Youth Month coincides with the 30th Anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela and takes place under the theme: “Youth Power; Growing South Africa Together in the Period of Covid-19.”

 

The interactive session provides an opportunity for the youth to engage first-hand with the President on various issues affecting them and also how they contribute and/or play an active role in a youth-led social and economic recovery of South Africa.

 

The virtual commemoration includes President’s panel discussion with four young people from different sectors made up of Jabulile Gwala: CEO and Founder of Siko Republik; Mo’s Crib founders and NYDA beneficiaries: Morongwe and Michelle Mokone, Economist and  Businesses Strategist, Ndumiso Hadebe and Khanyisile Mlanzana: Beneficiary of Harambee’s Youth Solving Youth Issues Programme, entrepreneur and innovator.

 

The session will be facilitated by global moderator and communication strategist, Ms Nozipho Tshabalala.

 

President Ramaphosa will also deliver a keynote address as part of the commemorations.

 

The Youth Day Virtual Commemoration will be broadcast live on television and radio and live streamed on a range of online platforms from 12h00.  Media houses will be provided with a link upon request through the National Youth Development Agency. 

 

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Media enquiries: Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to the President at media@presidency.gov.za 

 

ISSUED BY THE PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY CALL FOR TRAILBLAZERS

MEDIA ADVISORY

TO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS/REPORTERS/PRODUCERS/ANCHORS

04 JUNE 2020


NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY CALL FOR TRAILBLAZERS

 

The National Youth Development Agency is calling for young people who are the trailblazers of 2020 to be nominated for its Youth Month Trailblazers campaign. This Youth Month the country commemorates 44 years since the June 16 uprising and 30 years since the release of Former President Nelson Mandela from the Victor Vester prison.

 

In this light, we pick up the baton of the generation of 1976 and Former President Mandela by celebrating those who share in their vision of making a difference in their communities. The Trailblazers Campaign 2020 aims to showcase, celebrate and profile ordinary young people who are doing extraordinary work.

 

National Youth Development Agency CEO, Mr Waseem Carrim said “This is an exciting venture by the NYDA in line with our theme Youth Power: Growing South Africa together in a period of COVID-19, to celebrate young people who are making a difference in their communities. The aim is to appreciate and show case the work done by the youth during these trying times. Trailblazers are pioneers, innovators and lifelong learners who will help create a better world”

 

Mr Carrim, added “…with the world and country dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that there are those young people, in spite of their challenges who are going above and beyond. We want to know their stories. We want to recognise them. We want to tell their stories to the world.”

 

Our country’s young trailblazers boast a participant base comprising of those who are rising above their challenges to succeed in areas including but not limited to: Academia, Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology and Innovation and Leadership development and Design thinking.

 

Trailblazers Campaign 2020 continues to urge young people to emulate them and ensure that South Africa produces more and more skills that are needed by the economy and to also skills that enrich our culture and heritage.

 

Nominations for the 2020 Trailblazers must be sent to Trailblazers@nyda.gov.za on or before the 10th of June 2020.

 

The nomination form, available on www.nyda.gov.za must be accompanied by a profile and evidence of work (in the form of pictures) done by the nominated young person. Please supply their contact details.

 

For Media Enquiries:

Ms. Bongekile Skosana

Specialist Media Liaison and Public Relations

 

Contact: 060 978 6000

Ms. Refilwe Lekgothoane

Media Liaison Officer

Contact: 060 967 0483

 

Twitter: @NYDARSA

Instagram: @nyda_insta

Facebook: National Youth Development Agency

May 2020

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY HOST VIRTUAL LAUNCH OF YOUTH MONTH 2020

MEDIA ADVISORY

TO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS/REPORTERS/PRODUCERS/ANCHORS 29 MAY 2020

 

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY HOST VIRTUAL LAUNCH OF YOUTH MONTH 2020

 

On 1 June 2020, Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities and its agency, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) in partnership with the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture will host the virtual launch of Youth Month. This year and for the first time, the Youth Month will not be celebrated with youth gathered together in large numbers due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has resulted in the National Days being commemorated virtually. The year 2020 marks 44 years since the June 16 uprising that saw a shift in the country’s youth activism and power. The year 2020 also marks 30 years since the release of Former President Nelson Mandela.

 

During this youth month, we must call on the spirit of the generation of 1976 to rally us through this challenging period for our country, our continent and the world. Youth Month 2020 will be celebrated virtually under the theme “Youth Power: Growing South Africa together in a period of COVID-19”.

 

The virtual launch of Youth Month 2020 will be live streamed on our social media platforms including Zoom and YouTube for the benefit of all young people during this global pandemic of COVID-19. National Youth Development Agency CEO, Mr. Waseem Carrim will during the virtual launch unveil the Youth Month calendar of activities. Key virtual activities will be broadcast through various platforms such as Social Media, Web-based seminars (Webinars), Virtual Masterclasses and harnessing the power of TV and Radio.

 

Members of the media are invited to follow the broadcast of the Youth Month virtual launch from 11am on Monday, 1 June 2020 on our social media pages:

 

Facebook,

Twitter

Instagram

 

For Media Enquiries:

Ms. Bongekile Skosana

Specialist Media Liaison Contact: 060 978 6000

 

Ms. Refilwe Lekgothoane

Media Liaison Officer Contact: 060 967 0483

 

Mr. Madimetja Moleba

Media Liaison Officer Contact: 066 301 4675

Issued by the National Youth Development Agency

April 2020

NYDA OPENS YOUTH MICRO ENTERPRISES RELIEF FUND (YMERF)

MEDIA STATEMENT

20 APRIL 2020

ATTENTION: NEWS EDITORS/PRODUCERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NYDA OPENS YOUTH MICRO ENTERPRISES RELIEF FUND (YMERF) 

 

Government has introduced a number of interventions aimed at assisting businesses in general, and Youth-Owned Enterprises in particular during the COVID-19 lockdown period. These interventions include the Debt Relief Fund and the SMME Support Intervention by the Department of Small Business Development. 

 

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has opened the Youth Micro Enterprises Relief Fund (YMERF) aimed at assisting youth enterprises who might not qualify for other funds. This fund will respond to challenges facing youth owned businesses such as inability to pay employees, lack of income, including  waiting periods for other funding mechanisms , etc. 

 

Funding will be capped at R 10 000 for every qualifying business. More details about the NYDA Youth Micro Enterprise Relief Fund are available on www.nyda.gov.za and on all NYDA social media platforms.  

 

Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni has called on all stakeholders to work together during this period, and for youth to take advantage of the fund.

 

“The efforts by government to this end are indeed commendable, and require all stakeholders in youth development to cooperate and mitigate against negative economic impact resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic “ said Mtsweni 

 

Released by:

 

National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)

 

Media Enquires:

Bongekile Skosana

Media Liaison Officer

060 978 6000

 

Lerato Gambu

Spokesperson

060 978 6000

March 2020

NYDA CALLS ON YOUNG PEOPLE TO OBSERVE GOVERNMENT’S INTERVENTIONS TO FIGHT THE SPREAD COVID-19

MEDIA STATEMENT

24 MARCH 2020

ATTENTION: NEWS EDITORS/PRODUCERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NYDA CALLS ON YOUNG PEOPLE TO OBSERVE GOVERNMENT’S INTERVENTIONS TO FIGHT THE SPREAD COVID-19

 

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) calls on young people to support government interventions as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

 

Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni says that “Young people have an opportunity to demonstrate the highest form of discipline and patriotism. We need to cooperate, assist our government and protect our communities by strict adherence to the interventions. “

 

In response to the announcement for the national lock down from the Thursday, 26th March 2020 at midnight until the 16 April 2020, the NYDA will be closing its operation from 26th of March 2020 at 13h00. However, applications received for the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative Programme in partnership with the Department of Small Business Development for 1000 enterprises funded in 100 days; will still be processed as received thus far. Further applications will only be received and processed after the lifting of the National lockdown and State of Disaster.

 

Young people are urged to adhere to measures which include a change in individual behaviour and hygiene:

 

- washing hands frequently with hand sanitisers or soap and water for at least 20 seconds;

- covering our nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or flexed elbow;

- avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

 

The NYDA understands the importance of building an entrepreneurial ecosystem and encouraging entrepreneurship as critical in the fight against poverty, unemployment and inequality. In this context, we urge young entrepreneurs and to utilise all measures put in place by government   to ensure their enterprises survive during the national lock down.

 

We call on young people to utilise the Debt Relief Fund and the SMME Support Intervention by the Department of Small Business Development. The fund is accessible by enrolling through the SMME South Africa platform (www.smmesa.gov.za).

 

“Our actions as the youth during this period will contribute immensely in fighting the spread of COVID-19. Let us exercise the greatest caution and stay at home and ensure that we avoid the spreading of fake news.”

 

“In protecting ourselves against the virus, we are duty bound to provide necessary care for the elderly and the vulnerable. We call on all of us to rise, unite and demonstrate our utmost commitment to the country and emerge victorious as a resilient nation that we are known to be” added Mtsweni.

 

Released by:

 

National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)

 

Media Enquires:

Bongekile Skosana

Media Liaison Officer

060 978 6000

 

Lerato Gambu

Spokesperson

060 978 6000

February 2020

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY STATEMENT ON THE STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS (SONA)

MEDIA RELEASE

14 FEBRUARY 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY STATEMENT ON THE STATE OF THE NATION ADRESS (SONA)

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) welcomes and supports President Cyril Ramaphosa State of the Nation Address (SONA).

We welcome and support the commitment to allocate a piece of the budget from Government as a whole for youth employment, we will hold Government to that commitment.

The latest figures by the Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) Quarter Labour Force Survey (Q4) 2019 indicated that unemployment rate remained unchanged, with approximately 8.2 million (40.1%) of South Africa’s 20.2 million young people aged 15 to 34 are not in employment, education or training.

We reiterate our commitment to implement the programme of 1000 youth-owned enterprises to be funded in the next 100 days through NYDA grant programme. The NYDA is proud to have partnered with the Presidency and Department of Small Business Development to ensure success of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative. The first ten beneficiaries of this initiative will be announced today. These are ordinary young people, doing extraordinary things.

According to Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni “The plan, underpinned by five priority actions over the next five years, is the most comprehensive plan for young people in South Africa’s democratic history and commits to shifting the needle, changing the narrative for young people.”

The NYDA will support the following five priority actions as pronounced by the President during the SONA:

- Building a national pathway management network for young work-seekers to view and access available learning and working opportunities and receive a range of support services and work readiness to help them navigate into employment and other economic opportunities.

- Implementing agile, demand led-workforce development programmes that allow young people to develop the capabilities required to take up new opportunities in growth sectors.

- Supporting the township and rural economy by creating inclusive markets in opportunity areas such as the food economy, the green economy, health, and education.

- Providing opportunities for workplace experience through the Youth Employment Service, and ensuring that every student enrolled in TVET colleges can access work-integrated learning to complete their qualifications and enter the workplace, and

- Revitalising the National Youth Service.

The NYDA further welcomes the announcements of key other interventions for young people including the establishment of nine new TVET colleges and a University Science and Technology in Ekurhuleni. In addition, we applaud prioritization of eradicating the persistent challenge of student accommodation in the country.

“We also commend the President for a deliberate effort to prioritise the inclusion of young people in the mainstream economy. Through providing much needed support for SMMEs, lowering the cost of data and giving young females a platform (known as SheTradesZA) to participate in global value chains and markets; youth economic inclusion is well underway”.

“We are also hopeful that Minister of Finance when delivering the Medium-Term Budget; will heed the call by the NYDA for an increased budget, which will enable access to funding for young entrepreneurs” added Mtsweni.

Released by the National Youth Development Agency

Media Inquiries:

Bongekile Skosana

060 978 6000

Lerato Gambu

060 978 6000

National Youth Development Agency expands reach in the Western Cape

MEDIA ADVISORY

TO ALL NEWS MEDIA/EDITORS

03 February 2020 

 

National Youth Development Agency expands reach in the Western Cape

 

Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Mr. Sifiso Mtsweni will on Tuesday, 04 February 2020, officially launch the NYDA Garden Route District Office; and Karoo District Office on Wednesday, 05 February 2020.

 

The official launches follow the NYDA’s decision to expand its reach and enable access to its products and services. During the launch, young people in both districts will receive important information on entrepreneurship and employment opportunities from various stakeholders.

 

Details of the event are as follows:

 

Date​​: ​Tuesday, 04 February 2020

Time​​: ​09h00 am 

Venue​​: ​George Town Hall, George

 

Date ​​: ​Wednesday, 05 February 2020

Time​​: ​09h00 am

Venue​​: Youth Hub, Beaufort West

 

Members of the media interested in attending the event should RSVP to media@nyda.gov.za or call 060 978 6000.

 

Media Enquiries:

Bongekile Skosana

060 978 6000

 

Lerato Gambu

NYDA Spokesperson

Cell: 064 860 0716

Issued by the National Youth Development Agency

PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA TO ADDRESS PRE-SONA YOUTH DIALOGUE

MEDIA STATEMENT

TO : ALL MEDIA/ NEWS EDITORS

DATE : TUESDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2020

PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA TO ADDRESS PRE- SONA YOUTH DIALOGUE

President Cyril Ramaphosa will tomorrow, 12 February 2020, participate in a Pre-SoNA Youth dialogue hosted by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in the Western Cape.

The Youth dialogue is aimed at bringing young entrepreneurs, young people living with disabilities, youth formations and students, to discuss progress that the country has made thus far and their role in the growth South Africa.

The session will be facilitated by young people for young people, under the theme "Grow South Africa together".

President Ramaphosa's participation at the dialogue further provides a platform for young people to engage with government on efforts to grow South Africa together, with specific focus to youth employment.

Media is invited to cover the session as follows:

DATE: Wednesday, 12 February 2020

TIME: 13:00 for 15:00

VENUE: Roof Terrace, second floor, Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)

Members of the media who intend to cover the event should send their details to Tsakane Khambane on 082 084 5566 or Bongekile Skosana on 060 978 6000 by no later than 20:00 on Tuesday, 11 February 2020.

Accreditation cards should be collected tomorrow, 12 February 2020 at Room 2.60, second floor, CTICC between 09:00 - 12:00

Media enquiries:

Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to the President – 072 854 5707

Issued by the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa

www.thepresidency.gov.za

January 2020

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY HOSTS YOUTH IN BUSINESS BREAKFAST

MEDIA ADVISORY

TO ALL MEDIA /NEWS EDITORS

09 JANUARY 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY HOSTS YOUTH IN BUSINESS BREAKFAST

Minister for Small Business Development, Ms. Khumbudzo Ntshavheni and Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Mr Sifiso Mtsweni will on Friday , 10 January 2020 host the Youth in Business Breakfast.

The breakfast aims to engage youth in business on challenges and opportunities across various sectors.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date: Friday , 10 January 2020

Venue: Garden Court, Kimberly; Northern Cape Province

Time: 09h00

For Media RSVP please contact Ms Bongekile Skosana on Bongekile.Skosana@nyda.gov.za or call on 060 978 6000‬ or Ms Priscilla Monama on 0662850433.

Media Enquiries

Lerato Gambu

NYDA Spokesperson

0763221165

Issues by the National Youth Development Agency

December 2019

YOUTH AGENCY COMMENDS REPORT BY COMPETITION COMMISSION

MEDIA STATEMENT

03 DECEMBER 2019

ATTENTION: PRODUCERS/ JOURNALISTS/ REPORTERS/ NEWS EDITORS/ PROGRAMME EDITORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

YOUTH AGENCY COMMENDS REPORT BY COMPETITION COMMISSION

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) commends ruling of the Competition Commission of South Africa on data price costs. This report captures aspirations of youth and advances the right access to information. In the 2018/2019 financial year, NYDA launched full-service branches and district offices which are fully equipped with WI-FI hotspots to assist young people with their day to day internet needs.

Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni says that, “amongst the many calls the NYDA has been advocating for includes the reduction of data cost; data costs also have an adverse effect on young entrepreneurs and job seekers who rely on internet to explore opportunities that will better their lives.”

Research estimates that almost 3.3 billion people globally own smart phones, and over 22 million people in South Africa use a smart phone; which accounts to about a third of the country’s population. During the inaugural Jobs Summit, we called for “breaking down barriers of entry into the job market which include enable broadband access through lowering data costs, as massive data costs are a hindrance for young job seekers”.

“Access to internet is indeed a human right and a right that young people should enjoy without reaching deep into their pockets. We urge all stakeholders to work together in ensuring implementation of the Data Services Commission Market Inquiry Report, in advancing youth development,” said Mtsweni.

Media Enquires:

Specialist Media Liaison

Bongekile Skosana

060 978 6000

Lerato Gambu

NYDA Spokesperson

060 978 6000

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY CONGRATULATES ZOZIBINI TUNZI FOR WINNING MISS UNIVERSE

MEDIA STATEMENT

09 DECEMBER 2019

ATTENTION: PRODUCERS/ JOURNALISTS/ REPORTERS/ NEWS EDITORS/ PROGRAMME EDITORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY CONGRATULATES ZOZIBINI TUNZI FOR WINNING MISS UNIVERSE

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) congratulates Ms Zozibini Tunzi on being crowned Miss Universe 2019 on the 68th edition of the Miss Universe pageant.

“The historic victory comes at a time when our country continues to demonstrate a country of victors. She is representing a limitless generation of young people that achieve against all odds says Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni.

Miss Zozibini Tunzi becomes the third incumbent Miss South Africa since Ms Margaret Gardiner and Ms Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.

“South Africa and Africa in general is inspired. We are more inspired by her call for young women and girls to take up leadership roles in society and occupy the space, a call we support. Congratulations Miss Universe 2019 and Miss South, Ms Zozibini Tunzi and we wish her all the best” said Mtsweni.

Media Enquires:

Bongekile Skosana

060 978 6000

Lerato Gambu

NYDA supports Ministry of Employment and Labour’s extension of protection and benefits to film and television workers

MEDIA STATEMENT

20 DECEMBER 2019

ATTENTION: PRODUCERS/ JOURNALISTS/ REPORTERS/ NEWS EDITORS/ PROGRAMME EDITORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NYDA supports Ministry of Employment and Labour’s extension of protection and benefits to film and television workers.

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) supports the long overdue recognition of workers in the film and televisions industry. It has been our call that the protection of labor within various industries, cannot exclude a space that sees of a great participation of youth.

According to Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni “The proposed recommendations by the Ministry of Employment and Labour, is a step in the right direction, as the creative industry; especially film and television are a critical engender for social cohesion and nation building”

The NYDA has held various consultations with young people in the industry and noted its exclusionary nature. Thus extending these benefits would contribute immensely to the challenge of unemployment facing young people.

“We also support the workers federation, and hold a firm view that workers in the film and television industry need to benefit accordingly and be compensated that which is due them” said Mtsweni

Media Enquires

Bongekile Skosana

‭060 978 6000‬

Lerato Gambu

NYDA Spokesperson

060 978 6000

November 2019

NYDA CONGRATULATES SPRINGBOKS

MEDIA STATEMENT

02 NOVEMBER 2019

ATTENTION: PRODUCERS/ JOURNALISTS/ REPORTERS/ NEWS EDITORS/ PROGRAMME EDITORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NYDA CONGRATULATES SPRINGBOKS

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) congratulates our national rugby team, the Springboks on winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Executive Chairperson, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni says that “The third Rugby World Cup win for the Springboks reminds South Africa of the historical importance of sports in the creation of a united -and non-racial society moving forward”.

“We congratulate Captain Siya Kolisi and the entire team for this championship achievement putting our country at the highest rugby ranking worldwide” said Mtsweni

Media Inquiries

Bongekile Skosana

‭060 978 6000‬

Lerato Gambu

NYDA Spokesperson

064 860 0716

COMMITTEE COMMENDS NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY FOR MAINTAINING CLEAN AUDIT OUTCOME FOR FIVE YEARS

MEDIA STATEMENT

COMMITTEE COMMENDS NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY FOR MAINTAINING CLEAN AUDIT OUTCOME FOR FIVE YEARS

Parliament, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 – The Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities welcomed the clean audit outcomes by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) for its annual report and financial statements for 2018/19.

The committee commended the NYDA and indicated that it needs to maintain the clean audit outcome as it has for the past five years. However, the committee noted with concern and questioned whether the targets the NYDA sets for itself were actually too low as several were overachieved, looking at the organisation’s performance.

The Board Chairperson, Mr Sfiso Mtsweni, said in his response they don’t set low targets as these are informed by several factors but the problem with the NYDA is the budget allocation. “There’s only so much we can do based on what we have,” he said.

Notwithstanding that, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Waseem Carrim, noted that “we continue to pursue partnerships throughout the financial year and therefore we have been able to secure donor funds to enable us to do more and it was for this reason that certain targets were exceeded due to additional resources”.

On the issue of visibility in the various provinces, particularly in rural areas and townships, the committee remained concerned that NYDA offices are not accessible to all young people in rural areas and townships. In its response, the NYDA acknowledged that it is not stationed everywhere, but since the board came into office, the number of offices have increased from 15 to 40 in the various provinces and that its footprint has also increased in district municipalities.

The committee remained concerned about the prevalence of gender-based violence (GBV) and mental health concerns among students, and thus questioned if the NYDA had programmes and mechanisms in place to address these issues. The NYDA said in its next meeting with the committee, it will provide and present the work it is implementing around GBV and mental health as these are matters that are concerning and require attention.

The NYDA reported that no irregular expenditure was incurred during the 2018/19 financial year. However, the committee noted that the Auditor-General identified a potential conflict of interest on two procurement transactions, where an employee of the NYDA did not declare the relationship with the service provider, nor did the service provider do so. The NYDA outlined to the committee the policy in place for NYDA employees in terms of declaring any conflict of interest. 

The matter at hand is in the process of being dealt with and the CEO assured the committee that given the outcome of the investigation by its Internal Audit unit, the implicated official has been suspended, disciplinary charges will be pursued, and the maximum sentence to be imposed will be in line with consequence management.

In terms of governance of the board, the committee acknowledged the importance of the filling of vacancies for the board, and the matter pertaining to the temporary accounting authority will be followed up with the Minister as a matter of urgency.

ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE ACTING CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON WOMEN, YOUTH AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, MS FIKILE MASIKO

October 2019

NYDA wishes matric class of 2019 best of luck

MEDIA STATEMENT

15 OCTOBER 2019

ATTENTION: PRODUCERS/ JOURNALISTS/ REPORTERS/ NEWS EDITORS/ PROGRAMME EDITORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NYDA wishes matric class of 2019 best of luck

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) wishes all learners who will be writing the 2019 National Senior Certificate (Matric) best of luck. Nearly 800 000 learners will sit for the final examinations across South Africa.

We are confident that our Back to School Campaign and NYDA Goes Rural Programme which targeted schools in rural areas providing necessary interventions and study materials will aid efforts by various stakeholders to increase our national pass rate to over 80%.

Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni has expressed confidence in the matric class of 2019 after a successful programme held in Limpopo last week wherein five schools in the Blouberg Local Municipality received study guides from the NYDA ahead of the final examinations. During the event learners also had the opportunity to apply for NSFAS on-site.

The continued partnership between the NYDA and NSFAS; and Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Scholarship Fund (SKMSF) will serve as a great motivation and guarantor to learners to access higher education institutions.

NYDA begun these interventions in various provinces such as the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape .

“Learners should prepare accordingly for the last hurdle towards post schooling life and be ready for a better future. We encourage learners to put their best foot forward and focus on their examinations” said Mtsweni.

Media Enquires

Bongekile Skosana

060 978 6000

Lerato Gambu

NYDA Spokesperson

064 860 0716

September 2019

NYDA calls on all the youth of South Africa across all sectors to join in service of their communities

MEDIA ADVISORY

TO ALL MEDIA /NEWS EDITORS

19 SEPTEMBER 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY HOSTS MEMORIAL SERVICE OF LATE EXECUTIVE DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON, BAVELILE HLONGWA

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) will tomorrow , 20 September 2019 honor the life and times of late Executive Deputy Chairperson, Ms Bavelile Hlongwa during a memorial service.

Deputy Chairperson Bavelile Hlongwa formed a great part of our organization and led with great distinction. It is only befitting for the NYDA to pay tribute to this larger than life and selfless cadre of youth development.

Ms. Hlongwa will be sorely missed by all at the Agency, and her spirit will forever echo whenever the we speak of game changers in the youth development space.

We invite the public to join us as we remember this passionate administrator and champion in our line of work.

Details of the memorial service as follows:

Date: 20 September 2019

Venue: NYDA Head Office, 54 Maxwell Drive, Woodmead North Office Park, Woodmead

Time: 12h00

Enquiries

Bongekile Skosana

060 978 6000

Media@nyda.gov.za

Lerato Gambu

NYDA Spokesperson

Cell: 064 860 0716

Issued by the National Youth Development Agency

STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY FOLLOWING MEETING WITH THE PAN AFRICAN YOUTH UNION, SOUTH AFRICAN YOUTH COUNCIL AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA FORUM AMIDST RECENT ATTACKS ON FOREIGN NATIONALS

MEDIA STATEMENT

11 SEPT 2019

ATTENTION: PRODUCERS/ JOURNALISTS/ REPORTERS/ NEWS EDITORS/ PROGRAMME EDITORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY FOLLOWING MEETING WITH THE PAN AFRICAN YOUTH UNION, SOUTH AFRICAN YOUTH COUNCIL AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA FORUM AMIDST RECENT ATTACKS ON FOREIGN NATIONALS

The Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Mr. Sifiso Mtsweni has today, 11 September 2019 met the leadership of the South African Youth Council (SAYC), Pan African Youth Union (PYU) and the African Diaspora Forum. Meeting followed recent violent attacks on foreign nationals across South Africa with the aim of finding a youthful voice and deliberate solutions on the impasse.

The NYDA is a primary institution responsible for youth development affairs in South Africa and has a mammoth task of implementing amongst others the National Youth Policy (2020) which finds its existence within the African Youth Charter (2006). Thus, in executing it mandate the agency is empowered by the NYDA Act 54 0f 2008 to carry our any investigations that it deems necessary.

Mr. Mtsweni reiterated the position of government that “South Africa is not a xenophobic nation”. In his opening remarks maintained that “social upheavals are because of societal-ills leading to inequality, unemployment and poverty, but in no way a justification of escalating violence against foreign nationals”.

Acting Secretary General of PYU, Mr. said that, “State institutions in Africa should address acts of criminality by way of law and not a spontaneous reaction resulting from actions by civilians. Crime has no nationality”.

“The African Diaspora will in partnership with relevant stakeholders continue to initiate dialogues and youth-focused programmes aimed at assisting the social-cohesion project across Africa”.

SAYC President, Mr Josopu urged “South Africans to maintain a high-morale standard and deal with the phenomenon of South African exceptionalism and negative treatment towards foreign nationals”.

The meeting resolved on developing a programme of action to swiftly address issues that continuously affect South Africans and foreign nationals.

“Young people are the most users of social media and therefore susceptible to sharing fake news. We call on all young people to be responsible distributors of helpful information, they must at all times verify information they receive before circulating” added Mtsweni.

Media Enquiries

Bongekile Skosana

060 978 6000

Lerato Gambu

NYDA Spokesperson

064 860 0716

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY MOURNS SUDDEN PASSING OF DEPUTY MINISTER OF MINERAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY, ERSTWHILE EXECUTIVE DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON OF THE BOARD

MEDIA STATEMENT

TO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS

14 SEPTEMBER 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY MOURNS SUDDEN PASSING OF DEPUTY MINISTER OF MINERAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY, ERSTWHILE EXECUTIVE DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON OF THE BOARD

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has learned with great sadness the sudden passing of the Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, and it’s erstwhile Executive Deputy Chairperson, Ms Bavelile Hlongwa.

We send our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and comrades of her beloved organization. The agency also sends sincerest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives during the horrific accident.

Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni has described late Ms Hlongwa as as “fearless martyr and champion for youth development across all sectors of society”.

“She took to heart all issues of injustice against women and children and fought relentlessly against economic exclusion of young people. A girl-child had a true representative in her ”.

During her tenure as Executive Deputy Chairperson of the NYDA, Ms Hlongwa lead outreach initiatives focused on access to higher education for learners in marginalized areas and maintained an activist posture of the board by assisting child-headed households.

Ms Hlongwa’s commitment to the generational agenda and demand for young people to occupy all positions of authority and responsibility within the public and private sector remains our clarion call.

“In death, she remains a hero and a voice for the voiceless young people in the rural parts of our country; an Internationalist who dared fly the South African flag highest amongst her peers; lala ngoxolo BV, Mntwana !” said Mtsweni.

Media Enquiries:

Bongekile Skosana

Cell: 060 978 6000

Lerato Gambu

NYDA Spokesperson

Cell: 064 860 0716

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY DEMANDS URGENT ACTION AGAINST CONTINUED SENSELESS KILLINGS ON WOMEN AND CHILDREN

MEDIA STATEMENT

TO ALL MEDIA /NEWS EDITORS

03 SEPTEMBER 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY DEMANDS URGENT ACTION AGAINST CONTINUED SENSELESS KILLINGS ON WOMEN AND CHILDREN

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) is greatly angered with the continued barbaric acts of violence against women and children in South Africa. We are disgusted and condemn the behaviour by men who have declared themselves as enemies of women in our society.

These men have declared all corners of our country unsafe and a no-go area for women of this country.

The brutal killings of Uyinene Mrwetyana and Leighnade Jegels adds pain and fear amongst women and girl children in our society. Women across the country are asking if the they are next in line. These recent killings are just a tip of the iceberg and showcases how patriarchal values are deeply entrenched in our society.

It is now clear, that the most endangered species in humanity, is a woman.

The NYDA can no longer turn a blind eye to such gruesome acts in our society, as this is an ongoing phenomenon which continues to violently steal from the nation.

It can no longer be business as usual, all men must always protect women and provide safety against perpetrators wherever they rear their ugly heads.

The Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni has called on government to rapidly introduce the National Youth Service Programme (NYSP), emphasizing that failure to urgently implement this programme creates less patriotic youth general and young men.

“We call on for an emergency intervention regarding the matter of Gender Based Violence in this country,” says Mr Mtsweni.

Mr Mtsweni further encourages that, “All men regardless of their social standing needs to be exemplary and stand against the killing of women and children. We are all responsible for the future of our country.”

“We demand government to increase its speed in finalising both the National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence and amending of the National Policy Framework in the Management of Sexual Offences. Our urgent task is to also push for a compulsory NYSP, which will help build patriotism amongst the youth creating a value system for our country, building unity and enabling social cohesion.”

Mr Mtsweni also calls for drastic measures to be taken specially by the judiciary of this country.

“We call for the introduction of specialised courts for gender based violence and a register of all men who have violated women. The South African Police ministry must make ascertain that there are systems in place to ensure that perpetrators face the strong might of the law.”

It is with sadness and utter disappointment to learn of such acts that have taken a hike during what was supposed to be a month of women being assured of their safety in society.

The NYDA extends its deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and loved ones of Uyinene Mrwetyana, Leighnade Jegels and the countless brutally murdered women.

Media Enquiries:

Bongekile Skosana

(Specialist Media Liaison and Public Relations)

Cell: ‭060 978 6000‬‬‬‬

Lerato Gambu

(NYDA Spokesperson)

Cell: 064 860 0716

Issued by the National Youth Development Agency

August 2019

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY ACHIEVES 5TH CLEAN AUDIT AND ACHIEVES 100% ANNUAL PERFORMANCE TARGETS AND R0 ON UNAUTHORIZED AND WASTEFUL EXPENDITURE

MEDIA STATEMENT

TO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS

07 AUGUST 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY ACHIEVES 5TH CLEAN AUDIT AND ACHIEVES 100% ANNUAL PERFORMANCE TARGETS AND R0 ON UNAUTHORIZED AND WASTEFUL EXPENDITURE

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has achieved a fifth (5th) clean audit and 100% performance of its annual targets. The 5th clean audit outcome as declared by the Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA) comes at a time the NYDA celebrates ten (10) years since establishment from a merger of Umsobomvu Youth Fund and the National Youth Commission.

“Achieving the 5th successive clean audit shows continued clean governance and a high-performance culture within the agency. Our Board of Directors committed to maintain this outlook unabated ensuring that all the resources are utilised for products and services aimed at improving the lives of young people” says NYDA Executive Chairperson, Sifiso Mtsweni.

A thousand one hundred and three (1103) youth-owned enterprises were supported through the NYDA Grant Programme, which shows an increase from a set target of eight hundred and forty (840) due to additional funding received from the Jobs Fund.

Notwithstanding challenges that confront businesses in general and SMMEs in particular, we also successfully ensured that 100% of legitimate service providers’ invoices were paid within the 30 days.

Chief Executive Officer , Mr Waseem Carrim indicated that the agency has spent the entire budget allocation with 70% of the budget going directly to projects and achieved our target of R0 in wasteful and unauthorized expenditure

The NYDA notes that these governance and performance achievements are against numerous multi layered and faceted challenges that young people face, principally youth unemployment

The NYDA working together with its social partners remains committed to the Medium Term Strategic Framework Plan to achieve the following targets:

- Funding and support of 100 000 youth entrepreneurs

- 1 million more young people placed in jobs over and above the current NDP target

- 250 000 youth enrolled in National Youth Service programs.

- A single coordinating body for youth development to oversee the coordination of youth development.

Recent statistics paint a grim picture, however there remains slight encouraging signs such as the overall increase of jobs and a movement of discouraged work seekers to active work searchers.

Only through a social compact of all sectors of society can our ambitious goals be achieved. The NYDA doors remain open to any individual or institution who is committed to giving young people the hand up they crave.

“The agency continues to expand its reach across South Africa adopting a model that allows launching of district service centres and opening full-service branches. We thank members of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Executive and Senior Management staff and all employees for reaching yet another milestone," added Mtsweni.

Released by:

THE NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (NYDA)

Media Enquiries:

Bongekile Skosana

Cell: 060 978 6000

Lerato Gambu (NYDA Spokesperson)

Cell: 064 860 0716

#NYDAGoodToGreat #YearOfTheYouth

June 2019

NYDA CALLS ON ALL THE YOUTH OF SOUTH AFRICA ACROSS ALL SECTORS TO JOIN IN SERVICE OF THEIR COMMUNITIES.

MEDIA ADVISORY

TO ALL NEWS MEDIA/EDITORS

June 12, 2019

LAUNCH OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE DAY!

NYDA CALLS ON ALL THE YOUTH OF SOUTH AFRICA ACROSS ALL SECTORS TO JOIN IN SERVICE OF THEIR COMMUNITIES.

Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Mr. Sifiso Mtsweni alongside Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Honorable Mr Nathi Mthethwa and Premier of Limpopo, Honorable Mr Stan Mathabatha will on Friday, 14 June 2019 launch the National Youth Service Day at Ntshitshane Village, Mankweng, Limpopo Province.

The National Youth Service Day as declared by the NYDA is implemented through its National Youth Service Programme (NYSP). The objectives of the day are to promote nation building, patriotism and social cohesion. Young people are urged to participate on this important day of action schedule to take place across eight provinces.

Details of the official launch as follows:

Date : Time : Venue :

Friday, 14 June 2019

12h00

30250, Ntshitshane Village, Mankweng, Limpopo

NB: For details of NYS day events taking place across the country see attached poster.

Members of the media interested in attending the event should RSVP to media@nyda.gov.za or call 060 978 6000 by Thursday, 13 June 2019 before 12h00.

For Media Enquiries:

Ms.Bongekile Skosana Email: Media@nyda.gov.za Cell: 060 978 6000

Mr Lerato Gambu

Cell:064 860 0716

Lerato.Gambu@nyda.gov.za

Issued by the National Youth Development Agency

PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA ENGAGES YOUNG PEOPLE AT PRESIDENTIAL YOUTH DIALOGUE

MEDIA STATEMENT

TO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS

19 JUNE 2019

PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA ENGAGES YOUNG PEOPLE AT PRESIDENTIAL YOUTH DIALOGUE

President Cyril Ramaphosa will today, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 engage young people at the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Presidential Youth Dialogue taking place at 120 Plein Street, Imbizo Media Centre, Ground Floor, Cape Town.

According to Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni “The Inaugural Presidential Youth Dialogue will provide a platform for young people to engage first hand with His Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa ahead of his first State of the Nation Address taking place on 20th of June 2019 since the national general elections.

“Young people will have an opportunity to provide practical solutions to challenges confronting them including a high rate of unemployment. The dialogue will give practical steps to what the President termed the struggle of a new generation during his address on Youth Day that is “struggle for economic freedom, for access to land and also education”.

Approximately 200 participants, representing youth across various sectors and formations will convene under the theme “25 years of democracy - celebrating youth activism”. Expected panellists include Khaya Sithole, Anisa Mazimpaka (winner of One Day Leader Season 7).

The NYDA Presidential Youth Dialogue will start at 16:00 pm.

Media Enquiries

Bongekile Skosana

060 978 6000

Lerato Gambu

NYDA Spokesperson

064 860 0716

Issued by the National Youth Development Agency

May 2019

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY LAUNCHES YOUTH MONTH 2019

REMINDER :

MEDIA ADVISORY

TO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS

31 MAY 2019

NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY LAUNCHES YOUTH MONTH 2019

Twenty-five (25) years of democracy and freedom presents South Africa’s youth an opportunity to celebrate the role played by young people during the struggle for liberation.

Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Mr Sifiso Mtsweni will on Tuesday, 04 June 2019 officially launch Youth Month at Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum in Soweto, Johannesburg. This year, Youth Month 2019 will be commemorated under the theme “25 Years of Democracy: A celebration of youth activism”.

Details of to the launch are as follows:

Date: 04 June 2019

Time: 11:00

Venue: Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum, Soweto

NB: Registration for media starts at 10h00am

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the event by sending RSVP to media@nyda.gov.za , contact +27 060 978 6000 by Monday, 03 June 2019 before 17h00.

For Media Enquiries:

Mr Lerato Gambu

064 860 0716

Lerato.Gambu@nyda.gov.za

STATEMENT OF THE OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY FOLLOWING ORDINARY BOARD MEETING

MEDIA STATEMENT

TO ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS

23 MAY 2019

STATEMENT OF THE OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY FOLLOWING ORDINARY BOARD MEETING

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) convened an ordinary Board meeting on Tuesday, 21 May 2019, to receive quarterly reports which included Annual Financial and Performance Statements. The Board also discussed the state of readiness to host Youth Month 2019.

On the 6th Democratic Parliament

The NYDA congratulates President Cyril Ramaphosa on election as the 5th democratically elected President of the Republic of South Africa. We take this opportunity to wish him well as he grows our country and move it forward.

More importantly, the NYDA takes this opportunity to congratulate over 45 Members of Parliament under the age of thirty-five (35) representing different political parties in the National Assembly. We also congratulate thirty (30) others across different provincial legislatures.

The 3rd NYDA Board of Directors took office two years ago and committed to champion the course for youth representation in all decision-making structures. We demanded 20% youth representation in Parliament, government and in the private sector. We called for a 40% youth quota at all companies as a direct measure to fight youth unemployment. We are encouraged that our struggle was not in vain, we were also acutely aware that the struggle for youth representation was not an event, but an ongoing battle which we made a significant breakthrough.

The NYDA is itself honoured to have three (3) of its sitting Board members elected into Parliament representing the ANC and IFP respectively. We congratulate NYDA Executive Deputy Chairperson, Ms Bavelile Hlongwa, Mr Kenny Morolong and Ms Zandile Majozi on their election into Parliament. We are confident that working with other youth across political formations will ensure placement of youth development at the epicentre of the country’s economic development and growth agenda.

The election of the members of the NYDA Board means they will no longer serve as members of the Board since it reports directly to Parliament.

NYDA Act prescribes a process of selection and appointment of members of the Board. The NYDA is in the Presidency and members of the Board are appointed by the President following recommendations by Parliament. We have written to the Accounting Authority (The Presidency through DPME) to receive guidance on how to ensure the institution remains stable and governance continues unabated.

2018/2019 Annual Performance

The NYDA Board is proud to have met all its set targets by reaching 100% of its annual objectives. We are currently subjecting all information to final verification and will submit to the AG. We are happy that we were able to disperse over 1103 Grants to youth-owned enterprises from a target of 840 grants thereby creating over 1000 brand new business owners in 12 months. Our business development support services have supported 25 425 young people from an annual target of 18900. As a result, we have contributed over 5000 direct jobs and a further 5481 through placement in job opportunities. In addition, the NYDA has embarked on a rigorous outreach programme that has seen us reach 1 882 243 young people who were provided with youth development information. We have embarked on 68 programs targeted at rural and township youth.

We have set ourselves an objective of ensuring that the NYDA reaches far and wide, to date in just 2018/2019 we have opened 17 new centres, in the month of June we are launching 6 new centres in the Eastern Cape, Kwa Zulu-Natal and Western Cape rural areas. We have always raised sharply the issue of the budget of the NYDA which is not enough, to date we have raised close to R100 million from partner organizations as well as Provincial and National Departments.

On Finances

We are happy to have spent the entire budget with 70% of the budget going directly to projects. Indications on our Annual Financial Statements are that we have achieved our target of R0 in wasteful and unauthorized expenditure and we are set to achieve the 5th Consecutive Clean Audit.

On Governance and HR

All vacancies at Executive and Senior level have been filled, so the top Management of the institution has now been stabilized. Issues related to the restructuring processes have been concluded and we have reached an agreement with organized labour on outstanding issues including annual increases. The institution has been stabilized in this regard.

On National Youth Service

Our country is one of the few that does not have a compulsory National Youth Service Programme (NYSP) however as the NYDA we have resolved to intensify the National Youth Service. To date we have enrolled close to 200 000 into the program via the different categories. We have partnered with Departments of Arts and Culture, Social Development, Human Settlement, Sports and Recreation, Transnet and various Municipalities. We will intensify this program to reach a million target by 2020.

On Education

We have produced 500 new graduates of the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship fund as we commemorated the 40th Anniversary of Solomon Mahlangu. Our partnership with NSFAS has also seen over 180 000 students using our different offices to access NSFAS applications and benefit from free education.

On Policy

We have finalized the Integrated Youth Development Strategy as well as the Status of Youth Report which have been submitted to the Presidency. Through this vigorous process as well as lobbying we have successfully managed to get Government to legislate the removal of experience as an entry level requirement for all entry level jobs. This is coupled with the 20% quota achieved for youth representation in all key decision-making bodies. We have called on the President to also include youth as he appoints the 6th Government cabinet.

On Youth Month.

This year we will officially launch the youth month on the 4th of June at the Hector Peterson Memorial in Soweto. This will be followed by activities which we will outline on the 4th of June. This year, 2019… the Annual June 16 commemorative events will take place in Limpopo. Details will be released in due course.

We once again take this opportunity to wish all young people of this country strength as we continue to fight against unemployment, poverty and inequalities. Youth development will continue to be at the epicentre of our struggles and indeed victory is certain.

Released by

NYDA Executive Chairperson

Sifiso Mtsweni


Media Enquiries

Lerato Gambu

NYDA Spokesperson

064 860 0716

Issued by the National Youth Development Agency