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NYDA briefs media on South African Youth Awards

Deputy Executive Chairperson, Ms Bavelile Hlongwa

Members of the NYDA Board,

Chief Executive Officer, Mr Waseem Carrim

Executive Directors,

South African Youth Awards Winners (previous)

Members of the Media,

We meet a day after the successful completion of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations for the matric class of 2018. The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) is confident that this cohort will deliver to our expectations and increase our pass percentage from the last academic year. We wish them the best of luck. We also take this moment to remind all prospective students to apply for National Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) closing on Friday, 30 November 2018. Today and tomorrow branches of the NYDA will operate from 08:00 am until 22h00 pm to ensure that young people do not miss the opportunity to apply. 

In the same wavelength we encourage young people to join us in celebrating the achievement by the NYDA in successfully ensuring that government scraps experience on entry-level vacancies in the public sector. This is however not yet uhuru as we continue to pursue government to enact this as law to compel the private sector to implement as well. In this way, we call on young people to continue to engage in relentless campaigns for access to job opportunities and employment.  

We also wish to take this opportunity to reiterate our call for an immediate end to Gender-Based Violence in our society. As the country celebrates 16 Days of Activism against violence on women and children, we cannot adequately stress the role of men in general and young men in particular, in this struggle. We challenge all men and to become protectors of the families, sisters and all girl child. It is time for men to rise and be counted. Enough with hooliganism and barbaric acts against those that we claim to love.

On behalf of the NYDA Board of Directors and Executive Management, I am delighted to present the state of readiness to host the third instalment of the South African Youth Awards, affectionately known as the SAYAs. The official launch of the SAYAs took place in 2012, as a response and appreciation of efforts by young South Africans to create a better country, Africa and the world. The awards seeks to provide a platform to showcase the exceptional work and contribution that young people are making, telling inspiring stories of young people who register extraordinary achievements against all odds.

Through the SAYAs, we take time to celebrate young people like Snikiwe Xaba, a grade 11 pupil at Sikanisweni High School in Ezingolweni, Port Shepstone,  Kwa-Zulu Natal who managed to turn her acne problems into a business idea by establishing her own beauty products range called Natural Me (which include facewash, toner, day and night creams). It is stories such as that of Tumelo Ramakone, a 13-year girl from Nobody Village in GaMothiba, Limpopo Province who was voted the best young female scientist during an Eskom Expo in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni. An award she received by building a solar cooler box.

The year 2018 is celebrated as the centenary year of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu. It is in this context that #SAYA2018 convenes under the theme “Be the Legacy”. The NYDA will remain a single most primary institution responsible for youth development that continues in its efforts to encourage the youth of South Africa to emulate values of sacrifice and commitment as lived by our stalwarts. Young women should become women of fortitude like Mama Alberina Sisulu.

It us young men who should be at the centre of gender struggle, just as Tata Madiba did and declared, “As long as women are bound by poverty, human rights will lack substance”. The NYDA salutes and congratulates Banyana Banyana for going through to the Africa Women Cup of Nations Final and qualifying for the first time ever in the FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place at France in 2019. Like many other progressive organisation, the NYDA believes that Banyana Banyana deserves to be compensated the at the same salary scale as their male counterparts. To us there is no difference between male and female soccer when the pride of the country is at stake.  

I am sure that the country will be excited as we are to host the 3rd SAYAs on December 7, 2018 at ICC, East London in the Eastern Cape. The countdown to this august occasion has in earnest begun. We have received nominations across the length and breadth of our motherland. A demonstration that majority of young people remain inspired by the adage “Uzoyi-thola kanjane uhlele a koneni”. 

Members of the media, ladies and gentlemen, all is set for the big day and we are proud to announce the following:

1.   Judges

The following high panel of esteemed judges are responsible for the 2018 South African Youth Awards:

  • Ms Pearl Pillay: Youth Lab
  • Ms Palesa Notsi: NYDA
  • Ms Nneile Nkholise: SAYA 2017 Winner of the Presidential Award
  • Mr Bulelani Balabala – SAYA 2017 winner
  • Bonga Masoka - Venture Capitalist
  • Potego Phakwago - Animal Production Lecturer and PHD student

2.   Hosts

  • Mr Kope Magae , popularly knowns as Mrekza from Generations: The Legacy
  • Ms Zizo Tshwete

3.   Award Category Presenters

During the ceremony the NYDA will award a total of nine awards in the following categories, namely Academia, Arts & Entertainment (includes music, film, literature and dance), Entrepreneurship, Extraordinary Champion (differently abled individuals), Health & Well-Being, Science, Technology & Innovation (includes medicine), Social Cohesion, Environment (includes Agriculture), and the overall winner the Presidential Awards. Amongst other distinguished guests, the following personalities will be present the awards:

  • Pallance Dladla
  • Nomzama Mbatha
  • Nomsa Buthelezi (Gomora Diva)
  • Omuhle Gela
  • Amaza
  • Mbalivhali
  • Naked DJ
  • Mbalivhali
  • Bujy
  • Cindy Mahlangu
  • Other personalities have also been invited to attend as guests

We hope that the SAYAs will inspire and motivate other young people. Most importantly, we hope that through the SAYAs the public and private sector, civil society and business will be encouraged to do more for youth development. “For a country that does not invest in its youth, does not deserve its future”

I thank you.

For media enquiries contact:

Lerato Gambu

Tel: 011 651 7000

Cell: 064 860 0716

E-mail: Lerato.Gambu@nyda.gov.za


Issued by the National Youth Development Agency

29 November 2018​