The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) briefed the Committee on its adjusted Annual Performance Plan and budget for 2020/21.
The key programme areas where budget was reduced: economic participation (R8.4 million); jobs (R16.9 million); National Youth Service (R11.1 million); Research and Policy (R2.23 million); Administration (R32.1 million); and employee costs (R15 million).
Members applauded the improvement of the entity’s report but stressed that its budget adjustment concerning job programme two (reduction of R16 Million) was a lot. South Africa was faced with mass unemployment, especially now during the pandemic. The R2 million reductions in the research section was also a lot. Young people were needed for research in terms of creativity and innovation to address many issues that affected youth. Can the entity elaborate why such big cuts, given that they directly impact youth?
Members asked how the young people in rural areas, women and people with disability were assisted in accessing the Unemployment Insurance Fund and COVID-19 relief funds. They also asked how the reduction of funds would affect these specific people in terms of accessing training from the entity. Has entity started on working on a plan beyond COVID-19?
Members also asked how the entity was planning to address rape culture, particularly in high schools, while also de-normalising patriarchy in schools.
Members highlighted that agriculture must be one of the prioritised sectors that the entity could look at. The issue of land and agriculture must be taken seriously, and the youth needed to participate in this dialogue. Young people in all government constituencies needed to be encouraged to get involved in all forms of agriculture.
The artists (the creative hub of the economy) must also not be left behind. Members asked the entity to assist the artists; the Agency could do this through partnering with the Department of Sport and Arts and Culture to see if they could come up with something tangible.
Opening Remarks by the Chairperson
The Chairperson officially opened the meeting and asked the Committee Secretary to present the agenda to the Committee.
The Secretary announced that the agenda of the meeting was for the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) to present its adjusted Annual Performance Plan and budget for the 2020/21 financial year.
The Chairperson then asked the Committee to raise any concerns regarding the previous presentation from the NYDA on its Strategic Plan.
Apologies were received from Mr L Mpithi (DA) and Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. The Minister was attending Cabinet and National Command Council meetings. The Minister deployed the Deputy Minister to represent the ministry in this meeting.
The Chairperson updated Dr Bernice Hlagala, together with Mr Waseem Carrim, CEO: NYDA, and Ms Thami Mkhwanazi, CFO: NYDA, that the Committee had shortlisted 30 candidates for the NYDA and their CVs had been submitted to the Human Resource (HR) department to verify their qualifications. The candidates were sent consent forms and the selection committee required them to submit the original copy of their fingerprints (to be obtained from the police station) for screening purposes. The closing date for the consent form was 08 July 2020 and for fingerprints it was 09 July 2020.
The Chairperson raised a concern from the Committee, that there was a petition on social media with an NYDA logo; the distributors were trying to lobby people and convince them that the process of selecting the 30 shortlisted NYDA committee candidates was not free and fair, and some candidates were marginalised. She asked if the petition was from the NYDA, and if not, the entity must investigate the origin of the petition. The person found using the NYDA logo without executive authority must be subjected to the disciplinary committee.
Ms F Masiko (ANC) asked if the Committee had received the shortlisted candidates’ forms, and what would happen if the candidates did not meet the deadline.
The Chairperson emphasised that no candidate could miss the deadline, unless if the submission was delayed by courier services.
The Committee Secretary indicated that the office had received 17 forms so far and received one apology from the Eastern Cape (Bizana).
Ms N Giba, Unit Manager: Committee Section, Parliament, acknowledged that 17 fingerprints copies from the candidates were couriered in and one email was received from Eastern Cape to report late arrival. Ms Giba received about 23 consent forms and six qualification verifications; two alerts were received from HR about late documents due to delayed courier services.
In the absence of comments, the Chairperson invited the CEO and CFO to deliver the presentation on the adjustment budget from NYDA.
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