youth empowerment

SA Youth Hopeless – NYDA Warns

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has warned that young people have lost hope for a better life due to rising unemployment.

NYDA chairperson, Andile Lungisa, points out that, "We are not going to have a bright future in this country if we don't start investing in youth development now"

Lungisa states that by 2025, this generation will be expected to carry the country forward, but it is a generation which was never assisted with skills; it is a generation that has lost hope.

Swazi Students to Protest Funding Cuts

Swaziland's students have pledged to bring their country to a standstill on 21 March 2012 as they take to the streets to voice their anger about education funding cuts and new political conditions placed on study bursaries.

They argue that the proposed 60 percent cut in allowances will put tertiary education out of the reach of many poorer families.

They are also not happy that scholarships will not be awarded to students who are members of political parties, which are banned in that country.

We Are Clean, Unaffiliated, Says NYDA

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) says it has placed a strong focus on accelerated job creation by equipping young people with hands-on skills.

NYDA head, Steven Ngubeni, points out that the agency created 18 000 jobs last year, adding that it also provides bursaries in partnership with several embassies.

Meanwhile, the Public Protector is investigating the agency for the misuse of funds and new allegations of nepotism by Ngubeni, who was previously the deputy secretary-general of the African National Congress Youth League.

Lungisa Criticised for Budget Comments

The Democratic Alliance Youth has criticised the chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Andile Lungisa, for rejecting Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s R376 million budget allocation to the agency.

The Democratic Alliance Youth director, Aimee Franklin, points out that the NYDA has been unable to spend the budget that they have responsibly.

Aimee cites the World Festival of Youth and Students as a prime example of misspending by the NYDA.

Fellowship Targets Young Learners

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is offering South Africa’s brightest young minds a head-start in life through its Allan Gray Fellowship Programme.

The initiative aims to develop students, known as Allan Gray Fellows, into SA’s future high growth entrepreneurial leaders and includes comprehensive financial support as one of its benefits.

Students to Push for Free Education

The newly-elected South African Students Congress (SASCO) leadership is to push Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, to implement the African National Congress’ (ANC) free education policy at tertiary institutions.

SASCO general secretary, Themba Masondo, points out that students are eager to tackle Nzimande head-on about their goal of free education.

Masondo adds that, "We are disappointed that since 1994 free education does not seem to be the government's priority.”

Lungisa Rejects Criticism Against NYDA

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has reacted angrily to calls for the organisation to be disbanded.

NYDA chairperson, Andile Lungisa, points out that, "It smacks of mischief to claim that an institution that has existed for just over two years has failed."

The reaction comes after the call by the Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade and the Congress of the People Youth Movement leaders for the NYDA to be replaced by a youth ministry.

NGO to Benefit From IT Excellence Awards

The Papillon Foundation, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year, will be the charity beneficiary of the upcoming Computer Society of South Africa (CSSA) President's Awards Breakfast, to be hosted in partnership with ITWeb.

A portion of the proceeds from the breakfast will be donated to the Papillon Foundation, a NGO working towards the social development of previously disadvantaged communities.

African Youth Day Conference 2011

The Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is the youth platform for information exchange, forum for debate on African issues and a network of future political, corporate, academic, literary, religious and traditional leaders in all African contexts.

The African Youth Day was declared and adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2006 to be commemorated on 1 November each year. It has since evolved as the most powerful platform of young people of Africa.

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