NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY PRESENTATION TO PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE DATE: 20 AUGUST 2014 ROLE, MANDATE AND ISSUES REQUIRING IMMEDIATE ATTENTION
PRESENTATION OUTLINE 4 2 1 5 6 3 • PERFORMANCE OVER THE YEARS/BUDGET ALLOCATION OBJECTS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE AGENCY ROLE AND MANDATE • KEY PROGRAMMES • ISSUES REQUIRING ATTENTION KEY PERFORMANCE AREAS (KPA’S)
ROLE AND MANDATE • NYDA derives its mandate from NYDA act no 54 of 2008. The Act provides primarily for the NYDA as a unitary structure, responsible for implementation of youth development programmes, including the mainstreaming of youth development activities by all stakeholders. • The NYDA plays a lead role in ensuring that all major stakeholder’s, i.e. Government, private sector and civil society, prioritise youth development and contribute towards identifying and implementing lasting solutions which address youth development challenges.
OBJECTS OF THE NYDA (SECTION 3 OF NYDA ACT) • Develop an Integrated Youth Development Plan and Strategy for South Africa • Develop guidelines for the implementation of an integrated national youth development policy and make recommendations to the President • Initiate, design, co-ordinate, evaluate and monitor all programmes aimed at integrating the youth into the economy and society in general • Guide efforts and facilitate economic participation and empowerment and achievement of education and training • Partner and assist organs of state, the private sector and non-governmental organisations and community based organisations on initiatives directed at attainment of employment and skills development
OBJECTS OF THE NYDA (SECTION 3 OF NYDA ACT) • Initiate programmes directed at poverty alleviation, urban and rural development and the combatting of crime, substance abuse and social decay amongst youth • Establish annual national priority programmes in respect of youth development • Promote a uniform approach by all organs of state, the private sector and non governmental organisations to matters relating to or involving youth development • Endeavour to promote the interest generally of the youth, particularly young people with disabilities
FUNCTIONS OF THE NYDA (SECTION 5 OF NYDA ACT) Establish competencies and capabilities in its operations including the following functional areas - Section 5.1(a): • National Youth Service and Social Cohesion • Economic Participation • Policy, Research and Development • Governance, Training and Development • Youth Advisory and Information Services • National Youth Fund
FUNCTIONS OF THE NYDA (SECTION 5 OF NYDA ACT) The Agency must, and within its available resources, amongst others (Section 5 (4): • Provide career guidance services • Provide access to information regarding products and services of the National Youth Fund • Create and administer databases of employment opportunities • Provide financial assistance to youths to enable them to further their careers • Provide financial assistance to small, micro and medium enterprises and cooperatives owned by youth • Provide mentoring services aimed at empowering youths in the economy • Provide bridging programmes for youths to facilitate the transition from school or training to the work environment
FUNCTIONS OF THE NYDA (SECTION 5 OF NYDA ACT) • Provide training regarding the concepts and principles of entrepreneurship and business to youths • Provide training relating to the personal development of youths • Provide training and guidance relating to the establishing and managing of businesses for youths • Provide training for unemployed youths to enhance their life and professional skills which would enable them to be integrated into the economy • Provide opportunities for training that will promote service to communities and the national at large • Provide any other services as may be necessary * The Presidency is currently reviewing the NYDA Act with a view to introducing amendments to the Act.
KEY PROGRAMMES • NYDA programmes will remain biased towards the following categories of youth when providing its limited products and services: • Unemployed youth; • Young women; • Youth in rural areas; • Youth living with disabilities; • School-aged-out-of-school youth; • Youth at risk; • Youth heading households; • Youth in conflict with the law; • Youth abusing dependency-creating narcotic based substances including alcohol.
KEY PROGRAMMES NYDA will focus particular attention to education, skills development and economic participation programmes. The Solomon MahlanguScholarshipFund • Launched by the President in March 2014 • Designed to encourage youth from disadvantaged communities to access further education opportunities and to excel in their area of academic strength • In partnership with the major universities in South Africa and with Dept.of Higher Education Grant Programme • Designed to stimulate entrepreneurship particularly amongst first time youth entrepreneurs • Couples financial and non-financial services including the grant, entrepreneurship training, mentoring and other business development support services • Grant is up to a maximum of R100, 000 subject to a detailed assessment
KEY PROGRAMMES Second Chance Matric Re-write Programme • Designed to provide a second chance at passing matric by providing academic and other support services • In the first year of implementation (2010/2011) the pass rate was at 47% • In the second year of implementation (2011/2012), the pass rate grew tremendously to 80% • In the third year of implementation (2012/2013) with almost a double intake of the number of students enrolled in the previous years the pass rate was 77% with a number of students passing with distinctions on enrolled subjects. YouthBuild Programme • Designed to integrate technical skills training, education, community service and leadership development • Young people learn critical artisanal related skills while building houses and other community assets • In partnership with the Dept. of Human Settlements, Local Government, Expanded Public Works Programme and FET’s
KEY PROGRAMMES National Youth Service Programme • Designed to provide young people with skills and service opportunities • Aimed at instilling patriotism and becoming active citizens • Need to re-invigorating NYS within government and civil society Research • Established the South African Youth Development Institute in partnership with the University of Johannesburg • Develop high quality, cutting edge information and knowledge relating to youth development • Better inform youth development programme planning and policy making
KEY ISSUES • High Salary Expenditure • Roots lie in incorporating staff from UYF and NYC (Section 197 of LRA) • Limiting future salary increases to inflation rate • Skills Audit underway • Restructuring of the organisation starts in September 2014 • Engage with DPSA on redundant staff • Resource Constraints • Youth expectations continually increase • Resource allocation has minimally increased over the past 5 years (below inflation) • Requested an additional R200m in MTEF submission to National Treasury • Solid business case for increased funding
KEY ISSUES • Access to Youth Development Information, Products and Services • Limited reach with 14 full service branches • Need to expand local youth offices with municipalities • NYDA provides training and technical support • Municipalities provide infrastructure and staffing • Uneven interest and performance to date – 217 local youth offices established with only 131 local youth offices operationalised • Matter was brought to attention of Standing Committee on Appropriations in 2013 • Assistance with operationalising local youth offices for expanded reach