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National Youth Development Agency Bill Heading for Parliament

April 11, 2022

Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

The Draft National Youth Development Agency Amendment Bill is heading for parliament.

The women, youth and persons with disabilities department published the draft bill’s explanatory summary in Government Gazette 46210.

The proposed legislation that sets out the objects of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) was published for comment in Gazette 44103 at the end of January 2021.

Cabinet approved the draft bill for public comment in November 2020.

According to the cabinet statement, the proposed amendments “enhance the operational effectiveness of the NYDA in expanding its reach and increasing responsiveness to young people’s needs”.

Cabinet added that the youth constitute nearly a third of South Africa’s population and implementation of the draft bill will further contribute towards building a highly skilled labour force and increase support for entrepreneurship.

“This will contribute towards addressing the triple developmental challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment.”

The draft bill aims to amend the National Youth Development Agency Act of 2008, so as to:

• insert new definitions;
• amend certain sections that provide for the administration of the Act by the Executive Authority;
• amend the provisions relating to the objects of the Agency;
• amend provisions relating to reporting by Agency;
• amend provisions relating to roles of organs of state in supporting the Agency;
• provide for additional board members;
• provide for extension of the term of office for board members;
• provide for establishment of the Agency at provincial and local levels; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

Proposed objects of the NYDA include initiating, designing and piloting youth development programmes; reporting to the executive authority on the implementation of annual youth development priorities; promoting the interests of the youth and contributing to the development of the National Youth Policy and an Integrated Youth Development Strategy.

The explanatory summary points out that the bill aims to strengthen the Agency’s operations; enhance governance; and promote visibility for access of the NYDAs products and services particularly for youths in rural areas unable to easily access NYDA services.

The proposed amendments also aim to clarify the political reporting lines of the NYDA and increase the size of the NYDA board from seven to ten members.

The bill will be tabled in parliament soon.