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National Youth Development Agency Bill Tabled

June 13, 2022

Parliament

The National Youth Development Agency Amendment Bill has been tabled in parliament.

The women, youth and persons with disabilities department published the bill’s explanatory summary in Government Gazette 46210 in April 2022.

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

  • insert new definitions;
  • amend the provisions relating to the objects of the Agency;
  • amend the functions of the Agency;
  • amend provisions relating to reporting by the Agency;
  • provide for organs of state to assist the Agency;
  • provide for the governance responsibilities of the Board;
  • provide for additional Board members;
  • provide that a Board member may not be reappointed for more than two consecutive terms;
  • provide that Board members must submit their financial disclosures;
  • amend matters pertaining to the meetings of the Board;
  • amend the funding of the Agency;
  • authorise the Minister to make regulations; 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 portfolio committee on women, youth and persons with disabilities will process the bill.