Cape Town – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a new National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) board after months of delays.
Ramaphosa, appointed Asanda Luwaca, Avela Mjajubana, Karabo Mohale, Lebo Mulaisi, Thulisa Ndlela, Pearl Pillay and Alexandria Procter, the presidency said in statement.
He designated African National Congress Youth League’s Luwaca as the chair, making her the first woman to lead the board.
Mohale will serve as deputy chairperson.
President @CyrilRamaphosa has appointed the new board of the National Youth Development Agency (@NYDARSA) in terms of Section 9 of the National Youth Development Agency Act 54 of 2008. https://t.co/qzYP4uM4LQ
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) November 10, 2021
“The new board of the National Youth Development Agency carries a great responsibility in the country’s drive to empower young people through skills development, employment, work experience and other opportunities.
“I see the NYDA as a vital partner in the implementation of the Presidential Youth Empowerment Intervention and ensuring that young people are prioritised as part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus.
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“The new board brings together a group of individuals with diverse expertise and experience in youth development. I have every confidence that they will ensure sound governance of the agency, and will dedicate themselves to the critical task of building a better future for the youth of South Africa,” Ramaphosa said.
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the minister in the presidency responsible for women, congratulated the newly-appointed board members, saying they needed to hit the ground running.
“The NYDA is a critical part of the South African youth development machinery dealing with issues facing the youth. We look forward to tapping into their individual and collective skills, passions and intellect to contribute to making our country better,” Nkoana-Mashabane said.
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Compiled by: Reginald Nhlapo