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Clock ticking for Parliamentarians to select NYDA board members

Parliament started the selection process in November but since then there have been several delays.

FILE: Trained youth facilitator Muzi Nkosi with Yershen Pillay who is the NYDA Executive Chairperson. Picture: NYDA.

CAPE TOWN - Parliamentarians are racing against time to deal with the appointment of seven people to serve on the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)'s board.

An ad-hoc committee, tasked with shortlisting and interviewing candidates, was supposed to report back to the National Assembly next week Tuesday, but MPs have requested an extension until 8 April.

The agency, which has a R409 million budget received its first ever clean audit last year, a drastic improvement after squandering millions on a controversial youth festival in 2011.

Parliament kicked off the selection process in November by advertising the vacancies, but since then there have been several delays.

Democratic Alliance MP Sej Motau says the clock is ticking.

"The urgency is realised and we have made this point and we had a portfolio committee meeting last week and this week Wednesday when this matter came up."

The agency's outgoing chairperson Yershen Pillay leaves office next Friday confident the board has turned the organisation around.

"We have succeeded in cleaning up the NYDA; getting our first ever clean audit, in stabilising the NYDA and positioning it for further growth."

Pillay has accepted a nomination from the Young Communist League to serve a second term. He says he is humbled by the nomination, but it will be up to MPs to decide whether to keep him on.

Board members are appointed by the President on recommendation by Parliament.