Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Sifiso Mtsweni.

SIFISO Mtsweni is set to return as the chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Board.

Mtsweni is one of the seven shortlisted candidates to fill vacancies on the NYDA Board following the expiry of the term of the previous Board in May.

The interviews were conducted by the Joint Sub-Committee of the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities and the Select Committee of Health and Social Services.

Other shortlisted candidates include Karabo Mohale, Thuthukile Zuma, Lukhona Mnguni, Avela Mjajubana, Paballo Ponoane and Molaoli Sekake.

The names would be sent to President Cyril Ramaphosa for approval.

Under Mtsweni, a thousand one hundred and three (1103) youth-owned enterprises were supported through the NYDA Grant Programme, which shows an increase from a set target of eight hundred and forty (840) due to additional funding received from the Jobs Fund. 

The NYDA also received  five clean audits – and achieved 100% annual performance targets, and zero unauthorised and wasteful expenditure.

“Achieving the 5th successive clean audit shows continued clean governance and a high-performance culture within the agency. Our Board of Directors committed to maintain this outlook unabated ensuring that all the resources are utilised for products and services aimed at improving the lives of young people” said Mtsweni in August last year during the announcement.

Mtsweni has also overseen the opening of 19 new offices across the country.

The NYDA offices offers services such as helping with bursary applications, employment opportunities, entrepreneurship and other skills development programmes free of charge. 

In April, the NYDA launched the Youth Micro Enterprises Relief Fund (YMERF) to aid youth-owned SMMEs which may not qualify for other funds.

The grant was capped at R10 000 per recipient and, according to the NYDA, R4 848 715.78 has been paid out to 768 enterprises.

The fund had a R6-million budget and received over 5,200 applications.

(COMPILED BY INSIDE POLITICS STAFF)

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