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NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION ANNUAL REPORT 2006 / 2007 JOINT MONITORING COMMITTEE ON THE STATUS OF YOUTH, CHILD AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES. PRESENTATION OUTLINE A. POLICY; PROGRAMMES AND COMMUNICATION INITIATIVES 1. Development of the National Youth Development Policy
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NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION ANNUAL REPORT 2006 / 2007 JOINT MONITORING COMMITTEE ON THE STATUS OF YOUTH, CHILD AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
PRESENTATION OUTLINE A. POLICY; PROGRAMMES AND COMMUNICATION INITIATIVES 1. Development of the National Youth Development Policy 2. Implementation of Principles and Guidelines 3. Promote Uniformity of Approach and Maintain Close Liaison with Similar Bodies / Co-ordination 4. Improve NYC Image and Strengthen Relations with Stakeholders 5. Key Programmes 6. Provincial Youth Commissions B. FINANCIAL REPORTING
1.1 YOUTH POLICY REVIEW Objective of youth policy: Providing country approach on integrated sustainable youth development, outlining targeted approaches on essential developmental areas for the country’s youth. • National youth policy review convention – Integrated Youth Development Strategy developed and submitted to Cabinet • NYP Base Document - Research on previous youth development interventions, challenges that continue to persist amongst the youth and further interventions that could be undertaken to better enhance the status of the youth • April 2007, Draft 1 National Youth Policy Produced
Policy Cont……… Forums Consulted in period under review: • Youth Policy Reference Group – Research and Youth Development experts • Youth Organisations – Youth Convention and Stakeholder Forums • Social Cluster • Youth Researchers workshop Draft Policy currently being reviewed as per submissions received from government and other stakeholders with intention of submitting to govt early in 2008. NYC also in process of developing an implementation plan to this policy and setting up M&E tools within the institution to assist with tracking implementation of policy in the country
1.2 LEGISLATION MONITORING • Appointment of Parliamentary Officer : May 2006 • Submissions made to following parliamentary processes: Review of Equality Act; Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Bill; Youth Unemployment Hearings • Assisted in Co-ordination of National Youth Parliament 2006 • Currently strengthening the Parliamentary Office to enhance the lobbying and advocacy role of the NYC
2.1 KEY RESEARCH WORK AND IMPACT 2.1.1. Audit Report: The Establishment of Youth Directorates by Govt Depts • Purpose of youth directorates to assist in guiding implementation of National Youth Policy within departments • Cabinet Pronouncement on the establishment of Youth Directorates in all Depts (get actual date of pronouncement) • Poor Compliance From Depts; only 5 Depts have established youth directorates (Land Affairs; DPLG; Public Works; Science and Technology and Social Development)
2.1.2 Local Government Research: Institutionalisation of Youth Development at Local Govt Level • Purpose: assess the extent of the establishment of local youth units at municipalities • Less than 50% municipalities have established local youth units • Inadequate Political will for the establishment of Local Youth Units • Insufficient Implementation of Youth Development Programmes at municipal level • Since publishing of document, extensive strides to enhance the institutionalisation of youth development at local level have been undertaken, greater expansion on the local programme of the NYC to be undertaken later in the presentation 2.1.3 Research Collaborations • In conjunction with Youth Desk in Presidency, we had collaborations with HSRC • State of Youth Development in the Country
3 PROMOTE UNIFORMITY OF APPROACH AND MAINTAIN CLOSE LIAISON WITH SIMILAR BODIES / CO-ORDINATION
3.1 NATIONAL GOVERMENT INTER-DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH AFFAIRS • Co-ordinating tool of youth development activities within government • Invitations distributed to all Government Departments Challenge: Poor attendance by departments and assignment of junior officials and interns with no decision making capabilities within departments to attend these meetings. Justice and Security Cluster: Lobbied and advocated for representation and participation in Central Drug Authority Participating and chairing the steering committee of the Ke Moja Campaign Social Cluster • Represented in Social Cluster activities • Making inputs on government programmes and policies presented at cluster level ensuring that cluster implements programmes sensitive to challenges faced by youth • Key outputs: Cluster POA outlining the need for the strategic location of youth development resulting in direct accountability by DG on delivery NYS prioritisation and massification- set targets NYS announced in SoNA 2007
3.2Provincial and Municipal Co-ordination: • Youth Commission Chairpersons Forum, promoting uniformity of approach for all youth commissions in all 9 provinces, co-ordination of projects being rolled out across all 9 provinces • Local Government Reference Committee; comprised of experts on local government operations, advising NYC on local government strategy for youth development in the country. NYC lobbying for implementation of strategy in municipalities across the country. 3.3Chapter 9 and related Institutions: Initiated relations with Chapter 9 institutions and working on establishing partnerships. Long standing partnership with IEC in promoting civic participation of youth.
3.4 Social Partners: Signed MOU’s with several partners. Aim: foster working relations on common projects such as Capacity Building, Youth Health, and NYS. Current Partners:Love Life; Highbury Safika; Productivity SA and Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) 3.5. Youth Organisations –Largely targeted in outreach programmes of NYC outlined later on in presentation 3.6.International Relations: • Strategy on International Strategy developed • Participation in various international platforms including: • Youth Summit in Algiers-engagements with MDGs • Addis Convention (adoption of African Youth Charter) • Zimbabwe-formation of SADC Youth Steering Committee (NYC Chaiperson-the Convener) • Washington-Study Tour on NYS (Benchmarking)
4. IMPROVE NYC IMAGE AND STRENGTHEN RELATIONS WITH STAKEHOLDERS
4.1. Outreach Campaigns in the reporting year • Provincial Policy Summits • Celebrated the 30th anniversary of June 16 Youth Rally • Published a book called Our Youth for Life-documented the trajectory of Youth Development for the past 30 years • Had an NYS expo- more depts came on board to upscale projects to NYS • A social dialogue with various organisations at Hector Peterson Hall-(Youth reflected on Youth Dev achievements thus far) • Youth in Construction and Property Summit • Youth State of the Environment Report (Imvelo Yethu) • Youth and ISAD provincial consultative summits • Participate in Izimbizo’s and Parliamentary Outreach Programmes • Youth Information Guide • Youth Line • Batsha News Letter
5.1. NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE (NYS) • Implementation of programme conducted through NYSU located at UYF • Role of NYC - lobby and advocate for up scaling of NYS programmes in the country; monitor implementation and drive the Communications strategy for NYS • Establishment of the IMC and NSC & PSC to ensure co-ordination • Capacity building for PYCs • Housing Project (pilots) – viz: Diepsloot, Bela – Bela and Moses Kotane led to the roll out being implemented in the current financial year • NYS Expo during youth month • Key Achievements: NYS Volunteers Campaign with 11 000 registered youth
5.2. LOCAL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMME • Research Study on Institutionalisation of youth Development at Local government developed in partnership with Flemish government • Hosted 2nd National Local Government Conference • Resolutions; development of local government strategy for youth development at local level and formulation of reference committee to advise and oversee the implementation of the strategy • Capacity Building Program • 16 Young people participated in the capacity building program to Belgium • Participants expected to impart knowledge learnt in their local youth work
5.3. YOUTH ENTERPRISE STRATEGY • Promoting youth owned and managed enterprises • Provide structure for sectors involved in youth enterprise promotion • UYF overseeing implementation of strategy 5.4. YOUTH ENTERPRISE CAMPAIGN 2010 • Partnership btw NYC, UYF, NAFCOC Youth, SAYCC and CAYC. • Lobby and advocate for a conducive environment and opportunities for youth-owned enterprises within the context of 2010 Soccer World cup Key achievements • A steering committee has been established • Youth entrepreneur programme • Road shows in Limpopo, Free State and Western Cape in period under review
Provincial Reports • Establishment of Provincial Youth Commissions all Provinces ( Gauteng). • Improve on communication btw PYC’s and key stakeholders • IDC meetings convened at Provincial Level but similar challenges to that of national IDC • Successful hosting of 30th anniversary of June 16 in all provinces. • Roll out of NYS in all provinces through lobbying by PYC’s and close monitoring of these projects • Enhanced research capacity and updated data released
PYC REPORT CONT…. • Improved coordination of development oriented programmes aimed at enhancing youth economic participation • The period recorded extensive support by the PYC on the establishment of the Local Youth Units in a number of Municipalities
FINANCIAL REPORT • REVENUE = R21,043,055 • ACTUAL EXPENSES = R22,382974 GOING CONCERN • As stated in the financial statements, management is in the process of establishing potential savings from it’s allocated budget for the 2007/08 year to try and ensure that the entity continues as a going concern
IRREGULAR EXPENDITURE INCURRED • R4,069,576: as a result non-adhrence to comptative bidding processes. FRUITLESS EXPENDITURE INCURRED • R680,571: as a result of a settlement with a service provider. Disciplinary proceedings will be taken against the implicated officials.
CORRECTIVE MEASURES • Forensic audit recommendations – seeking legal advice in order to implement recommendations • Risk management strategy and being developed; Fraud prevention strategy developed and being implemented. • Director:Corporate Services has been appointed this week • Risk Management strategy has been developed • Fraud Prevention Policy developed • Review of the NYC structure, in particular Corporate Services to avoid problems of collusion etc • Reviewing the internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance and that effective controls are put in place.