R2,6M RDP House: NYDA Vindicated, Sedibeng Municipality Admits Error

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The Sedibeng District Municipality (SDM) on Friday apologised to the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) for giving the Gauteng Legislature wrong information suggesting the agency spent R2.6 million on one RDP house.

Responding to the NYDA ultimatum to correct the error within 24 hours or face litigation, the SDM said it “apologises unreservedly to NYDA for the unfortunate and false statement”.

The erroneous information led the Democratic Alliance (DA) to complain that the NYDA had wasted a large sum of money on an Evaton West RDP house, in Ekurhuleni.

Kingsol Chabalala, DA Member of the Provincial Legislature and Emfuleni North constituency head, said Thursday the NYDA wasted “over R2.6 million of taxpayers’ money building one RDP house in Evaton”.

Chabalala added: “While millions of Gauteng youth are struggling to access sustainable job opportunities and to access funding for their start-up businesses, the NYDA has wasted over R2.6 million building one RDP house in Evaton West.

“This wasted money could have been used to fund about 25 youth businesses with each being given R100 000 funding.”

However, the NYDA refuted the claims, saying it had only spent R550 000 on tools and stipends for 20 students as part of a three-month construction skills partnership with the SDM.

On Friday, the SDM confirmed the NYDA stance on the matter.

The SDM said it “acknowledges an administrative error that occurred in the answering of Gauteng Legislature question, of which has henceforth been corrected and forwarded to Gauteng Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs”.

“We (SDM), therefore confirm that the National Youth Development Agency as a custodian of youth development in the country as set out in the NYDA Act 54 of 2008, had partnered with the district municipality on youth development and workplace training programme in construction for three (3) months catering for 20 young people amounting to R550 000.00 towards amongst others personal and protective equipment (PPEs), stipends and tools of trade.”

The SDM said it had approved a partnership with Conloy (Pty) Ltd on 15 December 2020 for youth development in the region, and therefore for building a house in Evaton West.