NYDA gets act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive

The Mercury - - NEWS - Noni Mokati

THE Na­tional Youth De­vel­op­ment Agency board has ap­pointed an act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive un­til it can per­ma­nently fill the po­si­tion.

This comes af­ter its chief ex­ec­u­tive Kathu Ra­mukumba re­cently ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion.

Ra­mukumba’s de­par­ture from the agency comes barely six months af­ter Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma ap­pointed the seven-mem­ber board, made up of for­mer chair­per­son Yer­shen Pil­lay, Bavelile Hlongwa, Kho­motjo Maimela, Ndu­miso Mokako, Ken­neth Moro­long and Zandile Ma­jozi.

Ac­cord­ing to the board’s cur­rent chair­per­son Sfiso Mtsweni, the process to find a per­ma­nent re­place­ment for Ra­mukumba is un­der way.

Speak­ing at a press brief­ing at the NYDA’s head of­fice yes­ter­day, Mtsweni an­nounced that the agency’s cur­rent chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer, Waseem Car­rim, would hold the reins as act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive.

“The ap­point­ment of Mr Car­rim is in line with our ob­jec­tive of en­sur­ing sta­bil­ity in this tran­si­tional pe­riod.

“Mr Car­rim is with the or­gan­i­sa­tion for a few years, serv­ing as a se­nior man­ager in fi­nance and sub­se­quently as chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer,” he said.

He thanked Ra­mukumba, who was with the NYDA for the past six-and-a-half years, for his tire­less and self­less con­tri­bu­tion to­wards youth de­vel­op­ment, adding that un­der his lead­er­ship the agency had gone from strength to strength.

Ra­mukumba’s de­par­ture comes shortly af­ter the or­gan­i­sa­tion an­nounced its clean au­dit.

Mtsweni said their im­pec­ca­ble au­dits were as a re­sult of Ra­mukumba’s ex­cep­tional gov­er­nance and fi­nan­cial man­age­ment.

Ra­mukumba said he was leav­ing to pur­sue busi­ness in­ter­ests.

Asked why he was leav­ing now, es­pe­cially af­ter the board had urged him to ex­tend his term, Ra­mukumba replied that a good op­por­tu­nity had pre­sented it­self.

Mean­while, Car­rim, who was pre­vi­ously with au­dit firm KPMG be­fore join­ing the NYDA as a se­nior fi­nan­cial man­ager and later CFO, said the board had main­tained that young peo­ple must have ac­cess to the NYDA.

While the NYDA has in the past been mired in con­tro­versy – in­clud­ing a trip by board mem­bers to Chicago this year – Mtsweni, an ANC Youth League na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber, said the NYDA pro­moted youth de­vel­op­ment and helped young emerg­ing en­trepreneurs.

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