NYDA gets acting chief executive
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.