Nasty sur­prises

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

THE IN­TER­VIEWS for the Na­tional Youth De­vel­op­ment Agency (NYDA) board got un­der way in Par­lia­ment this week. This is an in­sti­tu­tion charged with as­sist­ing young peo­ple to find their feet in the world of en­trepreneur­ship and busi­ness, and in so­lu­tion­driven en­ter­prises that change the lives of their com­mu­ni­ties.

Bad credit rat­ings and crim­i­nal records stand in the way of some of the can­di­dates. One owed a mere R473 to Vo­da­com.

In many ways, this is the story of many of our black youth. Debt is a bur­den for many of them, but even more con­cern­ing is that some are not even aware of the judg­ments against their names un­til they have to find jobs.

To lose an op­por­tu­nity be­cause you owe R473 is un­for­tu­nate, to say the least. But it tells us that the youth must check their credit records to make sure they don’t have nasty sur­prises wait­ing for them when they get op­por­tu­ni­ties to change their lives and to con­trib­ute to their com­mu­ni­ties.

We won­der how many of them are de­nied op­por­tu­ni­ties be­cause they owe mea­gre amounts to cell­phone com­pa­nies and re­tail­ers.

It’s a sad story.

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