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.