This week on Khetha #25

Radio Stations: SABC Radio Stations
National Youth development Agencies (NYDA)
Script Written  by: 
Thembani Mabasa
Programme Date: 24-27 June 2019
Target Audience: 
Youth (Learners, NEET youth and Graduates)

Script Notes:

  • The programme is entitled: National Youth development Agencies (NYDA)
  • This script will be translated to other official languages and broadcast on 10Broadcasting Services (PBS) radio stations.
  • The programme is characterised by the radio presenter and a guest from the Department of Higher Education and Training.
  • The radio presenter is the main anchor of the programme and he/she will control the activities on the programme.


The objectives of this programme are to:

  • Inform listeners about National Youth development Agencies (NYDA) services
  • Create awareness on entrepreneurial support services at NYDA

The entire programme runs for 30 minutes; which includes Public Services announcements (PSAs).

Opening Billboard: ‘This programme is brought to you by the Department of Higher Education and Training in partnership with SABC Education.’

Programme Introduction

Presenter:Good day and a warm welcome to all our listeners. It is time for another exciting episode of Khetha, brought to you by the Department of Higher Education and Training in partnership with SABC Education. Today we are talking about the National Youth development Agencies, better known as the NYDA. We are joined in the studio by our guest speaker from the Department, ********who will clarify the services of the NYDA. It’s good to have you on the show ********.

Guest: Good evening ******** and a warm welcome to all our listeners. Thank you for having me on the show.

Presenter: Please explain to us, what is NYDA?

Guest: The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) is a South African-based agency established primarily to tackle challenges that the nation’s youth are faced with. The NYDA was established by an Act of parliament, Act no. 54 of 2008.

It was established to address youth development issues at National, Provincial and Local Government level. South Africa has a large population of youth, those between the ages 14 - 35 represent 42% of the total population and they bear the socio-economic challenges faced by the nation in terms of poverty, inequality and joblessness, as well as poor health. The NYDA plays a leading role in identifying and implementing lasting solutions which address youth development challenges.

The NYDA designs and implements programmes aimed at improving the lives and opportunities available to youth. These programmes could be clustered as follows:

At an individual level (Micro level), the NYDA provides direct services to youth in the form of information-provision, career guidance services, mentorship, skills development and training, entrepreneurial development and support, health awareness programmes and involvement in sport.

At a Community level (Meso Level), the NYDA encourages young people to be catalysts for change in their communities through involvement in community development activities, social cohesion activities, national youth service programmes and dialogues.

At a Provincial and National level (Macro Level), through its policy development, partnerships and research programmes, the NYDA facilitates the participation of youth in developing key policy inputs which shape the socio-economic landscape of South Africa.

Presenter: Why are we talking about NYDA today?

Guest: June is Youth Month. The focus for this month is on youth development and we must give our youth the relevant information. The youth needs information that will empower them to actively participate in the economy and to be active citizens. They should know the services and institutions that are accessible in their localities. NYDA offers a range of services which can help the youth to take charge of their own lives and careers. We aim to encourage young people who are interested in starting or have existing businesses to use NYDA services to realise their business ideas/plans.

Presenter: Why is it important that young people start their own business?

Guest: Young people are faced with poverty, inequality, joblessness and poor health. One way of dealing with the challenges is economic empowerment. It is important that they use their skills to create business opportunities for themselves to fight these socio-economic challenges.

Young people are creative and energetic. They are skilled and some have also completed their studies/training at universities and TVET colleges. If they are assisted, they can start and grow successful businesses. NYDA offers financial and non –financial support to young people who have or are planning to start small businesses.

Presenter: Please clarify to our listeners, what kinds of services are offered at NYDA?

Guest: The NYDA offers a number of Services including the following:

  1. Education and Skills Development

NYDA aims to promote access to quality education and skills, to both in and out-of-school youth through targeted interventions. The NYDA will place 22,830 learners in education opportunities over a period of 5 years; these will include young people who want to re-write their matric (21, 978) and those who need bursaries to continue with their higher education studies (852).

  1. Health and Wellbeing

To increase awareness on healthy lifestyles that promote good health practices amongst the youth of South Africa, including the dangers of substance abuse, unprotected sex, nutrition, sexually transmitted diseases and the impact of HIV Infection and Aids among young people in South Africa.

  1. NYDA Grant Programme

The objective of the Grant Programme is to provide young entrepreneurs an opportunity to access both the financial and non-financial business development support to establish their survivalist businesses. The programme focusses on youth entrepreneurs who are just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential but not yet fully developed.

Just under 600 South African youth owned enterprises will benefit from the grant programme starting from R1000 to R100 000, while thousands more youth will access the non-financial business support services. Young people interested in accessing the grant programme will have to commit to participate in the NYDA mentorship and voucher programme for a minimum of 2 years.

Presenter: You mentioned the NYDA Grant Programme, who can benefit from the grant programme?

Guest: The NYDA grant is for an individual or a group of young people wanting to start or grow their existing small business:

  1. Individuals

Formal and informal businesses grantswill be issued to individuals who are at the promising andstart- up phaseof theirdevelopment ordevelopment stage.

  1. Co-operatives

Co-operatives are autonomous associations of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic and social needs and aspirations through a jointly owned democratically controlled enterprise organized and operated on co-operative principles.


  1. Community Development Facilitation Projects

The NYDA will also facilitate a process of community development through identifying projects that will be funded through NYDA funds and/or funds sourced from partners. 

Presenter: What types of non-financial business support services are offered?


• Mentorship;

• The Voucher Programme;

• Market Linkages;

• Entrepreneurship Development Programme;

• Youth Cooperative Development Programme; and

• And other business support services.

All successful applicants for NYDA grants are required to actively participate in NYDA development support services such as mentorship, entrepreneurship development programme, market linkages, skills programmes etc. for two years.

Presenter: Which types of businesses will be considered for the NYDA Grant programme?

Guest:ThetypesofbusinessesthatwillbeassistedthroughtheGrantProgrammeincludebutarenotlimited to:

-      Motor mechanics/panel beaters, 

-      Electricians, 

-      Plumbers, 

-      Domesticappliance repair services, 

-   Beauticians,

-      Hair dressers,

-      Cleaning companies, 

-   Smallscalerecyclingcompanies,

-   Streetvendors,

-      Carwashesandothers.

The grant can be utilised for working capital, asset finance and stock purchases.

Presenter:What are the criteria to receive the NYDA grant?

Guest:The qualifying criteria includes:

  • The applicant must have attained the age of eighteen (18) years at the time of application;
  • Require the grant for business start-up or growth;
  • Are youth (18-35 years) with necessary skills, experience or; with the potential skill appropriate for the enterprise that they conduct or intend to conduct;
  • Are South African citizens and are residents within the borders of South Africa;
  • Are involved in the day-to-day operation and management of the business;
  • Require grant from NYDA of no less than R1, 000.00 and not more than R100, 000.00:
Threshold 1 Survivalist business R1,000 - R10,000
Threshold 2 Start Up R10,001 - R50,000
Threshold 3 Growth R50,001 - R100,000
  • Operate either informally or formally; generally recognised as micro enterprises (e.g. street traders, vendors, emerging enterprises);
  • Have a profit motive and are commercially viable and sustainable;
  • Members of entities should comprise 100% South African youth citizen;
  • Businesses are operating within the borders of South Africa;
  • An individual entity must have bank account and or a young person must be assisted to open an account;
  • Cooperatives must have or be willing to form a group of five people minimum; and
  • Upon approval of grant, if applicant is employed full time, he/she may be required to resign from employment and provide the grant officer with proof of resignation.

Presenter: What are the age restrictions?

Guest: The NYDA targets young people between the ages of 18 – 35 years. Those who are above the age of 35 or are looking for funding above the R100, 000 thresholds can be referred to the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) or to the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA) for suitable assistance.

Presenter: How can listeners access the grant programme?

Guest:Contact the call centre on 0800 52 52 52 or visit your nearest NYDA branch. NYDA has branches in all provinces and you can contact the provincial offices for information on the nearest branch.

Presenter: Any closing remarks from the Department of Higher Education and Training?

Guest: NYDA offers entrepreneurial assistance to qualifying young people. All interested candidates are encouraged to contact their local NYDA branch for information and application for grants and other services. Young people should use every opportunity presented to empower themselves. This will help them in fighting poverty, inequality and joblessness, and poor health.

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