History will judge our current leaders harshly
Regarding the article "NYDA wants budget more than doubled", published yesterday, I find it interesting that the entire article revolves around the cost of the agency's salaries.
There is no mention about what the National Youth Development Agency will deliver to the country for this money.
If the agency requires funding from the government, which is charged with disbursing taxpayers' money to the benefit of the population, they should develop a business case detailing what deliverables they are going to produce over the next year and how the money will be spent on each facet of these deliverables.
If South Africa is to grow sustainably at a rate that exceeds 6% a year, which is the GDP growth rate that we were made to understand is required to address unemployment, the government needs to ensure that money is only spent on those initiatives that meet the country's strategic needs.
If we all focus on the delivery of the country' s strategic needs and not on short-term gains, such as increased salaries and jobs for mates, at the end of the day there will be increased wealth for all.
Unfortunately, as most leaders are voted into position for a five-year term, they see this as their only opportunity for enrichment.
We need to start maturing as both a government and as a country and think over a longer term. What will the country think about this generation of leaders 50 years from now? I believe they will be seen as lazy, self-enriching individuals who did not have the ability to unite a nation and lead from the front.
The youth agency's demands are simply a symptom of a greater leadership problem facing the country.
When are we going to get inspiring and uniting leadership in South Africa?