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NDA’s poverty promises

Categories: HEADLINES, Government, Poverty
New agency board to tackle poverty head-on

In line with Government’s emphasis on poverty eradication and job creation, the National Development Agency (NDA) recently announced several key changes geared at improving its operations and improving service delivery in reducing poverty in South Africa.

"The primary role of the agency is to tackle poverty, which is the first of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and a national priority. With only four years remaining before 2015, we look forward to building and developing new relations over the coming years to achieve our objectives and to create a greater and lasting impact in the lives of communities that are affected by poverty," said Vuyelwa Nhlapo, NDA CEO.

Last year the Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini appointed Vuyelwa Nhlapo as the new chief executive officer. This was followed by the appointment of a new NDA Board which is a representative of government and civil society.

The new board is expected to advise the Minister on development-related issues and to enable the NDA to use its resources in the most productive and effective manner possible to meet its statutory responsibilities, with the ultimate aim of reducing and eliminating poverty in South Africa. Together, the members of the new board have a strong background in community development and good governance, and bring a wealth of experience and diverse skills to propel the agency in the right direction and to meet the expectations of government and the people of South Africa living in poverty.

That’s the promise contained in their statement.

Members of the new board, which is chaired by Malose Kekana, are: Thabi Shange (deputy chair), S B Khan, A Madella, M Malapane, R L Mdhlalose, M L Molema, M Monakali, M P Thabethe, S N G Tolashe, Rev M O Xundu and the NDA CEO, Vuyelwa Nhlapo. Matshepo Mobeng was appointed company secretary.

The new Board will serve for a period of three years.

"Tasked with a crucial mandate of contributing towards governments efforts to eradicate poverty, we had to make sure that the Board is reflective of what we want to achieve and the people we serve.  As we enter this new decade, the agency will tackle poverty head-on, doubling its efforts to ensure that our programmes make a difference in the lives of the ordinary people of our country.  I hope that with the arrival of the new CEO and the new board there will be long-term stability at leadership level so that the Agency can focus on its core mandate", said Minister Dlamini.

 The NDA is a public entity listed under schedule 3A of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and reports to Parliament through the Minister for Social Development. The agency’s primary mandate is to contribute towards the eradication of poverty and its causes, through granting funds to civil society organisations.

[4 March 2011]

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