Here is a little riddle for Wonkie readers: What do you get when you give R69,000,000 (about US$10 Million) for an event to a National Youth Development Agency in a developing country? No doubt the positive, avid readers of Deepak Chopra and the like will be envisioning a week long event filled with happy energy and much celebration. They will likely see the youth of the world coming together to discuss the issues, bonding and networking with each other. Needless to say there would be meticulous organisation and a grande finale embracing the cultural diversity of such a global conference. Take a deep breath now as Wonkie brings you slowly back to reality.
What you’re significantly more likely to get is an event that represents an empirical view of complex chaos theory. Sadly, that probability did not fail. The World Festival of Youth and Students kicked off with a bang in South Africa this week with many local delegates left stranded at their hotels. A number of heavy-weight ministers including Tokyo Sexwale (Minister of Human Settlements), Lindiwe Sisulu (Minister of Defence), and Fikile Mbalula (Sports) did not arrive to the party to speak as scheduled. Of course, no youth event would have been complete without the attendance of Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who was unfortunately also a no-show.
Clearly, organised movement is not part of the strategy for the eight-day conference titled Let’s Defeat Imperialism. Perhaps the best way to defeat imperialism is through random acts of confusion so one can effectively utilise the element of surprise… nobody has quite been able to defeat it as yet so who knows? In the meantime, Wonkie wonders who will be doing the audit of the event management tender process for this debacle, and indeed if one will ever be done.
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