27 November 2017 - NW3356
Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Sport and Recreation
Whether (a) he or (b) his Deputy Minister made use of a chartered private jet during the period 1 January 2013 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, what (i) were the reasons for using a chartered private jet, (ii) was the travel route in each case and (iii) did the use of the jet cost the department in each case?
(a) Yes. On 29 August 2017 to 02 September 2017 the Minister travelled to the Cape Verde Islands at the invitation of the South African Football Association (SAFA).
(i) and (ii) The purpose of the trip was to accompany the senior men’s national soccer team (Bafana Bafana), as the team was to play in a crucial FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiying match against Cape Verde.
(iii) The traveling costs for the Minister were borne by SAFA.
(b) No. The Deputy Minister has not made use of a chartered private jet during the period in question.