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24 February 2020 - NW58

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What suggestions were put forward by the Government at the 18th Summit of the Non – Aligned Movement in October to reform the International Criminal Court

Reply:

The 18th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) was held in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 25-26 October 2019 under the theme: “NAM Baku Summit: Upholding the Bandung Principles to ensure concerted and adequate response to the challenges of the contemporary world.”

The South African Government did not put forward suggestions at the 18th Summit of the NAM on the reform of the International Criminal Court (ICC). However, the NAM Heads of State and Government adopted the Baku Final Outcome Document of the 18th Summit of the NAM (NAM 2019/CoB/Doc.1) which included the Movement’s principled positions concerning international law, and in particular the mandate of the ICC as contained in the Rome Statute, as follows:

28.13. The Non-Aligned States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) shall continue to preserve the integrity of the Statute and ensure that the ICC remains impartial and fully independent of political organs of the UN, which should not instruct nor impede the functions of the ICC, bearing in mind the relevant provisions of the Rome Statute;

28.14. The Heads of State and Government expressed strong concern on the abuse of certain provisions of the Rome Statute by the Security Council, including its practice to purport to selectively limit the jurisdiction of the ICC when referring matters to the ICC and noted that the practice amounts to an abuse of the powers of the Security Council to refer matters to the ICC.

28.15. The Non-Aligned States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC recalled the Review Conference of the Rome Statute, which was held in Kampala, Uganda, from 31 May to 11 June 2010, at which States parties reaffirmed their commitment to the Rome Statute and adopted amendments to the Statute to define the crime of aggression and to establish conditions under which the Court could exercise jurisdiction with respect to that crime;

28.16. The Non-Aligned States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC continued to underscore the necessity of the independence of the ICC, in accordance with its judicial nature. They stated that the Security Council's responsibilities under the Charter of the UN should not limit the role of the Court as a judicial body. The Court should be empowered to pronounce on acts of aggression independently.

28.17. The Non-Aligned State Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC oppose all actions, in particular through the Security Council, aimed at establishing a process to grant immunity to the staff members of UN peacekeeping operations, which violate the relevant provisions of the Rome Statute of the ICC and damage the credibility and independence of the ICC.”

The Baku Final Outcome Document was adopted by all NAM member states including South Africa.

The South African Government’s participation at the 18th Summit of the NAM was guided by the theme, as well as its four strategic foreign policy pillars, namely:

  1. advancing national interest to attain domestic objectives;
  2. enhancing the African Agenda and promoting Africa’s sustainable development;
  3. influencing a reformed global multilateral architecture; and
  4. advancing the agenda of the South through strengthening South-South Cooperation and North-South Dialogue.

09 December 2019 - NW1522

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether her department entered into a rental agreement for a residence in Los Angeles in 2019; if so, why; (2) Whether the person residing in the residence is an employee of her department; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, in what capacity; (3) Does the specified official earn a salary and/or allowance; (4) What total number of days has the specified employee been at work this year?

Reply:

(1) The Department signed one residential lease agreement in 2019, for the accommodation of the Consul: Political. In the same period, the Department terminated one residential lease agreement prematurely, namely for the Head of Mission, following the termination of services.

(2) No employee resided in the Residence after 26 July 2019.

(3) No, the specified official is not earning a salary/allowance.

(4) 10 days.

06 December 2019 - NW1398

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Chetty, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperatives

Whether, with reference to the New York Project (NYPP) and the alleged contradicting reports by officials, she can indicate (a) if the agreement on the NYPP in any way entails an agreement between her department and a Gupta – subsidiary company, (b) what total amount has her department paid to date in respect of the project and (c) what will be the penalties if her department cancelled the agreement. NW2612E

Reply:

a) No, the agreement is between the Department and Simeka Group (Pty) Ltd and Regiments Capital (Pty) Ltd. The appointed companies incorporated a Special Purpose Vehicle in terms of the Companies Act, viz Lemascene (Pty) Ltd and the Department concluded a Project Preparation Agreement with Lemascene (Pty) Ltd

b) The amount paid spent USD 9 million (R 117 million).

c) The penalties are not yet determined as the matterr is before the courts, wherein Lemascene (Pty) Ltd filed summons against the Department on claiming that it has breached the agreement. In terms of the summons Lemascene seeks the following relief:

  • Specific performance - in that the Department be directed to honour its obligations in terms of the provisions contained in the Project Preparation Agreement and tender award; or
  • Payment of damages in the total amount of R598 606 379.82 plus interest thereon at a rate of 15,5% per annum for loss of profits and out of pocket costs.

05 December 2019 - NW1397

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Chetty, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether her department hosted an event in celebration of Africa Day on 12 May 2019; if not, why not; f so, (a) where was the specified event hosted, (b) why was the particular venue selected to host the event, (c) what was the total cost for hosting the event and (d) which African countries’ ambassadors and/ or Heads of State (i) were invited to attend and (ii) attended the event? NW2611E

Reply:

South Africa as a member of the African Union commemorates Africa Day annually, however this year, the Department was unable to host the Africa Day event as it coincided with the inauguration of President Cyril Ramaphosa on 25 May 2019.

03 December 2019 - NW1612

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether the Cabinet discussed the withdrawal of the Republic from the (a) Commonwealth and /or (b) International Criminal Court since 1 June 2019; if so, in each case, what are the (a) relevant details and (b) details of the outcome of the discussion?

Reply:

(A) Commonwealth

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation is not aware that Cabinet has discussed South Africa’s withdrawal from the Commonwealth. Since its return to the Commonwealth in 1994, South Africa has participated in summits, ministerial meetings and the governing bodies of the Commonwealth and worked closely with the Commonwealth Secretariat, contributing politically, financially, and in terms of capacity and expertise to the work of the Organisation. The work of the Commonwealth is in line with South Africa’s foreign policy commitments to human rights, democracy, good governance, justice and international law, peace, economic development, multilateralism, and promoting the African Agenda. For South Africa, the Commonwealth provides a platform to forge common approaches to these matters of global importance, and to promote trade, investment and the exchange of skills and knowledge between countries. In this regard, South Africa has worked together with fellow Commonwealth member countries to promote the value, relevance and effectiveness of the association.

(B) International Criminal Court

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation is not aware that Cabinet has discussed the withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) since 1 June 2019. This matter falls under the responsibility of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

26 November 2019 - NW1521

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether her department has organised a mid – term conference in Dubai; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) total number of mission’s will be attending and (b) is the total projected cost of the conference; (2) How have mid – term reviews in the Dubai region been handled historically?

Reply:

1. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation organised a mid – term review in Dubai, (a) thirty(30) missions attended the mid – term review in Dubai and (b) total projected cost for the review meeting is R 1, 566, 367.00

2. Mid – term reviews are conducted annually and are held in countries that are central and easily accessible for the region.

19 November 2019 - NW1470

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Cuthbert, Mr MJ to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

1) What is the Government ‘s position on the economic sanctions placed on Zimbabwe by the United States of America and the Europian Union; (2) Whether the Government supporst a human rights – based foreign policy; if not, why not; if so, (3) Whether the government stands in solidarity with Government of Zimbabwe, despite Zimbabwe’s alleged human rights abuses; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

  1. Our stance toward Zimbabwe’s economic sanctions is primarly guided by the position of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as well as the African Union (AU) position which calls for immediate lifting of the sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the United States of America and the European Union.
  2. South Africa’s foreign policy is premised on the observation and respect for human rights and this also guides our bilateral engagements.
  3. South Africa’s developmental aspirations and future are inextricably linked to that of the Southern African region, as such South Africa unequivocally stand in solidarity with all SADC member states including Zimbabwe. The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) remains the United Nation’s mandated body to promote and protect human rights globally, not unilateral state’s decisions.

 

 

06 November 2019 - NW1367

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Cachalia, Mr G K to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether her department did business with certain (a) persons , (b) companies and (c) trust( Tony Georgiades, David Ngobeni, Kojo Mills, Paul Ekon, Trevor Pikwane, Chistian Gouws, Eugene Clause Bezuidenhout, Gerhard Jo Van Niekerk, Casper Van Den Burg, Martyn John Churchouse,Lesiba Edmond Sekele, Florin Mircea Cozmuta, Cedric John Bredenkamp, Paul Anthony Mckay, Yi He, Maureen Ann Azvardel, David Rajah, Paul Staveley Howard, Frederick Johannes Wessels, Lawrence Delville Hood, Christopher David Thatcher, Gavin Treanor, Alan Menachemson, Richard Dan Hallam, Michael Casparis Maree, Lloyd Charles Jaffee, Andre Jeremias Esias Bezuidenhout, Mick davis, Eric Samson, Dr james Motlatsi (ii) Ria Tenda Trust, Linked Environmental Trust, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation Trust, Free State Diamond Mines, Adsani Exploration, Reva Trading, CTL Management and Personnel Services)) (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2019; if so , (aa) on what date(s) did her department do business with the specified persons, companies and trusts and (bb) what was the (aaa) nature and (bbb) monetary value of each business arrangement?

Reply:

(a) Persons

None

(b) Companies

None

(c) Trust

None

(i) The past five financial years

None

(ii) Since 1 April 2019

None

(aa) Dates, persons, companies and trusts

None

(bb) Nature

None

(bbb) Monetary value

Monetary value: R 0

04 November 2019 - NW558

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1) With regard to the matter between the South African Ambassador to the United Nations and employee that was fired a year ago, (a) on what grounds was the employee first dismissed and (b) was the dismissal within the jurisdiction of Switzerland or South Africa; (2) was the Ambassador ordered to reinstate the employee; if so, (a) by who and (b) on what basis; (3) has the reinstatement taken place; if not, when will the employee be reemployed? NW 1555E

Reply:

1(a) There were no grounds for dismissal

(b) South Africa, as the employing country

2(a) Yes, by the Director-General

(b) On the basis that the dismissal was found to be both procedurally and substantively unfair

3(a) Not yet

(b) The date of reemployment has not been finalised

29 October 2019 - NW557

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Is there still an embassy of Haiti in the Republic; if not, (a) why not and (b) on what date did it close; if so, what is the status of the embassy? NW 1554 E

Reply:

The Embassy of the Republic of Haiti in the Republic of South Africa is still registered on the Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s Accreditation database and no official communication has been received regarding the closure or intention to close the mission.

21 October 2019 - NW1098

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 559 on 5 September 2019, there has been any high – level conversation between her and / or the President of the Republic , Mr M C Ramaphosa, and their counterparts in Algeria about the matter?

Reply:

The matter did not necessitate any further discussion as the National Prosecuting Authority declined to prosecute.

In addition, the Ambassador concluded his term of duty, and has departed South Africa on 14 October 2019.

20 September 2019 - NW924

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What amount has the African Renaissance Fund (ARF) loaned to Cuba to date, (b) on what terms, including interest and duration, was the loan made, (c) what amount of the loan (i) has been repaid and (ii) is still outstanding in terms of ( aa) money still to be loaned to Cuba and (bb) monies still repaid by Cuba and (d) does the ARF allow for loan initiatives to be made to countries outside the African continent?

Reply:

a) The loan amount was R 63 628 818.

b) The interest was charged at 3% daily compounded monthly, the repayment duration and term was 1 year. following the expiry of the availability period for tranch A in four equal quarterly payments.

c) A loan has been repaid in full with interest R 64 994 855.03

  1. R 64 994 855.03
  2. Nothing is outstanding

(aa) A concurrence has been issued for a total amount of R140 million

(bb) Nothing, as the loan has been repaid with interest

(d) Yes.

16 September 2019 - NW783

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Msane, Ms TP to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)(a) What amount was spent on advertising by (i) her department and (ii) state owned entities reporting to her in the (aa) 2016 – 17, (bb) 2017 – 18 and (cc) 2018 – 19 financial years: (2) What amount of the total expenditure incurred by (a) her department and (b) state owned entities reporting to her went to (i) each specified black – owned media company and (ii) outdoor advertising in each specified financial year and (c) on outdoor advertising by her department and state – owned entities reporting to him went to each black – owned media company in each specified financial year?

Reply:

a) (i) Dirco

Total Amount = R 0

b) (ii) ARF

Total Amount = R 0

(aa) Financial year 2016-17

Total amount paid: R 0

(bb) Financial year 2017-18

Total amount paid: R 0

(cc) Financial year 2018-19

Total amount paid: R 0

05 September 2019 - NW619

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Msane, Ms TP to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What (a) total amount has (i) her department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to her spent on (aa) cleaning, (bb) security and (cc) gardening services in the (aaa) 2017-18 and (bbb) 2018-19 financial years, (b) amount was paid to each service provider to provide each specified service and (c) total amount was paid to each of the service providers?

Reply:

a) (i) Dirco

Total Amount = R 6 793 492.69

b) (ii) ARF

Total Amount = R 0

Financial year 2017-18

(aa) Cleaning

Total amount paid: R 2 701 441.87

(bb) Security, None

(cc) Gardening, None

(bbb) Financial year 2018-19

(a) Cleaning

Total amount paid: R 2 639 082.47

(b) Security

Total amount paid: R 1 334 226.85

(c) Gardening

Total amount paid: R 118 741.50

05 September 2019 - NW559

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1) whether she has been informed of CAS 25/3/2019 opened at the Brooklyn Police Station; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether her department has taken any measures against the ambassador regarding the charges; if not, what steps will be taken; if so, what are the relevant details? NW 1557E

Reply:

1. Honourable Berman, yes, I was informed of CAS 25/3/2019 opened at the Brooklyn Police Station.

A locally employed personnel at the Official Residence of the Ambassador of Algeria to South Africa alleged that she has been a victim of sexual assault perpetuated by the Ambassador, and as such CAS 25/3/2019 was subsequently opened at the Brooklyn Police Station. The National Prosecuting Authority informed the Department on 19 July 2019 that it “has declined to prosecute the case”.

2. Based on the decision by the National Prosecuting Authority, the Department has not taken any measures against the Ambassador regarding the charges.

03 September 2019 - NW578

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Msane, Ms TP to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1) Whether a certain person (Ms Daniel De Bruin ) was ever employed in her department as SA Consul General or in any other specified role; if so, on what date was the appointment made; (2) whether the specified person is still employed in that role; if not, on what date did she (a) stop being an employee and (b) receive her last pay check; (3) (a) what experience and qualifications did she have that qualified her for the job and (b) did she pass the necessary security clearance required for the job; (4) whether her department has at any time during her time in office received complaints regarding her behaviour towards staff or members of the public; if so what are the relevant details ; (5) whether her department has ever had to use government resources to defend the specified person in legal and/ or criminal matters; if so, (a) on what date, (b) where and (c) what amount of government money was used?NW1575E

Reply:

(1) Yes, appointed on 01 March 2015

(2)(a) 26 January 2019

(2)(b) 26 July 2019 but debt will be recovered from date of termination.

(3) (a) Ms De Bruin-Grady has the following qualifications: L.L.M. Studies, International Human Rights; Post-Graduate course in International Relations and International Diplomacy; Master of Law, International Human Rights Law. Relevant experience include the following: Commissioner - Cape Cod Human Rights Commission; ANC Lawyer’s Delegation; Participant in the Oxford University Foreign Service Program; and Patrice Lumumba Univeristy’s Head of ANC Women’s Section

(b) In terms of paragraph 4.1.3 of Chapter 5 of the Minimum Information Security Standards (MISS), Ms De Bruin is temporarily not eligible for any grade of security clearance as she had not been residing in South Africa for at least five (5) years

(4) Yes. A complaint was made by a member of staff alleging that Ms De Bruin-Grady had inter alia spoken to her in threatening terms, and that she

had been blocked from leaving an office. These allegation(s) were denied by Ms De Bruin- Grady. There were also other complaints about management of the

office and about actions that had been undertaken.

(5)Yes

(5)(a) October 2018 / November 2018 / January 2019

(5)(b) USA (Washington / Los Angeles)

(5)(c) R241 048.35

20 August 2019 - NW364

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Sharif, Ms NK to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What (a) number of official international trips is (i) she and (ii) her deputies planning to undertake in the 2019 – 22 medium term expenditure framework, (b) will the (i) destination, (ii) date, (iii) purpose and (iv) number of persons who will travel with the delegation be and (c) is the detailed breakdown of the expected cost of (i) flights, (ii) accommodation and (iii) any other expenses in each case? NW 1336E

Reply:

(a) The major responsibilities of the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation is managing South Africa’s relations with the International World. This includes bilateral relations with countries across the globe, also engaging in the various multi-lateral institutions that deal with issues ranging from Peace and Security, Human Rights, Environmental Protection, Nuclear Non -Proliferation and Trade and Development. This means that over the course of MTEF, the

(i) Ministry inclusive of the Minister and

(ii) two Deputy Ministers would need to undertake various trips, to deal with Issues emanating from the bilateral and multi-lateral environments.

Some of the trips are standard, for an example we know that on annual basis, the South African President supported by the Minister of International Relations would be expected to travel to the United Nations, for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).So of course these kinds of trips we can pencil in and plan for well in advance. However, many of the trips arise from specific required interventions in the arena. Therefore it is not possible to provide a detailed schedule of trips on the MTEF as required by this question.

What I can undertake is to ensure that there are no trips that are undertaken when they are not necessary or relevant. I can also undertake that we would ensure that delegation sizes are not larger than what is needed to conclude diplomatic engagements successfully. I can undertake to ensure to keep the Ministry’s and the Department’s travel within the budget outlined in the MTEF. This may be difficult as South Africa has been asked as to serve as the Chair of the African Union during the year 2020. This will require additional funds which are not provided for on the MTEF. The Department will engage with National Treasury on this matter urgently.

06 August 2019 - NW394

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1) Whether the Government signed bilateral agreements with the (a) United Arab Emirates and/ or (b) Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; if not, by what date will each agreement be signed; if so, on what date was each agreement signed; (2) whether each agreement has been ratified yet; if not, in each case, why not; if so, on what date was each agreement ratified? NW 1366E

Reply:

1. South Africa has signed twelve (12) bilateral agreements with the United Arab Emirates and eight (8) with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The areas of cooperation include economic, justice, tourism, defence, agriculture and energy collaboration.

According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s records, the already signed agreements with the two countries and the dates of signature, is herewith detailed below:

a) United Arab Emirates

Date signed/ adopted

Title of agreement

Entry into Force

17 May 1994

Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations

Entry into force:
19940517

18 November 1999

Defence Cooperation Agreement

Entry into force:
Not in force

3 February
2001

Agreement for Air Services between and beyond the Respective Territories

Entry into force:
20010827

24 September
2005

Bilateral Agreement on Economic, Trade and Technical Co-operation

Entry into force:
Not in force

25 April
2006

Memorandum of Understanding on Police Cooperation

Entry into force:
20060425

14 November
2011

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the United Arab Emirates on the Establishment of a Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation

Entry into force:
20120529

14 November 2011

Defence Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the United Arab Emirates

Entry into force:
20121009

14 November 2011

Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the United Arab Emirates on Political Consultations

Entry into force:
20111114

23 November
2015

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the United Arab Emirates for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income. Plus Protocol

Entry into force:
20161123

25 September
2018

Extradition Treaty between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the United Arab Emirates

Entry into force: Ratification process underway.

25 September
2018

Treaty between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the United Arab Emirates on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters

Entry into force: Ratification process underway.

25 September
2018

Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the United Arab Emirates on Cooperation in the Field of Social Development

Entry into force:
Not in force

b) Saudi Arabia

29 October 1994

Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations

Entry into force:
19941029

20 May 1999

Agreement on Economic, Trade, Investment and Technical Cooperation. Plus Protocol

20020522 (r)
Entry into force:
20020522

28 May
2000

Air Service Agreement

Entry into force:
Not in force

3 December
2006

Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operation in the Field of Higher Education

Entry into force:
Not in force

13 March
2007

Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Tax Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital

Entry into force:
20080501

25 February 2009

Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation

Entry into force:
Not in force

16 February 2014

Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Co-operation in the Field of Tourism

Entry into force:
20150415

27 March 2016

Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Republic of South Africa on Bilateral Political Consultations

Entry into force:
20160327

2. The majority of the agreements are of a technical nature and as such, according to the Article 231 (3) of the Constitution, “binds the Republic without approval by the National Assembly (NA) and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), but must be tabled in the NA and NCOP within a reasonable time.” In this regard, agreements only enter into force following their tabling in the NA and NCOP.

The responsibility for ensuring the ratification (if required) and tabling of the agreement rests with the relevant line function department and its Minister. Therefore, it would be incumbent of the relevant Minister to answer the question as to the ratification or tabling of such agreement.

The third column of the table above shows when the agreements were ratified.

02 August 2019 - NW279

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Sarupen, Mr AN to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What (a) total amount is budgeted for her private office for the 2019-20 financial year and (b) was the (i) remuneration, (ii) salary level,(iii) job title,(iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in her private office since 1 May 2019?

29 July 2019 - NW183

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(a) For what number of days was each ambassador at work in their respective embassies in the period from 1 January to the 30 June 2019 and (b) what are the full relevant details in this regard for the specified period of six months? NW 1141E

Reply:

The table below indicates Amabassadors according to regions, and number of days each Ambassador was at work.

A. Region: Global Governance and

Continental Agenda

Number Of Days At Work

1

118

2

110

3

120

4

85

B. Region: Americas & Europé

Number Of Days At Work

1

119

2

98

3

129

4

111

5

85

6

83

7

103

8

110

9

92

10

85

11

146

12

49

13

96

14

112

15

121

16

105

17

116

18

114

19

117

20

181

21

111

22

163

23

123

24

109

25

123

26

109

27

89

28

111

29

117

30

168

31

59

C. Region: Asia and Middle East

Number Of Days At Work

1

150

2

84

3

170

4

181

5

63

6

125

7

171

8

174

9

145

10

72

11

163

12

61

13

158

14

90

15

112

16

152

17

173

18

176

19

15

20

64

21

111

D. Region: Africa

Number Of Days At Work

1

162

2

81

3

146

4

23

5

155

s

124

7

174

22 July 2019 - NW220

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1) (a) On what date was the Chief Financial Officer of her department suspended and (b) on what grounds; (2) whether the specified person’s disciplinary process has been finalized; if not why not; if so, (a) on what date was the process finalized and (b) what are the details of the outcome? NW1179E

Reply:

(1)(a)The CFO was placed on precautionary suspension on the 20th June 2018.

(b) The grounds for the precautionary suspension was that further investigations needed to be conducted into allegations of impropriety against him.

(2)(a) The disciplinary process has been finalised and the outcome was communicated to the Department on 25th June 2019.

(b) The outcome was that the CFO was not found guilty on all charges levelled against him.

19 July 2019 - NW158

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What is the total (a) number of government employees in her department who are being paid whilst on undue and/or extended periods of sick leave and (b) cost to Government in each case? NW 1116E

Reply:

(a)

CASE NUMBER

SALARY LEVEL

AMOUNT

1

07

R45 725.99

2

13

R192 308.37

3

12

R427 075.43

4

10

R84 541.79

5

10

R191 611.69

6

10

R97 756.50

7

13

R127 216.33

8

10

R192 880.78 (R74 600.83 + R118 279.95)

(b) R1,359,116.88

 

19 July 2019 - NW160

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What is the total (a) number of government employees in her department who are being paid whilst on a suspension and (b) cost to Government in each case? NW 1118E

Reply:

a) Currently there are no officials in the Department who are on suspension.

b) None

 

16 July 2019 - NW103

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(a) At what stage is the process of the rationalisation of South African foreign mission with a view to reducing the number of such missions to save costs and (b) what is the projected saving to the State in the Medium – Term Expenditure Framework when the number of foreign missions are reduced? NW1060E

Reply:

a) Consultations on the rationalisation of South African foreign missions are ongoing.

b) Savings can only be determined once the process has been finalised.

16 July 2019 - NW120

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1) Whether any action will be taken against the South African Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark, Ms Z N Mandela, for tweeting messages contrary to the Government’s views on the weekend of 14 June 2019; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) Whether she will take any steps to ensure that the (a) specified person’s messages are retracted and (b) correct messages relating to the Government’s policies are conveyed to the residents and potential investors of the Kingdom of Denmark; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1080E

Reply:

1. No further action is planned beyond the public statements I previously made concerning this matter . I informed the Ambassador to articulate policies of South Africa and that she needs to adhere to the Social Media Guidelines of the Department.

2. (a) I and the Department have reiterated Government Policy on the land issue.

(b) Government Policy on the land issue has not changed, and is readily accessible to residents and investors in Denmark, and all other interested parties.

16 July 2019 - NW104

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether she has found that the statements via Twitter by the South African ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark, Ms Z N Mandela, were inconsistent with the Government’s policy and outlook with regard to the land; if not, on what grounds did she reprimand the ambassador; if so , what are the relevant details? NW1061E

Reply:

1. On the matter of land ownership changing the Ambassador did not make any comments that directly linked to Government policy.

2. The Ambassador made some statements in the tweet that could be construed as personal and that made negative references to individuals she exchanged tweets with. I therefore advised her to always communicate in a manner that is consistent with our expectations as representative of South Africa and to have regards to the Social Media Guidelines of the Department.

 

12 July 2019 - NW159

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(a) What is the total number of vacancies in her department and (b) by what date will the specified vacancies be filled.NW 1117E

Reply:

(a) Total number of vacancies: 200

(b) We have

Placed a halt on the filling of current vacancies due to inadequate resources.

09 July 2019 - NW94

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

Whether she will review or rescind the decision to downgrade the SA Mission to Israel to a Liaison Office in order to give priority to other diplomatic means and processes to resolve the Israeli — Palestine impasse; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The South African government remains seized with the modalities of downgrading the South African Embassy in Israel, and we will communicate further actions once we concluded our deliberations.The South African government remains seized with the modalities of downgrading the South African Embassy in Israel, and we will communicate further actions once we concluded our deliberations.

05 April 2019 - NW705

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Hoosen, Mr MH to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and (d) date on which each vehicle was purchased for use by (i) her and/or the former minister and (ii) her deputy ministers and/or former deputy ministers (aa) in the (aaa) 2016-17 and (bbb) 2017-18 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

In response to the question asked by the Honourable Member, my Department provided the following information:

2016/17:

A Mercedes Benz, C250 Avant-garde was purchased for the current Deputy Minister and its cost price was R506 060.58.

2017-2018:

A Mercedes Benz, E250 Avant-garde was purchased for the former Deputy Minister and its cost price was R771 570.99.

2018/19:

A Mercedes Benz, GLE 350 d – 2018 was purchased for the newly appointed Deputy Minister and its cost price was R 1 157 015.19.

During the past three financial years, no car was purchased for former Minister or the current Minister.

25 March 2019 - NW481

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperations

What measures is her department putting in place to ensure that persons from the diplomatic corps do not abuse diplomatic immunity in order to avoid the killing of persons in the Republic and in so doing undermine the sovereignty of the Republic as it were in the case of the alleged murder and attempted murder of Mr Patrick Karegeya and Mr Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa respectively?

Reply:

The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961 and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 read in conjunction with applicable local legislation, in South Africa's case the Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act, 2001 (Act 37 of 2001), are the definitive legal instruments that regulate the standing of Diplomats and Consular Agents globally.

Article 41.1 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961 and Article 55.1 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 state as follows: “Without prejudice to their privileges and immunities, it is the duty of all persons enjoying such privileges and immunities to respect the laws and regulations of the receiving State. They also have a duty not to interfere in the internal affairs of that State.”

In accordance with the stipulations of the Act, as well as the Vienna Conventions, having force of law in the Republic, no diplomatic immunity shall exempt a diplomatic or consular agent from the consequences of the commission of any crime in the Republic of South Africa.

I wish to point out that the case referred to by the Honourable Member does not belong in the category of persons who enjoy diplomatic immunity. Further enquiries into this matter should be referred to the Minister of Police and/or the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development.

22 March 2019 - NW651

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What is the total number of staff members who are employed in each (a) South African embassy and (b) consulate?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is attached.

11 March 2019 - NW228

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)Whether, given the breakdown of democratic processes, the ongoing human rights violations and the humanitarian aid blockade currently underway in Venezuela, the Government will continue its support for the disputed President of Venezuela, Mr Nicholas Maduro; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) what is the position of the Government regarding the ongoing human rights violations and the humanitarian aid blockade underway in Venezuela?

Reply:

(1) South Africa fully subscribes to the principles of international law embodied in the Charter of the United Nations, that is, equal rights and self-determination of peoples, sovereign equality and independence of all States, non-interference in the domestic affairs of States, prohibition of the threat or use of force and universal respect for, and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.

South Africa remains concerned at the attempt by outsiders to evade Venezuela’s constitutional legal mechanisms and electoral processes. South Africa believes that any political grievances or disputes inside Venezuela should be resolved in a peaceful manner through the proper mechanisms and processes provided for in the constitution of Venezuela and its electoral laws, without external influence. This is regarded by South Africa as a standard and indeed best practice in all democracies that subscribe to the Rule of Law. South Africa also calls on all parties in Venezuela to participate in a national dialogue process to ensure unity and reconciliation, and in furtherance of a political solution to the situation.

South Africa is firmly against any attempts at undue or unconstitutional change of government in Venezuela. The UN Security Council (UNSC) should never be an instrument that validates unconstitutional changes of any Government. Instead, the UNSC should promote avenues that create an environment conducive to dialogue and cooperation that would ease the challenges and hardships faced by the people of Venezuela.

(2) South Africa echoes the statements made by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres in Davos on 24 January 2019, where he urged for a de-escalation of tensions to prevent violence. South Africa further supports the Secretary-General’s call for the “urgent need for all relevant actors to commit to inclusive and credible political dialogue to address the protracted crisis in the country, with full respect for the rule of law and human rights”. South Africa is also concerned about the humanitarian situation in Venezuela and the resultant migration that has taken place and the influx of Venezuelan asylum seekers to neighbouring countries. South Africa calls on the international community, as well as the relevant UN bodies to work with the Venezuelan government and its neighbours to assist those in need.

South Africa fully subscribes to the Viena Convention’s commitments on the promotion and protection of human rights as adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna on 25 June 1993 and all international laws governing humanitarian action which needs to be independent of political, military or other objectives

11 March 2019 - NW229

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Hlengwa, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Since assuming office, (a) what number of official international trips has (i) she and (ii) her two Deputy Ministers undertaken with officials or staff of her office, (b) to which country or jurisdiction, (c) for what purpose and (d) what was the total cost of (i) air travel, (ii) accommodation and (iii) all other specified expenses of each trip?

Reply:

The details of international trips undertaken by my two Deputy Ministers and I are attached as Annexure A.

However, the information requested is currently being audited and as such the total cost of air travel, accommodation and other costs will be provided once the audit process is completed. The Honourable Member would appreciate that being an International Relations and Cooperation Department, international travel is a part of its core mandate and the verification process takes time. This is further compounded by the fact that all accommodation and land transport are arranged by various embassies across the world.

08 March 2019 - NW480

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)Whether her department has been kept informed of the investigation of the murder and attempted murder of Mr Patrick Karegeya and Mr Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa in Gauteng allegedly at the hands of the Rwandan government in clear violation of the Republic’s sovereignty and rule of law; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether her department is (a) aware of the individuals who were involved in the specified murder and attempted murder and (b) working on declaring the persons involved persona non grata in the event that they are diplomats; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) Yes, Honourable Member, we have been kept informed of the investigation on the death of Col Patrick Karegeya who was found dead in a hotel room at Michelangelo Towers in Sandton on 31 December 2013. The National Prosecuting Authority and the Hawks are handling the matter to the extent that the case was recently submitted to the magistrate for an inquest.

(2) The Honourable Member would recall that on 6 March 2014 following the attempted assassination of Gen. Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, our Government declared three Rwandan diplomats and one Burundian diplomat persona non grata and expelled them from South Africa, for illegal activities inconsistent with their diplomatic work which was in violation of Article 41 of the Vienna Convention and Article 9 of the Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act. Our Government took that decision based on evidence from our security agencies pointing to the involvement of these diplomats in illegal activities.

08 March 2019 - NW421

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Lekota, Mr M to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What reasons informed the recall of a certain person (name and details furnished)?

Reply:

Honourable Member, the official referred to in your question is amongst a number of officials from the Department of State Security whose expertise are required back home. The Minister of State Security requested me to release them and in the interests of our country, I acceded to her request.

06 March 2019 - NW262

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What number of (a) tender briefings were held in 2018 by (i) her department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to her and (b) the specified briefings were compulsory?

Reply:

In response to the Honourable Members’ question, my department advised as follows:

(a) (i) Eight (8) tender briefings were held in 2018 by the department.

(ii) One (1) tender briefing was held in 2018 for entity reporting to DIRCO.

(b) Eight (8) compulsory tender briefing were conducted in 2018.

01 March 2019 - NW346

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Bergman, Mr D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(a) On what date were the invitations to the 2019 Ubuntu Awards sent to the various foreign missions in the Republic, (b) why was the event cancelled and (c) was the cancellation communicated?

Reply:

(a) Honourable Member, I am not aware of any invitation issued or sent out for the Ubuntu Awards in 2019.

(b) Falls away.

(c) Falls away.

14 February 2019 - NW133

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Bucwa, Ms H to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 3797 on 21 December 2018, what was the total expenditure incurred by her department relating to the travel privileges contained in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook of former (a)(i) Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (b)(i) Deputy Ministers and (ii) their spouses, (c) Ministers’ widows or widowers and (d) Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018?

Reply:

Honourable Member, I am not aware of any provision in the 2007 Ministerial Handbook which caters for Departments to incur travel expenditure for former Ministers and their spouses, Deputy Ministers and their spouses, Ministers’ widows or widowers and Deputy Ministers’ widows or widowers. Travel privileges for former Members of Parliament are administered and paid for by Parliament.

14 February 2019 - NW60

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)Whether she has been informed that she has been implicated in testimony made under oath and in written documents by Mr Agrizzi at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to Inquire into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo; if so, were the allegations made by Mr Agrizzi in respect of her true; (2) whether she declared any financial or material gifts from Bosasa as required by the Executive Members’ Ethics Act, Act 82 of 1998; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) I wish to inform the Honourable Member that I was not implicated in a testimony made by Mr Agrizzi to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to Inquire into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. Mr Agrizzi stated during his testimony that he was told that I, among others, was a director of Dyambu Holdings.

The following media statement was issued on 17 January 2019 in response to Mr Agrizzi’s testimony:

“The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation noted with concern false statements made by the former Chief Operations Officer of Bosasa in his testimony before the State Capture Commission on Wednesday, 16 January 2019.

Mr Agrizzi stated that Minister Lindiwe Sisulu was a Director or shareholder of the company that gave birth to Bosasa, namely Dyambu Holdings. This is incorrect and false. 

The Ministry would like to refer Mr Agrizzi to the company registration documents of Dyambu Holdings and the BCCSA ruling of July 12, 2000 when the BCCSA corrected MNET and ruled that Carte Blanche broadcast an apology on the same matter, and the Parliamentary Hansard of February 1997, where Mr A J Leon apologised for falsely accusing her of being a Director of Dyambu Holdings. 

The Ministry calls on Mr Agrizzi to correct his statement in public and before the commission.”

(2) Not applicable.

14 December 2018 - NW3701

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What are the details of the Government’s policy position regarding the voting structures and powers of the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly?

Reply:

Honourable Member, South Africa's participation in multilateral institutions is guided by the country's foreign policy objectives based on its vision of "a better South Africa, a better Africa and a better world". Our foreign policy is informed by our constitutional values and principles, national values and interests and strategic considerations based on domestic and international imperatives.

Our participation is further aligned with an understanding of the nexus that exists between peace, security and sustainable development. Consequently, South Africa's approach and voting patterns in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the General Assembly (GA) resonates strongly with the African Union's (AUs) aspirational goals contained in the Agenda 2063 and its Ten (10) Year Implementation Plan of contributing to peace and security of "Silencing the Guns by the year 2020".

South Africa further upholds the principle that there could be no peace without development, thus the advancement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda Goals adopted by UN Heads of State and Government in New York in September 2015 is essential requirement to continental efforts towards advancing the achievement of the African Union Agenda 2063.

Additional information on voting structures and powers in the United Nations Security Council and United Nations General Assembly is provided below:

Voting structures and powers of the United Nations Security Council

  • Each member of the United Nations Security Council has one vote. There are two sets of decisions that are taken by voting, namely on procedural matters and non-procedural matters which the latter could be vetoed by the Permanent Five. The UNSC is the only organ of the United Nations which has been conferred with the power to take decisions with a binding force in line with the "Purposes and Principles of the United Nations" in discharging its duties of maintaining international peace and security.

Voting structures and powers of the General Assembly

The Government policy position regarding voting structures and powers of the United Nations General Assembly is guided by the following provisions of the United Nations General Assembly's Rules of Procedure, Rules 82 to 90 on Voting:

  • Each member of the General Assembly have one vote. Decisions of the General Assembly on important questions shall be made by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting, for instance in matters pertaining to international peace and security, the election of the non-permanent members of the Security Council, etc. On the other hand, decisions of the General Assembly on questions other than those considered important that requires a two­ thirds majority, shall be made by a simple majority of the members present and voting, i.e. affirmative and negative votes only; abstentions are considered as not voting.

14 December 2018 - NW3898

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether, with reference to the reply of the Minister of Public Service and Administration to question 141 for oral reply on 7 September 2018, her department and the entities reporting to her implemented the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council Resolution 3 of 2009 that all persons employed in the Public Service as Assistant Directors must have their salary level upgraded from level 9 to level 10, and that all Deputy Directors must have their salary level upgraded from level 11 to level 12; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Honourable Member, Clause 18.1 of PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2012 determines that; “clause 3.6.3.2 of PSCBC Resolution 3 of 2009 is hereby amended to allow employees whose posts are graded on salary levels 10 and 12; to be appointed and remunerated on salary levels 10 and 12 respectively”.

My department has informed me that it implemented Resolution 1 of 2012 and upgraded all employees serving in Assistant Director and Deputy Director posts in accordance with the grading system.

12 December 2018 - NW3264

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) entities reporting to her awarded any contracts and/or tenders to certain companies (names and details furnished) from 1 January 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if so, in each case (i) what service was provided, (ii) what was the (aa) value and (bb) length of the tender and/or contract, (iii) who approved the tender and/or contract and (iv) was the tender and/or contract in line with all National Treasury and departmental procurement guidelines?

Reply:

(a) & (b) I have been informed by my Department that the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and the African Renaissance Fund (ARF) have not awarded any contracts or tenders to the companies listed in the Honourable Member’s question. However, this will be investigated and should any new information emerge, the Honourable Member will be furnished with that information.

11 December 2018 - NW3448

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Majola, Mr F to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)(a) On what date did her department last conduct an audit of artwork owned by Government which is under her department’s curatorship and (b) what are the details of each artwork under the curatorship of her department according to the Generally Recognised Accounting Practice 103; (2) whether any artworks under her department’s curatorship have gone missing (a) in each of the past five financial years and (b) since 1 April 2018; if so, what are the relevant details? NW3937E

Reply:

(1) (a) My Department advised me that it conducts an audit of all Departmental assets (including artwork) every six months at Head Office as well as offices in Missions abroad. During the period December 2016 – September 2017 the Department launched and finalised a project to identify Heritage Artwork on its Asset Register.

(b) Details of Heritage Artwork on Asset Register, as per the chapter on Capital Assets contained in the National Treasury’s Modified Cash Standard are indicated below:

    • Artwork assessed worldwide: 2600 (125 missions and its offices in South Africa)
      • Heritage works of art identified: 191 heritage artwork: valued at R157, 388, 760
      • Heritage Immovable item: 1 Statue: Value of R1, 810, 816

(2) (a) & (b) My Department indicated to me that no artworks have gone missing.

11 December 2018 - NW1796

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(a) What number of official (i) domestic and (ii) international flights has she undertaken since her appointment to this position on 27 February 2018 and (b) what was the (i) destination, (ii) date, (iii) purpose, (iv)(aa) name and (bb) professional designation of every person travelling with the delegation and (v) detailed breakdown of cost of (aa) flights and (bb) accommodation and (cc) any other expenses in each case?

Reply:

I wish to remind the Honourable Member that the provision of names when responding to Parliamentary Questions is not permissible according to practise applicable to parliamentary questions and guidelines contained in the document titled, “Guide to Parliamentary Questions in the National Assembly”. The document referred to prohibits Members of Parliament, including the Executive, from divulging names of persons, bodies when asking or responding to parliamentary questions. It states the following:

Questions are to be framed as concisely as possible. All unnecessary adjectives, references and quotations are omitted. Names of persons, bodies and, for example, newspapers are only used in questions if the facts surrounding the case have been proven. As the mere mention of such names could be construed as publicity for or against them, it should be clear that this practice is highly undesirable. If a question will be unintelligible without mentioning such names, the Departments concerned are notified of the name (-s) and this phrase is used: ".......a certain person (name furnished)”

Further, at the end of each financial year, we table annual reports with audited financial statements containing the information requested by the Honourable Member.

11 December 2018 - NW3024

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)Which (a) embassies and (b) high commissions are (i) currently allowing and (ii) not allowing South Africans living abroad to register to vote; (2) when will she issue a directive to all (a) embassies and (b) high commissions making them aware that South Africans living abroad can register to vote at any time according to the amendment to the Electoral Act, Act 73 of 1998; (3) whether she will ensure that South Africans living abroad who apply or collect documentation at (a) embassies and (b) high commissions are made aware and encouraged to register while they are at the specified places; if not, why not; if so, when will this be done and (b) how will it be advertised?

Reply:

(1) Honourable Member, none of our Missions abroad are not allowing South Africans to register to vote. This could never be because it would be unlawful to do so. Arrangements are being made to facilitate the registration process. In this regard, an agreement is being concluded with the IEC which would outline how my Department and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will cooperate with each other to facilitate the registration and voting process for South Africans abroad.

(2) The IEC and my Department issued a communique on 7th December 2018 indicating that Voter registration for South African citizens living abroad will take place at all South African foreign missions from 1 to 4 February 2019.

(3) The IEC is the appointed institution to administer and oversee the 2019 General Elections, both in South Africa and abroad, and as such, is the responsible institution to encourage South Africans to register and vote, both in South Africa and abroad. The Missions and Embassies will be available to assist to the extent required by the IEC.

Every party registered for the election has its own vested interest to encourage South Africans living abroad to exercise their right and vote. I hope your party is also playing its part in rallying South Africans to register and vote.

11 December 2018 - NW3326

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Lesoma, Ms RMM to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What (a) were some of the key discussions that featured during the Indian Ocean Conference that took place from 27 to 28 August 2018 in Hanoi, Vietnam and (b) are the objectives and policy priorities of the South African chairmanship of the Indian Ocean Rim Association?

Reply:

(a) The third (3rd) Indian Ocean Conference took place in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam under the theme “Building Regional Architecture” from 27-28 August 2018. The event focused almost exclusively on the concept of the Indo-Pacific region, a new concept in international relations being espoused and advanced by the United States and India.

South Africa is encouraged by the focus that the Indian Ocean Region is receiving of late, with several international conferences highlighting the importance of the Indian Ocean Region as a leading region with the potential to contribute to global security, economic growth, and sustainable development.  South Africa’s view, as advanced at the conference in Vietnam, is that the future of the Indian Ocean Region must be centered on the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). South Africa views IORA as the pre-eminent regional organization linking Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australasia via the Indian Ocean, as encapsulated in our theme for our Chairship (2017-2019) of “IORA: Uniting the Peoples of Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Middle East through Enhanced Co-operation for Peace, Stability and Sustainable Development”.  This theme encompasses South Africa’s view that the Indian Ocean Region should be characterized as a region of peace, stability and development; and we view IORA as the primary regional organisation with which to pursue this ambitious goal. 

(b) Priorities for South Africa as Chair of IORA include the following:

  1. Realising Over-Arching consensus principles, i.e. commitment to sustainably advancing peace, stability and development by strengthening cooperation, partnership, and constructive dialogue to promote the welfare and livelihood for its people.
  2. Striving for Continuity of leadership;
  3. Strengthen the work programme of IORA;
  4. Consolidate IORA’s membership;
  5. Strengthen relations with IORA’s Dialogue Partners;
  6. Enhance partnership with international organisations;
  7. Support for the African Agenda;
  8. Strengthen IORA mechanisms;
  9. Improve the functional efficiency of the Chair; and
  10. Strengthening the capacity of the Secretariat

 

11 December 2018 - NW3702

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What is the total amount that the country pays to each international organisation of which it is a member?

Reply:

Membership of an international organisation means that while joining the body and enjoying the privileges and advantages of membership, this also comes with a financial obligation for the state joining. South Africa is a member of a number of international organisations. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation is responsible for administering South Africa’s relations with the principal mainstream multilateral and regional organisations, these being the United Nations, the African Union, the Southern African Development Community and the Commonwealth. The figures reflected below indicate the assessed membership contributions payable by South Africa for 2018. Other national departments are responsible for their membership payments for membership of international specialised agencies, funds and programmes (technical organisations). In this regard, specific questions should be directed to the respective departments.

 

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL ORGANISATION

ASSESSMENT AMOUNT IN FOREIGN CURRENCY

1.a.

United Nations (this includes assessments for the Regular Budget, Peacekeeping and criminal tribunals)

USD 13,053,515

1.b.

UN Development Programme (Government Local Office Costs)

USD 506,448

2.a.

African Union Membership

USD 30, 310, 983

2.b

New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)

USD 500,000

2.c

African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)

USD 200,000

2.d.

African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE)

USD 162,492

3.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC)

USD 8,456,000

4.

The Commonwealth

GBP 442, 138

03 December 2018 - NW3703

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Mashabela, Ms N to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What (a) number of (i) embassies (ii) high commissions and (iii) consulates does the Government have, (b) is the (i) location of (ii) staff contingent of and (iii) latest annual budget for each embassy, high commission and consulate?

Reply:

The information requested by the Honourable Member is provided in my reply to question 875. The reply referred to is attached for ease of reference.

 

19 November 2018 - NW3666

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Rabotapi, Mr MW to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What (a) amount did (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her borrow from any entity in the People’s Republic of China (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2018, (b) is the name of the lender of each loan, (c) conditions are attached to each loan and (d) are the repayment periods for each loan in each case?

Reply:

(a) (i) My Department has advised me that it did not receive any loan from any entity in the People’s Republic of China in the past three financial years.

(ii) None

(b) Falls away.

(c) Falls away.

(d) Falls away.

19 November 2018 - NW3236

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Rabotapi, Mr MW to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What (a) amount did (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her borrow from any entity in the People’s Republic of China (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2018, (b) is the name of the lender of each loan, (c) conditions are attached to each loan and (d) are the repayment periods for each loan in each case?

Reply:

(a) (i) My Department has advised me that it did not receive any loan from any entity in the People’s Republic of China in the past three financial years.

(ii) None

(b) Falls away.

(c) Falls away.

(d) Falls away.