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19 September 2018 - NW2360

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

Have there been any businesspersons on the foreign delegations who have visited the country on diplomatic visits since 1 January 2018; if so, (a) what are the names of the businesspersons and (b) which foreign delegation did each businessperson accompany?

Reply:

There has not been any businessperson who accompanied me abroad as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.

19 September 2018 - NW2682

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

(a) What (i) number of international organisation is the Government a member of, (ii) are the names of the other countries who are members of the specified organisation and (iii) is the purpose of each organisation and (b) on what date did South Africa join each organisation?

Reply:

South Africa is a member of the principal multilateral bodies at the global, regional and sub-regional level. These are, the United Nations, the African Union and the Southern African Development Community and the Southern African Customs Union.

(a)(i) South Africa is represented in 40 international organisations and structures.

The balance of the question is addressed in each specified organisation listed.

The United Nations

(a)(ii) There are currently 193 member states of the United Nations. These are;

Afghanistan

Albania

 Algeria

Andorra

Angola

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bhutan

Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

Brunei Darussalam

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cabo Verde

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Central African Republic

Chad

Chile

China

Colombia

Comoros

Congo

Costa Rica

Côte d'Ivoire

Croatia

Cuba

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Denmark

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Estonia

Eswatini

Ethiopia

Fiji

Finland

France

Gabon

Gambia (Republic of The)

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Grenada

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kiribati

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Latvia

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Malta

Marshall Islands

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mexico

Micronesia (Federated States of)

Monaco

Mongolia

Montenegro

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar

Namibia

Nauru

Nepal

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

Norway

Oman

Pakistan

Palau

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Qatar

Republic of Korea

Republic of Moldova

Russian Federation

Rwanda

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Samoa

San Marino

Sao Tome and Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Sudan

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Suriname

Sweden

Switzerland

Syrian Arab Republic

Tajikistan

Thailand

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Timor-Leste

Togo

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

United Republic of Tanzania

United States of America

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

Viet Nam

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

(a)(iii) Purpose of the United Nations.

The UN Charter describes the Purposes of the United Nations as:

1. To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;

2. To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace;

3. To achieve international cooperation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; and

4. To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.

(b) South Africa was one of the 51 founding members of the United Nations and joined the organisation on 7 November 1945.

The African Union

(a)(ii) The African Union has 55 sovereign states that have ratified or acceded to the Constitutive Act of the African Union to become member states to the African Union (AU). The members are;

Algeria

Angola

Benin

Botswana

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cabo Verde

Cameroon

Central African Republic

Chad

Comoros

Congo

Côte d'Ivoire

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Djibouti

Egypt

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Eswatini (Swaziland)

Ethiopia

Gabon

Gambia (Republic of The)

Ghana

Guinea

Guinea Bissau

Kenya

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Madagascar

Malawi

Mali

Mauritania

Mauritius

Morocco

Mozambique

Namibia

Niger

Nigeria

Rwanda

Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (not a member of the United Nations)

Sao Tome and Principe

Senegal

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Somalia

South Sudan

Sudan

Togo

Tunisia

Uganda

United Republic of Tanzania

Zambia

Zimbabwe

(a)(iii) Purpose of the African Union.

The main stated purpose of the AU is to;

  • To achieve greater unity and solidarity between the African countries and Africans.
  • To defend the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of its Member States.
  • To accelerate the political and social-economic integration of the continent.
  • To promote and defend African common positions on issues of interest to the continent and its peoples.
  • To encourage international cooperation, taking due account of the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • To promote peace, security, and stability on the continent.
  • To promote democratic principles and institutions, popular participation and good governance.
  • To promote and protect human and peoples' rights in accordance with the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights and other relevant human rights instruments.
  • To establish the necessary conditions which enable the continent to play its rightful role in the global economy and in international negotiations.
  • To promote sustainable development at the economic, social and cultural levels as well as the integration of African economies.
  • To promote co-operation in all fields of human activity to raise the living standards of African peoples.
  • To coordinate and harmonize the policies between the existing and future Regional Economic Communities for the gradual attainment of the objectives of the Union.
  • To advance the development of the continent by promoting research in all fields, in particular in science and technology.
  • To work with relevant international partners in the eradication of preventable diseases and the promotion of good health on the continent.

(b) South Africa joined the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 6 June 1994, and became a member of the African Union at its launch in Durban on 9 July 2002.

Southern African Development Community (SADC)

(a)(ii) The Southern African Development Community currently has 16 members. These are;

Angola

Botswana

Comoros

Democratic Republic of Congo

Lesotho

Madagascar

Malawi

Mauritius

Mozambique

Namibia

Seychelles

Eswatini

United Republic of Tanzania

Zambia

Zimbabwe

(a)(iii) Purpose of SADC.

To promote sustainable and equitable economic growth and socio-economic development that will ensure poverty alleviation with the ultimate objective of its eradication, enhance the standard and quality of life of the people of Southern Africa and support the socially disadvantaged through regional integration.

(b) The Republic of South Africa acceded to the SADC Treaty on 29 August 1994

Southern African Customs Union (SACU)

(a)(ii) The Southern African Customs Union has 5 members. These are;

Botswana

Eswatini

Lesotho

Namibia

(a)(iii) The purpose of SACU.

To serve as an engine for regional integration and development, industrial and economic diversification, the expansion of intra-regional trade and investment, and global competitiveness.

(b) The Union of South Africa joined SACU on 29 June 1910.

United Nations Specialised Agencies

South Africa is also a member of the following United Nations Specialised Agencies. It should be noted that while South Africa is a member of these agencies, the specialised technical nature of the work undertaken by these bodies is dealt with by respective line function departments in South Africa. Individual member countries of the various institutions will not be listed individually, but the information is freely available on the web pages of the respective bodies.

(a)(ii) There are currently 16 specialised agencies. These are;

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

(a)(ii) The current membership of the FAO is 195 countries.

(a)(iii) Purpose of the FAO.

The FAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN), which leads international efforts to eliminate hunger with the objective of achieving food security and nutrition for all, and to ensure that people have regular access to food and nutrition. The FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide and has established their Sub-Regional office in Johannesburg, South Africa.

(b) South Africa joined the FAO on 16 October 1945.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

(a)(ii) There are 192 ICAO members, consisting of 191 of the 193 UN members (all but Dominica, Liechtenstein), plus the Cook Islands.

(a)(iii) Purpose of the ICAO

ICAO's primary role is to provide a set of standards which will help regulate aviation across the world. It classifies the principles and techniques of international air navigation, as well as the planning and development of international air transport to ensure safety and security

(b) South Africa became a member of the ICAO in 1947, having ratified the Chicago Convention of 1944, on 1 March 1947.

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

(a)(ii) There are currently 176 members of IFAD.

(a)(iii) Purpose of IFAD.

The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialised agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries. It was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference.

(b) South Africa became a member of IFAD on 14 February 1997.

International Labour Organization (ILO)

(a)(ii) The ILO currently has 187 member states, all of which are members of the United Nations.

(a)(iii) Purpose of the ILO.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognised human and labour rights, pursuing its founding mission that social justice is essential to universal and lasting peace. The ILO is the only tripartite U.N. agency that brings together governments, employers and workers representatives of 187 member States, to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men. Today, the ILO's Decent Work agenda helps advance the economic and working conditions that give all workers, employers and governments a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress.

(b) South Africa was re-admitted as a member of the ILO on 26 May 1994. This followed a period of 30 years of isolation from international labour forums after the country withdrew from the ILO in 1964 as a result of political pressure.

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

(a)(ii) As of 2018, there are 173 member states of the IMO, which includes 172 of the UN member states plus the Cook Islands.

(a)(iii) Purpose of the IMO.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a permanent international body devoted to improving safety at sea. The purposes of IMO are “to provide machinery for cooperation among Governments in the field of governmental regulation and practices relating to technical matters of all kinds affecting shipping engaged in international trade; to encourage and facilitate the general adoption of the highest practicable standards in   matters concerning maritime safety, efficiency of navigation and prevention and control of marine pollution from ships”. The Organization is also empowered to deal with administrative and legal matters related to these purposes.

(b) South Africa became a full member of the IMO in February 1995 after having observer status from 1948.

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

(a)(ii) The IMF currently has 189 member countries.

(a)(iii) Purpose of the IMF.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.

(b) South Africa joined the IMF on 27 December 1945.

International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

(a)(ii) An organization based on public-private partnership since its inception, ITU currently has a membership of 193 countries and almost 800 private-sector entities and academic institutions.

(a)(iii) Purpose of the ITU.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is an agency of the United Nations (UN) whose purpose is to coordinate telecommunication operations and services throughout the world. Originally founded in 1865, as the International Telegraph Union, the ITU is the oldest existing international organization. ITU headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.

(b) South Africa joined the ITU on 1 January 1910.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

(a)(ii) There are 193 member states in UNESCO, including that of Palestine.

(a)(iii) Purpose of UNESCO.

UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. The Organization focuses, in particular, on two global priorities: Africa and Gender equality.

(b) South Africa joined UNESCO on 12 December 1994.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

(a)(ii) The IAEA has 170 member states.

(a)(iii) Purpose of the IAEA.

The IAEA seeks to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world. It ensures that assistance provided by it or at its request or under its supervision or control is not used in such a way as to further any military purpose. The IAEA has two regional offices in Toronto and Tokyo, and two liaison offices in New York City and Geneva. The IAEA runs laboratories specialized in nuclear technology in Austria and Monaco.

(b) South Africa is a founding member of the IAEA which was established in 1957.

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

(a)(ii) UNIDO currently has 168 member states.

(a)(iii) Purpose of UNIDO.

The mission of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States.

(b) South Africa joined UNIDO on 24 October 2000.

Universal Postal Union (UPU)

(a)(ii) The UPU has 192 member countries.

(a)(iii) Purpose of the UPU.

The Universal Postal Union (UPU), established by the Treaty of Bern of 1874, is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that coordinates postal policies among member nations, in addition to the worldwide postal system. Purpose of the UPU.

(b) South Africa joined the UPU on 22 August 1994.

World Bank

(a)(ii) The World Bank has 189 members.

(a)(iii) Purpose of the World Bank (IBRD)

The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to countries of the world for capital projects. It comprises two institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and the International Development Association (IDA). The organizations that make up the World Bank Group are owned by the governments of member nations, which have the ultimate decision-making power within the organizations on all matters, including policy, financial or membership issues. Member countries govern the World Bank Group through the Boards of Governors and the Boards of Executive Directors. These bodies make all major decisions for the organizations. To become a member of the Bank, under the IBRD Articles of Agreement, a country must first join the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Membership in IDA, IFC and MIGA are conditional on membership in IBRD.

(b) South Africa joined the World Bank on 27 December 1945.

World Health Organization (WHO)

(a)(ii) The WHO has 194 member states, most of which are UN members with the exception of the Cook Islands and Niue.

(a)(iii) What is the purpose of the WHO.

WHO's main functions can be described as to act as a directing and coordinating authority on international health work, to ensure valid and productive technical cooperation, and to promote research. The objective of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health

(b) South Africa was a founding member of the WHO in 1947.

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

(a)(ii) There are 191 member states and territories in the WMO>

(a)(iii) Purpose of the WMO.

WMO provides world leadership and expertise in international cooperation in the delivery and use of high-quality, authoritative weather, climate, hydrological and related environmental services by its Members, for the improvement of the well-being of societies of all nations

(b) South Africa joined the WMO after its establishment on 23 March 1950.

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

(a)(ii) The UNWTO currently has 158 member states, all of which are members of the United Nations.

(a)(iii) Purpose of the UNWTO.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide. The UNWTO Regional Commission for Africa (CAF) seeks to leverage tourism as a catalyst for economic development on the African continent.

(b) South Africa joined the United Nations World Tourism Organisation in 1994.

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

(a)(ii) The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is one of the 16 specialized agencies of the United Nations. WIPO currently has 191 member states.

(a)(iii) Purpose of the WIPO.

WIPO promotes the protection of intellectual property throughout the world through cooperation among states and, where appropriate, in conjunction with other international organizations. Amongst other things, WIPO encourages the conclusion of new international treaties and the modernization of national legislation; gives technical assistance to developing countries; assembles and disseminates information; assists in obtaining protection of inventions, marks and industrial designs for which protection in several countries is desired; and promotes administrative cooperation among member states.

(b) South Africa became a member of WIPO on 23 March 1975.

Treaty Bodies

South Africa is also a member of a range of United Nations human rights treaty Bodies. These are;

  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

(a)(ii) The ICCPR has 167 state parties.

(a)(iii) The ICCPR’s purpose is that, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ideal of free human beings enjoying civil and political freedom and freedom from fear and want can only be achieved if conditions are created whereby everyone may enjoy his civil and political rights, as well as his economic, social and cultural rights, and to promote universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and freedoms.

  1. South Africa ratified the ICCPR on 10 December 1998, and the Optional Protocol (on abolishing the death penalty) on 28 August 2002.
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)

(a)(ii) The ICESCR has 160 state parties.

(a)(iii) The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) together with its sister Covenant, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and the Universal Declaration, form the International Bill of Human Rights. The ICESCR was adopted by the General Assembly on 16 December 1966. The Covenant reflects the commitments adopted after World War II to promote social progress and better standards of life, reaffirming faith in human rights and employing the international machinery to that end. Since the ICESCR is an international human rights treaty, it creates legally binding international obligations to those States that have agreed to be bound by the standards contained in it.

  1. South Africa ratified the ICESCR on 12 January 2015.
  • Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

(a)(ii) The CERD has 175 state parties.

(a)(iii) Parties to the ICERD condemn racial discrimination’ and commit ‘to the elimination of racial discrimination in all its forms.’ States promise to guarantee the right of everyone, without distinction as to race, colour, or national or ethnic origin, to equality before the law.

(b) South Africa ratified the CERD on 10 December 1998.

  • Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

(a)(ii) The CEDAW has 187 state parties.

(a)(iii) The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women.  Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. The Convention defines discrimination against women as "...any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field."

(b) South Africa ratified the CEDAW on 15 December 1995.

  • Convention against Torture (CAT)

(a)(ii) The CAT has 153 state parties.

(a)(iii) United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT) is an international human rights treaty that aims to prevent torture and other acts of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment around the world. The Convention requires states to take effective measures to prevent torture in any territory under their jurisdiction, and forbids states to transport people to any country where there is reason to believe they will be tortured.

(b) South Africa ratified the CAT on 10 December 1998.

  • Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

(a)(ii) The CRC has 193 state parties.

(a)(iii) The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children. The Convention defines a child as any human being under the age of eighteen, unless the age of majority is attained earlier under national legislation. Nations that ratify this convention are bound to it by international law. Compliance is monitored by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which is composed of members from countries around the world. Once a year, the Committee submits a report to the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, which also hears a statement from the CRC Chair, and the Assembly adopts a Resolution on the Rights of the Child.

(b) South Africa ratified the CRC on 16 June 1995.

  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

(a)(ii) The CRPD has 129 state parties.

(a)(iii) The CRPD Convention is intended as a human rights instrument with an explicit, social development dimension. It adopts a broad categorization of persons with disabilities and reaffirms that all persons with all types of disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. It clarifies and qualifies how all categories of rights apply to persons with disabilities and identifies areas where adaptations have to be made for persons with disabilities to effectively exercise their rights and areas where their rights have been violated, and where protection of rights must be reinforced.

(b) South Africa ratified the CRPD on 30 November 2007.

Other international bodies, treaties and structures

(a)(ii) The Commonwealth

The Commonwealth consists of 53 members including: 19 African members, 7 Asian members, 13 members from the Caribbean and the Americas, 3 members from Europe and 11 members from the Pacific. Membership include countries amongst the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, and were those that had historical linkages with the United Kingdom. More recently, newer members, like Rwanda, have no such historical linkage, but see benefit in the association. Thirty-one (31) members are classified as small states.

Africa

Asia

Caribbean

Europe

Pacific

(a)(iii) The Commonwealth supports member countries to achieve development, democracy and peace and provides a voice for small and vulnerable states and acts as a champion for young people.

The Organisation helps to strengthen governance, build inclusive institutions and promote justice and human rights. Its work includes, growing economies, boosting trade, empowering young people, and addressing threats such as climate change, debt and inequality.

The Commonwealth also provides training and technical assistance and support decision-makers to draw up legislation and deliver policies. It deploys experts and observers who offer impartial advice and solutions to national problems and also provides systems, software and research for managing resources.

(b) South Africa re-joined the Commonwealth in 1994.

World Trade Organisation

(a)(ii) The WTO has 164 members, and 23 observers.

(a)(iii) Purpose of the WTO.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the international organization that oversees trade among member nations and acts as a forum for governments to negotiate trade agreements and settle trade disputes under a system of rules and procedures. Its aim is to increase world trade by lowering barriers to the international sale of goods and services, including intellectual property. The WTO was formed on January 1, 1995, replacing the postwar multilateral trading order under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) with a more formal institutional arrangement. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

The WTO, as the only global international organisation dealing with the rules of trade between states, convenes its topmost decision-making body, the Ministerial Conference, every two years as mandated by the Marrakesh Agreement establishing the WTO. The WTO provides the multilateral framework of rules governing international trade relations, an essential mechanism for preventing and resolving trade disputes, and a forum for addressing trade related issues that affect all WTO members. The Ministerial Conference is empowered to take decisions on all matters under any of the multilateral trade agreements.

(b) South Africa was a member of the GATT and participated in the Uruguay Round of negotiations. The country ratified the Marrakesh Agreement in December 1994 and thus became a founding member of the WTO when the Organisation was established.

International Union for the Protection of new Varieties of Plants (UPOV)

(a)(ii) The UPOV currently has 75 members.

(a)(iii) Purpose of the UPOV.

The purposes of the UPOV Convention are to oblige member states of the Union to recognise and secure to breeders of new plant varieties an industrial property right (plant breeder's right), to harmonise such rights and to encourage cooperation between member states in their administration of such rights.

(b) South Africa joined the UPOV on 6 November 1977.

International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

(a)(ii) The IOM currently has 172 members.

(a)(iii) Purpose of the IOM.

As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to:

  • Assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management.
  • Advance understanding of migration issues.
  • Encourage social and economic development through migration.
  • Uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.

(b) South Africa joined the IOM on 22 October 1997.

Antarctic Treaty System

(a)(ii) The total number of Parties to the Treaty is 53.

(a)(iii). Purpose of the Antarctic Treaty System.

The Antarctic Treaty was signed in Washington on 1 December 1959 by the twelve countries whose scientists had been active in and around Antarctica during the International Geophysical Year (IGY) of 1957-58. It entered into force in 1961. Some important provisions of the Treaty are:

Antarctica shall be used for peaceful purposes only (Art. I)

Freedom of scientific investigation in Antarctica and cooperation toward that end … shall continue (Art. II).

Scientific observations and results from Antarctica shall be exchanged and made freely available (Art. III).

(b) The Treaty was signed on 1 December 1959 and entered into force on 12 June 1961.

The Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV)

(a)(ii) The OIV has 46 member states.

(a)(iii) Purpose of the OIV.

The OIV is an intergovernmental organisation of a scientific and technical nature of recognised competence for its works concerning vines, wine, wine-based beverages, table grapes, raisins and other vine-based products.

(b) South Africa joined the OIV when it went into effect on 1 January 2004.

International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)

(a)(ii) The ISO has 162 members.

(a)(iii) Purpose of the ISO.

The ISO is a world-wide federation of national standards bodies. The aim of the ISO is to promote the development of standardisation and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating the international exchange of goods and services and to develop cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity. The scope of the ISO covers standardisation in all fields except electrical and electronic engineering standards, which are the responsibility of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The ISO brings together the interests of producers, users, governments and the scientific community in preparation for International Standards.

(b) South Africa joined the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 1946 as one of 25 founding members.

World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

(a)(ii) The OIE currently has 182 members.

(a)(iii) Purpose of the OIE

The need to fight animal diseases at global level led to the creation of the Office International des Epizooties through the international Agreement signed on January 25th 1924. In May 2003 the Office became the World Organisation for Animal Health but kept its historical acronym OIE. The OIE is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide.

(b) South Africa joined the OIE on 7 November 1945.

Bureau of International Expositions (BIE)

(a)(ii) The BIE currently has 170 members.

(a)(iii) The purpose of the BIE.

The BIE is the Intergovernmental Organisation in charge of overseeing and regulating all international exhibitions that last more than three weeks and are of non-commercial nature ("Expos"). Today, 4 main types of Expos are organised under its auspices: World Expos, Specialised Expos, Horticultural Expos and the Triennale di Milano. 

(b) South Africa joined the BIE on 1 September 1993.

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

(a)(ii) There are currently 158 member states with a further 24 states in the process of accession.

(a)(iii). Purpose of IRENA

IRENA is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.  IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity. With a mandate from countries around the world, IRENA encourages governments to adopt enabling policies for renewable energy investments, provides practical tools and policy advice to accelerate renewable energy deployment, and facilitates knowledge sharing and technology transfer to provide clean, sustainable energy for the world’s growing population.

(b) South Africa is a founding member of IRENA, signing the Statute on 17 January 2010, with ratification on 17 October 2010.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

(a)(ii) The OPCW currently has 193 member states.

(a)(iii) Purpose of the OPCW.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which entered into force in 1997. The OPCW has 193 Member States, who are working together to achieve a world free of chemical weapons.

The OPCW Member States share the collective goal of preventing chemistry from ever again being used for warfare, thereby strengthening international security. To this end, the Convention contains four key provisions:

•destroying all existing chemical weapons under international verification by the OPCW;

•monitoring chemical industry to prevent new weapons from re-emerging;

•providing assistance and protection to States Parties against chemical threats; and

•fostering international cooperation to strengthen implementation of the Convention and promote the peaceful use of chemistry.

(b) South Africa ratified the OPCW on 13 September 1995 and joined the body when it came into force on 29 April 1997.

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

(a)(ii) The ATT currently has 97 states parties and 130 signatory states.

(a)(iii) Purpose of the ATT.

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is an international treaty that regulates the international trade in conventional arms and seeks to prevent and eradicate illicit trade and diversion of conventional arms by establishing international standards governing arms transfers.

(b) South Africa’s instrument of ratification was deposited on 22 December 2014 and came into effect on 24 December 2014.

Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)

(a)(ii) The CTBTO has 183 Member States, although the Treaty has not yet entered into force.

(a)(iii) The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) was established by the States Signatories to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty on 19 November 1996 and has its headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The objective of the CTBTO is to achieve the object and purpose of the Treaty, namely to ban nuclear test explosions and to provide a forum for consultation and cooperation among Member States.

(b) South Africa signed the Treaty in 1996 and ratified it in 1999.

19 September 2018 - NW2523

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What is South Africa’s position regarding the (a) alleged arbitrary firing of the Clerk of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) and (b) refusal by the President of the PAP to implement a decision by the Executive Council of the African Union to lift the firing of the clerk and other staff members?

Reply:

(a) South Africa, like all African Union (AU) member states, desires to see the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) operating in a more effective way in order to better serve the people of Africa. South Africa’s position is that while the dismissal of the Clerk is an internal matter of the PAP, the decision of the Executive Council of the AU should be implemented, namely that the AU Commission should “initiate an urgent independent audit of PAP to be concluded by October 2018 and that “the President of PAP shall refrain from adopting decisions with regard to staff disciplinary measures without prior approval from the Chairperson of the AU Commission until the audit is completed”.

(b) In terms of this decision, the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) will “consider the Audit Report and conclude its consideration no later than 15 November 2018, and based on the findings take appropriate action and report back to the Executive Council at the January 2019 Summit”.

  • The Secretariat had indicated that the Bureau of the PAP has not yet made a decision on the question of reinstating the Clerk It is expected that the PRC, when considering the envisaged Audit Report, will decide on the future of the Clerk of the PAP.
  • Paragraph 5 (c) of the Investigation Report on Pan African Parliaments Recruitment states that the “President, APROB and Clerk of Parliament should ensure that the injustices perpetrated during the recruitment process concerning certain staff is corrected forthwith”.
  • Following the Executive Council Decision, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation sent a Note Verbale to the Secretariat of the PAP requesting the re-instatement of Tebogo Mhlongo, a South African national whose employment was terminated in June 2016.
  • Through a Note Verbale, dated 10 August 2018, the Secretariat of the PAP responded as follows:

Quote

“After consideration by the Bureau of the Pan-African Parliament, direction has been provided by the Bureau of the Pan-African Parliament and the Secretariat is in the process of processing it. The institution will ensure that it finalizes its reflection of the way forward of implementing the said Executive Council decision as soon as possible. Once the institutional position and options are determined, the Pan-African Parliament will be expected to consult with the African Union Commission, as indicated in the said decision and give a hearing to the concerned staff members to get their perspectives. Upon doing so implementation will commence upon receipt of funds to finance the implementation.

Unquote

19 September 2018 - NW2400

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)Whether, in view of her department’s mandate to manage and implement international relations and co-operation, she has been informed that land ownership around Mpumalanga and other parts of the country has been contested by external parties before the land reform programme started; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) did the Government at any stage engage the Kingdom of eSwatini about land and border issues since 27 April 1994; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what was the (a) purpose or objective of the commission that was set up by the Government in 2006 (details furnished) to discuss land and border matters with their counterparts from eSwatini and (b) outcome of those talks; (4) what was the outcome of the various Diplomatic Notes sent between the United Kingdom, the Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of eSwatini, between 1966 and 1969, requesting that borders between the two countries be defined; (5) whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply:

(1) Yes, I have been informed and I am aware that the Government of Kingdom of eSwatini has over the years submitted claims on some parts of South Africa’s territory. South Africa’s position on such cases will be informed by:

i) South Africa’s Constitution (Schedule 1A) defines the territory of the Republic.

ii) The OAU 1964 Resolution AHG/Res.16 (1) on colonial borders, as well as the AU Constitutive Act 2001, Article 4(b), and

iii) International Law.

(2) Yes, at the request of the Kingdom of eSwatini, the South African Government has since 1994 engaged them on their land and border claims. In this regard, the two governments engaged with a view to resolving the land and border matters.

(3) (a) In 2005, the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, established the South African International Boundaries Committee (SAIBC) to investigate the land and border claims by the Kingdom of eSwatini. In this regard, the SAIBC had met with the Swaziland Border Restoration Committee (BRC) on several occasions to discuss the land and border matters.

(b) The outcomes of those meetings resulted in both sides restating their positions on the land and border dispute. The SAIBC presented its report to the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, subsequent to which, the then Minister, disbanded the SAIBC.

(4) It has proven difficult to find such material and to even determine the location where the information may be kept, considering that the diplomatic notes referred to, date back from the period between 1966 and 1969.

(5) No.      

19 September 2018 - NW2377

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

Whether any businesspersons accompanied the Government on any visits to foreign countries since 1 January 2018; if so, what are the relevant details of each visit?

Reply:

Honourable Member, no businesspersons have accompanied me, as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, on any visits abroad.

17 September 2018 - NW2656

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether the Government has an official position on the (a) alleged maltreatment of a certain person (name furnished), (b) deployment of the armed forces to Kasumbalesa and Kinshasa, who used violence to oppress peaceful supporters of the specified person, (c) use of controversial electronic voting machines despite domestic and international opposition, (d) credibility of voters’ rolls with particular reference to allegations of significant numbers of duplicates and/or (e) continued detention of political prisoners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

a) During President Ramaphosa’s visit to the DRC, President Kabila briefed the President about the matter of Mr Katumbi during which the government of the DRC explained their national legal requirements that prevented Mr Katumbi from registering in the national elections.

b) It should be noted that the deployment of the members of the DRC armed forces within the sovereign territory of the DRC remains a decision of the government of DRC. In this regard, South Africa, however, echoes the Statement of the UNSC of 17 August 2018 that underlined the importance of the entire Congolese political class and the institutions responsible for organizing elections to remain committed to ensure the success of the rest of the electoral process, leading to a peaceful transfer of power, in accordance with the Congolese constitution.

Further, South Africa also continues to encourage all Congolese stakeholders to create all the necessary conditions to ensure an environment conducive to the peaceful and inclusive conduct of political activities to ensure that the elections take place with the requisite conditions of transparency, credibility and inclusivity.

c) In terms of the concerns regarding the utilisation of electronic voting machines, it should be noted that the Independent National Electoral Commission of the DRC (CENI) gave a presentation on the preparations for the elections and the utilisation of the electronic voting machines to the SADC Double Troika Summit that took place in April 2018. The presentation was noted.

In addition, I wish to refer the Honourable Member to the Joint Communique issued by the Presidency on 10 August 2018 on the President’s Working Visit to the DRC, it states:

“The two Heads of State noted that the political and security situation is calm throughout the national territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and took note of the significant progress made in the ongoing electoral process in the country, with regard to the commitments made in accordance with the electoral calendar published on 5 November 2017 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) and providing for the organization of presidential, legislative and provincial elections at the end this year.

The two Heads of State noted, among other things, the continued financing of the electoral process by the Congolese Government, which has just completed the stage of submitting candidatures for the presidential, legislative and provincial elections, in compliance with the constitutional rules and national laws of the Democratic Republic of Congo”.

e) The matter of the detention of any individual was not discussed during the meeting.

17 September 2018 - NW2524

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)Whether her department received any requests from any African state to provide training to its presidential VIP protection units in each of the past five financial years and since 1 April 2018; if so, (a) which States submitted requests for assistance, (b) which department(s) provided training, (c) what number of persons were trained, (d) what was the duration of the training and (e) what total costs did the department(s) incur in terms of (i) flights, (ii) accommodation, (iii) food and (iv) transport for each training period; (2) whether the States that requested training contributed to the costs incurred; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) (a) Yes, requests were received from the Central African Republic and the Republic of Liberia.

(b) The training for the Central African Republic is provided by the South African Police Service (SAPS). The request from the Republic of Liberia is still being considered, therefore, no further details are available with respect to this request.

(c) A Thirty-two (32) member team from the Central African Republic will be receiving training.

(d) The training for the Central African Republic team will be conducted for six (6) weeks.

(e) The total cost projected for training a team from the Central African Republic is R 1 765 800.00.

(i) The projected costs for flights is R 1 080 000.00.

(ii) The projected cost for accommodation is R 267 840.00. This amount includes projected cost for food.

(iii) Transport costs will be covered by SAPS.

(2) The Central African Republic will not make a contribution towards this training.

17 September 2018 - NW2568

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

(1)(a) What is the total number of (i) deputy directors-general and (ii) chief directors that are employed in (aa) an acting and (bb) a permanent capacity in her department and (b) what is the total number of women in each case; (2) (a) what is the total number of (i) chief executive officers and (ii) directors of each entity reporting to her and (b) what is the total number of women in each case?

Reply:

(1) (a) (i) DDGs: There are two (2) Acting Deputy Directors-General (DDGs) currently.

(ii) CDs: There are two (2) Acting Chief Directors at this stage.

(bb) DDGs: There are sixteen (16) DDGs employed on a permanent capacity.

CDs: There are fifty five (55) Chief Directors employed on a permanent capacity.

(b) DDGs: Five (5) of the 16 DDGs are women.

CDs: Twenty eight (28) of the Chief Directors are women.

(2) (a) and (b) The African Renaissance and International Cooperation Fund (ARF) does not have a chief executive officer or directors as per the Honourable Member’s question. ARF is not essentially an entity as contemplated in Schedule 3A and 3C of Public Finance Managment Act of 1999. It is a Fund that International Relations and Cooperation oversees. ARF has an Advisory Committee comprising of officials from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the National Treasury.

14 September 2018 - NW2680

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

(a) What (i) number of bilateral agreements with other governments is the Government engaged in, (ii) are the names of the partner countries in each agreement and (iii) is the purpose of each agreement and (b) on what date was each agreement signed?

Reply:

(a) & (b) Since 1994 the Government of the Republic of South Africa has signed 2029 bilateral agreements with other governments.

The names of the partner countries, purpose of the agreements and the dates that the agreements were signed are reflected in the texts of the agreements. This information is accessible on the DIRCO website, http://www.dirco.gov.za

14 September 2018 - NW2717

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

Whether the Government has a policy on the conditions and/or circumstances under which South Africa is willing to engage with perceived dictatorial leaders in Africa and beyond; if so, (a) do such leaders have to meet any requirements in order to enjoy the support of the Government and (b) did the Government take the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) refusal to permit Mr Moise Katumbi, an opposition party candidate, entry into the country into consideration while planning the President’s trip to the DRC, given that it posed an alleged fundamental threat to democratic processes in the DRC?

Reply:

(a) At the heart of South Africa’s foreign policy since 1994 is the promotion of democracy, rule of law, good governance and observance of human rights. South Africa therefore conducts her bilateral relations with the countries on the Continent and beyond desiring to achieve these objectives.

(b) The Working Visit of the President to the DRC was part of his courtesy visit to the region since he assumed office. The purpose of such visits is to consult on bilateral cooperation and issues of common interest. The matter of Mr Katumbi was part of bilateral discussions during which the Government of the DRC explained their national legal requirements that prevented Mr Katumbi from registering in the national elections. The explanation was noted.

14 September 2018 - NW2681

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

(a) What (i) number of multi-lateral agreements with other States is the Government engaged in, (ii) are the names of the countries involved in each agreement and (iii) is the purpose of each agreement and (b) on what date was each agreement signed?

Reply:

a) (i) Since 1994 the Government of the Republic of South Africa has signed, ratified or acceded to four hundred and sixteen (416) multilateral agreements.

(ii) & (iii) The information requested by the Honourable Member is available on the Department’s website, http://www.dirco.gov.za.

(b) Please see my response above.

 

10 September 2018 - NW2312

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

(1)(a) What number of labour disputes are currently being faced by (i) her department and (ii) the entities reporting to her, (b) what is the cause of each dispute, (c) what is the nature of each dispute and (d) on what date was each dispute (i) reported and (ii) resolved; (2) (a)(i) what number of employees have been dismissed by her department in the past five years and (ii) for what reason was each employee dismissed and (b)(i) what number of the specified employees were paid severance packages and (ii) what was the monetary value of each severance package?

Reply:

(1) (a) (i) twenty (20)

(ii) None

(b) Causes of each dispute

-Unfair discrimination:

Early recall from mission abroad = 01

Equal pay for work of equal value = 02

Claim for awarding surrogacy leave outside prevailing policy = 01

Unfair disciplinary action short of dismissal = 01

Overlooked for posting = 01

-Unfair suspension:

Suspension pending disciplinary action = 01

Unilateral change of terms and conditions of employment:

Implementation of shift system for security officers = 01

Suspension of cellphone benefits= 01

Interpretation/ application of collective agreement:

interpretation of Resolution 1 of 2003 = 01

Unfair Labour Practice:

Leave pay = 02

Promotion = 01

Unfair dismissals:

Disciplinary actions= 03

Review of the Arbitration award = 04

(c) Nature of each dispute

-Unilateral change of terms and conditions of employment = 02

-Interpretation/ application of a collective agreement = 01

-Unfair suspension = 01

-Unfair discrimination = 06

-Unfair Labour Practice = 03

-Unfair Dismissal = 07

(d) (i) date each was reported

- Unilateral change of terms and conditions of employment = 04/05/2018

- Unilateral change of terms and conditions of employment = 14/08/2018

- Interpretation/ application of a collective agreement = 10/08/2018

- Unfair suspension = 06/03/2017

- Unfair discrimination = 04/10/2016

- Unfair discrimination = 18/02/2016

- Unfair discrimination = 28/09/2016

- Unfair discrimination = 14/12/2016

- Unfair discrimination = 12/07/2017

- Unfair discrimination = 21/08/2014

- Unfair Labour Practice = 18/07/2017

- Unfair Labour Practice = 20/04/2017

- Unfair Labour Practice = 13/08/2018

- Unfair dismissal = 24/02/2017

- Unfair dismissal = 09/07/2015

- Unfair dismissal = 25/03/2014

- Unfair dismissal = 06/07/2017

- Unfair dismissal = 14/03/2013

- Unfair dismissal = 02/07/2013

- Unfair dismissal = 03/03/2016

(ii) resolved = None

(2) (a)(i) four (04)

(ii) -Unbecoming behaviour and causing damage to the state vehicle = 01

-Allegations of fraud: falsified matric certificate = 01

  • Abscondment = 02

(b)(i) none

(ii) Not applicable

06 July 2018 - NW1823

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)Whether (a) her spouse and/or (b) an adult family member accompanied her on any official international trip (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (aa) is the name of the person(s), (bb) was the (aaa) purpose and (bbb) destination of the trip and (cc) was the (aaa) total cost and (bbb) detailed breakdown of the costs of the accompanying person(s) to her department; (2) whether each of the specified trips were approved by the President in terms of the provisions of Section 1, Annexure A of the Ministerial Handbook; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) (i) Yes, I have been advised that my predecessor was accompanied by a family member between 22 September 2013 and 26 February 2018. This was done in accordance with the Ministerial Handbook: Handbook for Members of the Executive and Presiding Officers. Section 3.1 and 3.2 of the Ministerial Handbook state that, “Members (of the Executive) and their spouses (or an adult family member accompanying the Member in official capacity) are entitled to first class travel for official purposes at the expense of the Department concerned. The costs for official journeys abroad by Members, and their spouses or adult family members accompanying them in official capacity, are for the account of the relevant Department”.

(aa) With respect to the request to provide names, the Honourable Member would recall that there is an established practise applicable to parliamentary questions 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 specifically 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)”

(bb) The information requested by the Honourable Member is provide in the table below:

 

COUNTRIES VISITED

PURPOSE OF VISIT

DATE OF VISIT

ADULT FAMILY MEMBER

AIR TRAVEL COST

S & T

 

New York, USA

UNGA

22-28 September 2013

Adult family member

R 235,292

R 12,089

 

Jakarta, Indonesia

2nd Conference among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Dev. (CEAPAD II)

27 Feb - 2 Mar 2014

Adult family member

R 311,258

R 15,334

 

London, UK

Attended Thanksgiving service in honour of late former President Mandela

2-3 Mar 2014

Adult family member

Cost included in (2) above

S&T included in (2) above

 

Geneva, Switzerland

High Level Segment of the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council

3-6 Mar 2014

Adult family member

Cost included in (2) above

S&T included in (2) above

 

Santiago, Chile

Inauguration of President-elect

7-12 Mar 2014

Adult family member

Cost included in (2) above

S&T included in (2) above

 

Washington, USA

AGOA Ministerial Meeting

2-6 August 2014

Adult family member

R 83,828

R 7,140.25

 

Beijing, China

SA/China JWG Meeting

1-5 September 2014

Adult family member

R 39,847

R 5,860

 

New York, USA

UNGA

19-27 September 2014

Adult family member

R 83,824

R 12,293

 

Beijing, China

Accompanied President Zuma on working visit

1-6 December 2014

Adult family member

R 39,925

R 7,325

 

Brasilia, Brazil

Inauguration of President-elect of Brazil

28 Dec - 4 Jan 2015

Adult family member

R 64,690

R 8,220

 

Jakarta, Indonesia

Accompany President Zuma to State Visit and NAASP and Bandung Asia-Africa Summit

18-23 April 2015

Adult family member

R 56,970

R 7,971.00

 

Ufa, Russia

7th BRICS Summit

5-11 July 2015

Adult family member

R 92,312

R 18,722

 

Gaborone, Botswana

SADC Council of Ministers meeting and summit

13-15 August 2015

Adult family member

R 5,479

R 1,850.00

 

New York, USA

UNGA

14-29 September 2015

Adult family member

R 89,350

R 26,945

 

New York, USA

Accompany President Zuma to UNGA

19-23 September 2016

Adult family member

R 71,930

R 7,185

 

Munich, Germany

Working Visit

14-15 November 2016

Adult family member

R 110,467

R 6,275

 

Berlin, Germany

SA-Germany BNC

15-16 November 2016

Adult family member

Continuous trip from (16) above

Continuous trip from (16) above

 

Lilongwe, Malawi

Inauguration of new SA Chancery

09-May-17

Adult family member

Chartered flight with Minister

R 3,699

 

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Accompany President JG Zuma on a State Visit

10-12 May 2017

Adult family member

Continuous trip from (18) above

Continuous trip from (18) above

 

Beijing, China

BRICS Foreign Minister's meeting

16-21 June 2017

Adult family member

R 78,356

R 7,320

 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union

3-4 July 2017

Adult family member

R 123,542

R 8,211

 

Hamburg, Germany

G20

5-9 July 2017

Adult family member

Continuous trip from (21) above

Continuous trip from (21) above

 

Xiamen, China

9th BRICS Summit

31 August - 5 Sept 2017

Adult family member

R 104,820

R 12,033

 

Hanoi, Vietnam

Asia Regional Heads of Mission Conference

5-9 Sept 2017

Adult family member

Continuous trip from (23) above

Continuous trip from (23) above

 

Ottawa, Canada

Americas Regional Heads of Mission Conference

12-15 Sept 2017

Adult family member

R 55,103

R 19,640

 

New York, USA

UNGA 72

15-23 Sept 2017

Adult family member

Continuous trip from (25) above

Continuous trip from (25) above

 

Nairobi, Kenya

Represented President Zuma at the inauguration of the President-elect of Kenya

27-28 Nov 2017

Adult family member

Chartered flight with Minister

R 4,281

 

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Attended the Africa-EU Foreign Minister's meeting Accompanied

President Zuma to the Africa-EU Summit

28 Nov 2017

29 to 30 Nov 2017

Adult family member

Continuous trip from (27) above

Continuous trip from (27) above

(ii) Since my appointment as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and between 27 February 2018 and 4 July 2018 I have not taken a family member on any official trip abroad.

(2) Yes, I have been informed that permission from the President was sought in terms of Annexure A of the Ministerial Handbook.

04 July 2018 - NW1731

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Wessels, Mr W to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)Whether all members of the senior management service (SMS) in her department had declared their interests for the past year as required by the Public Service Regulations; if not, (a) why not, (b) how many of the specified members did not declare their interests and (c) what are the (i) names and (ii) ranks of the specified noncompliant members of the SMS; (2) whether noncompliant SMS members have been charged; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) what number (a) of employees in her department at each post level are currently suspended on full salary and (b) of the specified employees at each post level have been suspended for the specified number of days (details furnished); (4) what is the total amount of cost attached to the days of service lost as a result of the suspensions in each specified case?

Reply:

(1) Honourable Member, I have been informed that all SMS Members in my Department did declare their financial interest for the past year.

(2) Falls away.

(3) I have been informed that one employee in my department has been placed on precautionary suspension pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations levelled against the employee. The suspension took effect on 20 June 2018.

(4) Honourable Member, the precautionary suspension only took effect on 20 June 2018 and I would therefore appeal that my department be given time to deal with this matter without placing it in the public domain thereby infringing upon the rights of the employee concerned.

 

27 June 2018 - NW1863

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

(1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of racism that were reported to the human resources offices in her (i) department and (ii) entities reporting to her in (aa) 2016 and (bb) 2017 and (b) are the details of each incident that took place; (2) was each incident investigated; if not, why not in each case; if so, what were the outcomes of the investigation in each case?

Reply:

(1) My Department advised me that there were no cases of racism reported to the offices of human resources by my department and its entity, the African Renaissance Fund.

(2) Falls away.

27 June 2018 - NW2126

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

(1)What are the details of the Government’s official position on the anglo-francophone conflict in the southern parts of the Republic of Cameroon; (2) whether her department (a) has previously and/or (b) is currently engaged in any efforts to mediate the conflict; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details of all efforts, interventions and/or support undertaken by the country to mediate the conflict through (i) unilateral, (ii) bilateral and/or (iii) multilateral forums that it participates in?

Reply:

(1) The Anglo-Francophone tension in certain parts of Cameroon is a domestic matter, and as such must be resolved by the people of Cameroon through the country’s legal and constitutional remedies.

(2) (a) & (b) No.

(i) (ii) (iii) South Africa has not been requested to assist in mediation in the current tension.

27 June 2018 - NW2023

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Mazzone, Ms NW to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)What are the details of the (a) number of accidents that vehicles owned by her department were involved (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2018, (b) cost for repairs in each case and (c)(i) number of and (ii) reasons for vehicles being written off in each case; (2) whether all vehicles owned by her department have tracking devices installed?

Reply:

(1) The information provided to me by my department is as follows:

(a)(i) and (ii)

Year Head Office Missions

2015/2016: 10 accidents 3 accidents

2016/2017: 5 accidents 13 accidents

2017/2018: 4 accidents 4 accidents

2018/2019: 4 accidents 0 Accidents

(b) Year Head Office Missions

2015/2016: R202 372,13 No cost, insurance covered the damages

2016/2017: R108 076,99 No cost, insurance covered the damages

2017/2018: R139 011,73 No cost, insurance covered the damages

2018/2019: R18 108.32 No cost, insurance covered the damages

(c) (i) Two Head Office vehicles were written off, no Mission vehicles were written off.

(ii) One vehicle was written off due to severe structural damage to the chassis. One vehicle was not economical to repair due to high mileage and value compared to quoted repair costs.

2. In view of the cost versus risk, the current fleet at Head Office does not have tracking devices fitted. It is not standard practice for vehicles in Missions to have tracking devices installed. Vehicles are insured where required by local legislation.

27 June 2018 - NW1914

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

(1)What (a) is the total number of incidents of sexual harassment that were reported to the human resources offices of (i) her department and (ii) entities reporting to her in (aa) 2016 and (bb) 2017 and (b) are the details of each incident that took place; (2) was each incident investigated; if not, why not in each case; if so, what were the outcomes of the investigation in each case?

Reply:

(1) I have been advised that the human resources offices did not receive any report of incidents of sexual harassment from the Department and its entity, the African Renaissance Fund.

(2) Falls away.

27 June 2018 - NW1963

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

(a) What are the details of the last 50 votes taken at the United Nations Human Rights Commission and (b) how did South Africa vote in each case?

Reply:

Honourable Members, the United Nations Human Rights Commission ceased to exist in 2006 when the United Nations General Assembly passed its resolution 60/251, establishing the Human Rights Council (HRC). The details provided here are for the HRC and not those of the United Nations Commission for Human Rights.

(a) & (b) In the last 50 votes taken at the United Nations Human Rights Council, South Africa voted in favour of a total of thirty five (35) resolutions, ten (10) of which are country specific and twenty five (25) thematic, voted against two (2) resolutions, one (1) of which is a country specific and one (1) thematic and abstained on 13 resolutions, twelve (12) of which are country specific and one (1) thematic.

The details of the last 50 votes taken by South Africa at the HRC are provided in the table below:

ITEM

ADOPTED TEXT

TITLE

ACTION TAKEN

1

37/1

The deteriorating situation of human rights in Eastern Ghouta, in the Syrian Arab Republic

Led by: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Adopted by vote (29 to 4, with 14 abstentions),

South Africa Abstained

5 March 2018

2

37/3

Integrity of the judicial system

Led by: Russian Federation

Adopted by vote (23 to 2, with 22 abstentions)

South Africa voted in favour

22 March 2018

3

37/10

The right to food

Led by: Cuba

Adopted by vote (46 to 1, with no abstentions),

South Africa voted in favour

22 March 2018

4

37/11

The effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights

Led by: Cuba

Adopted by vote (27 to 16, with 4 abstentions)

South Africa voted in favour

5

37/21

Human rights and unilateral coercive measures

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement)

Adopted by vote (28 to 15, with 3 abstentions),

South Africa voted in favour

23 March 2018

6

37/23

Promoting mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of human rights

Led by: China

Adopted by vote (28 to 1, with 17 abstentions),

South Africa voted in favour

23 March 2018

7

37/29

The human rights situation in the Syrian Arab Republic

Led by: France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America

Adopted by vote (27 to 4, with 16 abstentions),

South Africa Abstained

23 March 2018

8

37/30

Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Led by: Republic of Moldova, Sweden, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United States of America

Adopted by vote (21 to 7, with 19 abstentions),

South Africa Abstained

23 March 2018

9

37/32

Situation of human rights in Myanmar

Led by: Bulgaria (on behalf of the European Union)

Adopted by vote (32 to 5, with 10 abstentions),

South Africa Abstained

23 March 2018

10

37/33

Human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan

Led by: Pakistan (on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation)

Adopted by vote (25 to 14, with 7 abstentions),

South Africa voted in favour,

23 March 2018

11

37/34

Right of the Palestinian people to self-determination

Led by: Pakistan (on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation)

Adopted by vote (43 to 2, with 1 abstention),

South Africa voted in favour

23 March 2018

12

37/35

Human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

Led by: Pakistan (on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation)

Adopted by vote (41 to 3, with 2 abstentions),

South Africa voted in Favour

23 March 2018

13

37/36

Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan

Led by: Pakistan (on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation)

Adopted by vote (34 to 4, with 8 abstentions),

South Africa voted in Favour

23 March 2018

14

37/37

Ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

Led by: Pakistan (on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation)

Adopted by vote (27 to 4, with 15 abstentions),

South Africa voted in Favour

23 March 2018

15

37/40

Cooperation with Georgia

Led by: Georgia

Adopted by vote (19 to 5, with 23 abstentions),

South Africa Abstained, 23 March 2018

16

37/42

Contribution to the implementation of the joint commitment to effectively addressing and countering the world drug problem with regard to human rights

Led by: Albania, Brazil, Colombia, Greece, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Portugal, Switzerland, Uruguay

Adopted by vote (26 to 10, with 11 abstentions),

South Africa voted in favour

23 March 2018

17

36/1

Composition of staff of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Led by: Cuba

Adopted by vote: (31 to 15 with 1 abstention)

South Africa voted in favour

20 September 2017

18

36/3

The use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination

Led by Cuba

Adopted by vote: (32 to 15 with 0 abstentions)

South Africa voted in favour

20 September 2017

19

36/4

Mandate of the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order

Led by: Cuba

Adopted by vote: (32 to 15 with 0 abstentions)

South Africa voted in favour

20 September 2017

20

36/17

The question of the death penalty

Benin, Belgium, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Republic of Moldova, Mongolia, Switzerland

Adopted by vote: (27 to 13 with 7 abstentions)

South Africa voted in favour

21 September 2017

21

36/19

Renewal of the mandate of the commission of inquiry on Burundi

Led by: Estonia (on behalf of the European Union)

Adopted by vote: (22 to 11 with 14 abstentions)

South Africa voted against

21 September 2017

22

36/9

The right to development

Led by: Venezuela (on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement)

Adopted by vote: (31 to 11 with 4 abstentions)

South Africa voted in favour

21 September 2017

23

36/10

Human rights and unilateral coercive measures

Led by: Venezuela (on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement)

Adopted by vote: (30 to 15 with 1 abstention)

South Africa voted in favour

21 September 2017

24

36/24

From rhetoric to reality: a global call for concrete action against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance

Led by: Tunisia (on behalf of the Group of African States)

Adopted by vote: (32 to 5 with 10 abstentions)

South Africa voted in favour

26 September 2017

25

36/20

The human rights situation in the Syrian Arab Republic

Led by: France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America

Adopted by vote: (27 to 7 with 13 abstentions)

South Africa abstained

21 September 2017

26

36/21

Cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights

Led by: Fiji, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Uruguay

Adopted by vote: (28 to 0 with 19 abstentions)

South Africa Abstained

26 September 2017

27

36/22

Promotion and protection of the human rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas

Led by: Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Cuba, Ecuador, South Africa

Adopted by vote: (34 to 2 with 11 abstentions)

South Africa voted in favour

21 September 2017

28

36/33

Technical assistance and capacity building to improve the situation of human rights in Burundi

Led by: Tunisia (on behalf of the Group of African States)

Adopted by vote: (23 to 14 with 9 abstentions)

South Africa voted in favour

22 September 2017

29

36/30

Technical assistance and capacity-building in the field of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Led by: Tunisia (on behalf of the Group of African States)

Adopted by vote: (45 to 1 with 1 abstention)

South Africa voted in favour

26 September 2017

30

35/3

Human rights and international solidarity

Led by: Cuba

Adopted by vote: (32 to 15 with 0 abstention)

South Africa voted in favour

14 June 2017

31

35/4

Promotion of the right to peace

Led by: Cuba

Adopted by vote: (32 to 11 with 4 abstentions)

South Africa voted in favour

14 June 2017

32

35/26

The human rights situation in the Syrian Arab Republic

Led by: France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America

Adopted by vote: (27 to 8 with 12 abstentions)

South Africa Abstained

15 June 2017

33

35/31

Cooperation with and assistance to Ukraine in the field of human rights

Led by: Ukraine

Adopted by vote: (22 to 6 with 19

Abstentions)

South Africa Abstained

15 June 2017

34

35/8

Enhancement of international cooperation in the field of human rights

Led by: Venezuela (on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement)

Adopted by vote: (32 to 3 with 12 abstentions)

South Africa voted in favour

15 June 2017

35

35/27

Situation of human rights in Belarus

Led by: Malta (on behalf of the European Union)

Adopted by vote: (18 to 8 with 21 abstentions)

South Africa Abstained

15 June 2017

36

35/9

Protection of the family: role of the family in supporting the protection and promotion of human rights of older persons

Led by: Bangladesh, Belarus, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt (on behalf of the Group of Arab States), El Salvador, Mauritania, Morocco, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia

Adopted by vote: (30 to 12 with 5 abstentions)

South Africa voted in favour

15 June 2017

37

35/21

The contribution of development to the enjoyment of all human rights

Led by: China

Adopted by vote: (30 to 13 with 3)

South Africa voted in favour

20 June 2017

38

34/3

Mandate of the Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights

Led by: Cuba

Adopted by vote (31 to 16 with 0 abstention)

South Africa voted in favour

15 March 2017

39

34/8

Effects of terrorism on the enjoyment of all human rights

Led by: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia

Adopted by vote: (28 to 15 with 4 abstentions)

South Africa voted Against

16 March 2017

40

34/27

Human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan

Led by: Pakistan (on behalf of the OIC)

Adopted by vote: (26 to 3 with 18 abstentions)

South Africa voted in favour

16 March 2017

41

34/37

Cooperation with Georgia

Led by: Georgia

Adopted by vote: (18 to 5 with 24)

South Africa Abstained

16 March 2017

42

34/13

Human rights and unilateral coercive measures

Led by: Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) (on behalf of the NAM)

Adopted by vote: (32 to 14 with 0 abstention)

South Africa voted in favour

16 March 2017

43

34/11

The negative impact of the non-repatriation of funds of illicit origin to the countries of origin on the enjoyment of human rights, and the importance of improving international cooperation

Led by: Egypt, Libya, Tunisia (on behalf of the Group of African States)

Adopted by vote: (30 to 1 with 16 abstentions)

South Africa in favour

21 March 2017

44

34/23

Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Led by: Republic of Moldova, Sweden, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United States of America

Adopted by vote: (22 to 12 with 13 abstentions)

South Africa Abstained

16 March 2017

45

34/12

The right to food

Led by: Cuba

Adopted by vote: (45 to 1 with 1 abstention)

South Africa voted in favour

16 March 2017

46

34/34

Mandate of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

Led by: Tunisia (on behalf of Africa Group)

Adopted by vote: (46 to 1 with 0 abstention)

South Africa voted in favour

21 March 2017

47

34/36

Elaboration of complementary standards to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

Led by: Tunisia (on behalf of the African Group)

Adopted by vote: (31 to 4 with 12 abstentions)

South Africa voted in favour

21 March 2017

48

34/27

The human rights situation in the Syrian Arab Republic

Led by: France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America

Adopted by vote: (27 to 7 with 13 abstentions)

South Africa Abstained

17 March 2017

49

34/28

Ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

Led by: Pakistan (on behalf of the OIC), State of Palestine

Adopted by vote: (30 to 2 with 15 abstentions)

South Africa voted in favour

17 March 2017

50

34/29

Right of the Palestinian people to self-determination

Led by: Pakistan (on behalf of the OIC), State of Palestine

Adopted by vote: (43 to 2 with 2 abstentions)

South Africa voted in favour

17 March 2017

27 June 2018 - NW1654

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(a) What number of cases relating to the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Act 12 of 2004, as amended, have been referred to the (i) SA Police Service (SAPS) and (ii) Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) by (aa) her department and (bb) each entity reporting to her for further investigation since the Act was assented to and (b) what number of the specified cases have (i) been investigated by SAPS and DPCI, (ii) been followed up by the respective accounting officers and (iii) resulted in a conviction in each specified financial year since 2004?

Reply:

(a) (aa) My department advised me that it referred one case to the South African Police Service and none to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI).

(bb) None.

(b) (i) & (ii) The case referred to in (aa) above was investigated by SAPS. The Prosecuting Authority declined to prosecute.

 

26 June 2018 - NW1088

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

What (a) number of consulting firms or companies are currently contracted by (i) her department and (ii) the entities reporting to her and (b)(i) is the name of each consultant, (ii) are the relevant details of the service provided in each case and (iii) is the (aa) start date, (bb) time period, (cc) monetary value in Rands of each contract and (dd) name and position of each individual who signed off on each contract?

Reply:

(a) The Department has advised me that it has contracts with twenty two (22) companies and our entity, the African Renaissance Fund, none.

(b) I wish to encourage the Honourable Member to refer this matter to the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation in order obtain the details we are not authorised to give in replies to parliamentary questions.

The Honourable Member would recall that there is an established practise applicable to parliamentary questions 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 specifically 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)”

26 June 2018 - NW1698

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

(1)(a) What total amount of land owned by her department and the entities reporting to her in each province is (i) vacant and (ii) unused or has no purpose and (b) what is the (i) location and (ii) size of each specified plot of land; (2) (a) how much of the land owned by her department and the entities reporting to her has been leased out for private use and (b) what is the (i) Rand value of each lease and (ii)(aa) location and (bb) size of each piece of land?

Reply:

My department has advised me that the reply to both (1) and (2) of the Honourable Member’s question is: None.

08 June 2018 - NW1797

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

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 358 on 29 March 2018, she can provide Mr S Mokgalapa with the requested information; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the requested information?

Reply:

(a) Honourable Member, there is no separate budget for the private office which is a component in the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation. It comprises the Private Secretary and the Assistant Private Secretary.

(b) Conditions of employment such as salaries and qualifications of staff is confidential. Laws such as the Protection of Personal Information Act and the Basic Conditions of Employment, amongst others, protects the confidentiality of such information.

However, I wish to indicate to the Honourable Member that Private Secretaries and Assistant Private Secretaries in offices of Ministers share the responsibilities of managing the Ministers’ diaries, providing administrative support and protocol services as well as coordinating all their meetings between the two offices, i.e. Pretoria and Cape Town.

08 June 2018 - NW1472

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Stubbe, Mr DJ to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)Whether, with reference to the reply of the President, Mr C M Ramaphosa, to the debate on the State of the Nation Address on 22 February 2018 to implement lifestyle audits, (a) she, (b) senior management service members in her department and/or (c) any of the heads of entities reporting to her have undergone a lifestyle audit in the past three financial years; if not, have any plans been put in place to perform such audits; if so, in each case, what are the details of the (i) date of the lifestyle audit, (ii) name of the person undergoing the audit, (iii) name of the auditing firm conducting the audit and (iv) outcome of the audit; (2) whether she will furnish Mr D J Stubbe with copies of the lifestyle audit reports

Reply:

(1) & (2) The Honourable Member is raising a pertinent matter, that of fighting corruption both in the public and private sector. Accordingly, the President in his response to the debate on the State of the National Address on 20 February 2018 underscored this point and asserted,

The work we must undertake to tackle corruption and state capture has, quite correctly, featured prominently in the debate. It is time that we implement our resolutions on the conduct of lifestyle audits of all people who occupy positions of responsibility, starting with members of the executive….

As we indicated in the state of the nation address, we are equally determined to tackle corruption and other economic crimes in the private sector. Institutions like the SA Revenue Service, the Reserve Bank, the Financial Intelligence Centre and our law enforcement agencies work together to detect and prosecute tax evasion.

 

Lifestyle audits will go a long way in identifying corrupt practices and assist with the fight against corruption. Therefore, my department will implement any directive issued in this regard. I can assure the Honourable Member that the Government is serious about its commitment to fight this scourge. We have taken the necessary steps towards ensuring that this is realised. I wish to point out to the Honourable Member that public servants are now prohibited from doing business with the state or its organs. Incidentally, it was during my tenure as Minister for the Public Service and Administration that the Public Administration Management Act of 2014 which introduced this prohibition was drafted, processed through Cabinet, was approved by Parliament and assented to by the President in 2014.

Honourable Member, the prohibition referred to above is currently enforceable through section 13 (c) of the Public Service Regulations. The said section stipulates that an employee shall not conduct business with any organ of state or be a director of a public or private company conducting business with an organ of state, unless such an employee is in an official capacity a director of a company listed in schedule 2 and 3 of the Public Finance Management Act”.

The Financial Disclosure Framework which is currently implemented in the public service and applicable to all Middle Management Staff (MMS) and Senior Management Staff (SMS) is meant to identify and manage conflict of interest situations, ensure transparency and accountability (good governance), promote an ethical culture and prevent corruption in the public service.

In addition to the measures which we are already implementing, senior managers in the public service and Chief Executive Officers of our public institution are required to go through a vetting process, which is conducted by the Department of State Security.

With respect to Members of the Executive, Ministers and Deputy Ministers declare their financial interest in compliance with the Declaration of Members’ Interest Framework and the Executive Members Interests to Parliament and the President respectively.

28 May 2018 - NW1053

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Dudley, Ms C to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(a) What action is her department taking to assist the families of the four South Africans who are reported to have been among those killed in two separate attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia, by the militant group Al Shabaab and (b) what are the official updates on the specified matter?

Reply:

(a) & (b) The Department, through its High Commission in Kenya (accredited to Somalia) is aware of a single unsubstantiated media report that South Africans were amongst those who died in attacks by Al Shabaab on a military base in Somalia referred to. The High Commission in Kenya attempted to get information on the reported attacks in Mogadishu and the many sources in Somalia who were approached were unaware of South Africans perishing in Al Shabaab attacks in Somalia. The Department was also not informed of any fatalities by family members or acquaintances.

In view of the above, the Department remains unaware of South African casualties in recent Al Shabaab attacks in Somalia and as such is unable to verify the incidents or to provide assistance.

In addition, international practice that the Somali Government has the responsibility to officially inform the South African Government of any fatalities of South African citizens in Somalia which would enable the processes of repatriating the remains of the citizens to South Africa. In most instances, the High Commission in Kenya, through the Consular Section at DIRCO, would be requested by family members of the deceased to assist with the repatriation. The High Commission has not received any requests in this regard.

11 May 2018 - NW875

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Matsepe, Mr CD to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What is the (a) detailed breakdown of the amounts budgeted for each of South Africa’s foreign missions for the (i) 2018-19, (ii) 2019-20 and (iii) 2020-21 financial years and (b)(i) total number and (ii) breakdown of (aa) South African and (bb) foreign staff employed at each of the specified foreign missions?

Reply:

(a) The detailed breakdown of amounts budgeted for South Africa’s is appended as Annexure A.

The total budget for South Africa’s foreign missions are follows:

(i) for 2018/19 is R 3,257 billion;

(ii) for 2019/20 is R 3,259 billion; and

(iii) for 2020/21 is R3,272 billion.

(b) (i) Total number of South Africans employed at the foreign missions is 721.

(ii) (aa) Breakdown of South Africans employed at foreign missions is enclosed as Annexure B

(ii) (bb) Breakdown of foreign staff employed at foreign missions is 1,754 (Breakdown is enclosed as Annexure C)

ANNEXURE A

AFRICA MISSIONS

Mission:

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

Addis Ababa

65,448,452

65,965,802

66,886,122

Brazzaville

21,743,514

22,076,436

22,628,394

Libreville

18,030,950

18,099,324

17,739,617

Malabo

16,295,156

16,162,067

16,162,067

N'Djamena

11,659,682

11,681,474

11,723,676

Sao Tome

7,963,321

7,996,080

8,134,959

Yaounde

18,643,719

18,693,001

18,290,684

Antananarivo

16,013,058

16,571,664

17,125,717

Asmara

13,493,665

13,556,122

13,713,500

Bujumbura

18,789,212

18,545,654

18,573,654

Juba

19,759,796

19,422,928

19,423,460

Kampala

20,399,875

21,269,837

21,331,354

Khartoum

18,394,560

18,431,140

18,464,086

Kigali

16,834,812

17,117,843

17,168,976

Moroni

10,050,827

10,289,888

10,367,426

Nairobi

29,866,933

30,378,707

30,917,736

Port Louis

18,428,686

18,363,842

18,254,815

Algiers

24,156,322

23,678,220

23,685,259

Cairo

19,649,700

19,068,382

19,141,789

Nouakchott

12,921,658

13,125,182

13,226,634

Rabat

9,936,120

9,976,742

10,027,056

Tunis

12,238,968

12,166,252

12,222,784

Dar Es Salaam

19,538,796

19,579,519

19,624,576

Gaborone

22,009,402

21,163,185

21,163,185

Harare

32,003,734

31,567,060

31,709,510

Kinshasa

35,703,922

35,489,293

33,838,934

Lilongwe

15,686,079

15,716,289

15,815,431

Luanda

76,090,371

76,684,286

76,894,365

Lubumbashi

14,758,221

15,007,421

15,007,421

Lusaka

18,315,188

16,947,388

18,308,188

Maputo

28,514,973

27,979,260

27,539,872

Maseru

11,378,650

11,439,087

11,565,846

Mbabane

11,216,408

11,211,519

11,211,519

Windhoek

10,512,153

10,624,542

10,751,893

Abidjan

20,960,709

20,818,184

21,722,002

Abuja

39,357,926

38,529,758

40,621,483

Accra

30,815,609

32,044,291

33,385,958

Bamako

16,469,662

16,500,445

16,642,298

Bissau

12,939,151

13,001,979

13,081,528

Conakry

17,000,201

16,907,559

16,910,019

Cotonou

13,406,293

13,410,862

13,489,362

Dakar

21,850,296

22,512,558

21,415,679

Lagos

32,175,224

32,094,584

32,094,584

Monrovia

14,439,253

14,529,036

14,548,691

Niamey

8,363,871

8,420,146

8,449,981

Ouagadougou

16,959,722

16,297,151

16,438,398

Total

961,184,800

961,111,991

967,440,489

Asia and Middle East missions

Mission:

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

Abu Dhabi

10,841,048

10,937,138

10,926,401

Amman

16,296,200

16,526,036

16,400,047

Astana

16,223,809

15,502,289

16,486,196

Bang Kok

21,722,911

21,477,142

22,382,827

Beijing

70,873,281

72,134,337

73,409,771

Canberra

32,834,685

32,946,689

32,552,631

Colombo

14,574,294

14,805,824

14,491,697

Doha

18,241,443

18,296,702

18,441,120

Hanoi

21,441,804

21,461,444

21,461,444

Hong Kong

19,861,315

19,904,108

19,401,059

Islamabad

17,685,020

17,759,382

16,354,220

Jakarta

25,113,274

25,098,678

25,307,632

Jeddah

8,596,278

8,410,929

8,423,117

Kuala Lumpur

9,171,004

9,163,864

9,095,417

Kuwait City

16,738,531

16,024,258

16,106,856

Manila

17,211,704

18,126,989

18,775,756

Dubai

15,031,246

15,163,604

15,117,480

Mumbai

21,241,119

21,306,402

21,358,905

Muscat

17,720,696

17,761,954

18,614,050

New Dehli

28,765,631

28,913,256

29,090,577

Ramallah

21,210,091

20,667,694

18,629,520

Riyadh

14,678,876

14,599,218

14,765,230

Seoul

38,388,294

37,925,104

38,811,654

Shanghai

29,607,788

29,282,114

29,730,301

Singapore

36,826,439

36,432,296

36,568,988

Suva

8,696,661

9,027,530

8,937,993

Tapei

13,899,355

14,311,657

13,287,098

Tehran

24,406,123

24,414,237

24,661,973

Tel Aviv

30,659,693

30,291,010

30,388,706

Tokyo

45,634,239

45,199,627

45,497,875

Wellington

16,246,007

16,499,829

16,485,321

Damascus

18,125,383

18,012,894

18,028,904

Total

718,564,241

718,384,234

719,990,766

       

Europe missions

Mission:

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

Ankara

29,058,786

29,312,357

29,498,489

Athens

21,710,559

21,574,788

21,198,982

Berlin

61,104,978

61,009,095

61,248,122

Berne

45,579,539

45,015,139

44,369,023

Bucharest

14,969,620

15,009,985

15,331,694

Budapest

16,669,430

16,670,121

17,061,170

Brussels

68,540,721

67,570,508

67,653,372

Copenhagen

14,743,170

14,829,168

14,825,395

Dublin

27,318,940

27,512,364

27,531,518

Geneva

114,708,407

114,796,880

115,895,328

Helsinki

25,294,802

25,290,702

25,696,630

Holy See

10,898,846

10,877,415

10,980,863

Kiev

14,738,735

14,777,168

16,690,035

Lisbon

21,165,272

20,949,858

20,050,229

London

102,301,285

103,957,485

104,270,348

Madrid

23,551,180

23,494,660

23,475,820

Milan

22,108,003

21,921,498

21,914,796

Moscow and Minsk

63,171,863

63,411,486

63,411,486

Munich

26,947,137

26,922,139

27,032,527

Oslo

23,988,339

23,958,868

24,526,650

Paris

67,745,121

70,787,764

71,052,597

Prague

14,874,059

14,921,690

14,956,510

Rome

40,726,682

40,922,084

40,873,087

Sofia

13,937,650

13,937,650

13,937,650

Stockholm

16,303,498

16,420,111

16,413,421

The Hague

37,529,032

38,081,701

37,733,595

Vienna

65,345,645

65,413,328

65,567,078

Warsaw

1,218,973

1,214,082

1,204,621

Total

1,006,250,274

1,010,560,094

1,014,401,035

AMERICA MISSIONS

Mission:

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

Brasilia

43,233,297

41,845,389

42,740,377

Buenos Aires

19,096,453

19,013,144

19,144,761

Caracas

26,624,604

26,676,590

26,719,159

Chicago

32,287,611

32,930,398

33,272,584

Havana

23,524,447

23,620,348

22,996,769

Kingston

21,645,055

20,940,663

20,751,758

Lima

17,615,757

17,730,366

17,860,147

Los Angels

32,569,433

32,563,017

32,368,172

Mexico City

23,086,238

23,322,908

23,627,744

New York (CG)

80,715,627

81,610,227

81,920,663

New York (UN)

67,547,621

67,335,045

67,559,087

Ottawa

21,671,829

20,659,346

18,471,775

Port Of Spain

16,319,913

16,441,931

16,098,028

Santiago

26,895,207

25,917,856

26,051,350

Sao Paulo

28,821,013

29,109,831

29,397,671

Toronto

20,233,045

20,254,863

20,665,382

Washington

69,212,150

69,847,162

70,515,312

Total

571,099,301

569,819,085

570,160,739

Grand Total

3,257,098,616

3,259,875,405

3,271,993,030

       

ANNEXURE B

NUMBER OF SOUTH AFRICANS EMPLOYED AT FOREIGN MISSIONS: AFRICA MISSIONS

 

Mission

Number of South Africans employed at missions

Abidjan

5

Abuja

8

Accra

6

Addis Ababa

19

Algiers

6

Antananarivo

4

Asmara

3

Bamako

5

Bangui

3

Bissau

3

Brazzaville

4

Bujumbura

5

Cairo

7

Conakry

5

Cotonou

4

Dakar

6

Dar Es Salaam

6

Gaborone

8

Harare

7

Juba

4

Kampala

6

Khartoum

5

Kigali

5

Kinshasa

10

Lagos

7

Libreville

5

Lilongwe

5

Luanda

8

Lubumbashi

4

Lusaka

6

Malabo

2

Maputo

9

Maseru

6

Mbabane

5

   

Monrovia

5

Moroni

4

Nairobi

8

N'djamena

4

Niamey

3

Nouakchott

4

Ouagadougou

4

Port Louis

4

Rabat

4

Sao Tome

3

Tunis

4

Windhoek

6

Yaounde

5

Total

259

NUMBER OF SOUTH AFRICANS EMPLOYED AT FOREIGN MISSIONS: ASIA AND MIDDLE EAST MISSIONS

 

Mission

Number of South Africans employed at missions

Abu Dhabi

4

Amman

4

Astana

4

Bangkok

5

Beijing

12

Canberra

6

Colombo

4

Damascus

4

Doha

4

Dubai

6

Hanoi

5

Hong Kong

4

Islamabad

5

Jakarta

6

Jeddah

4

Kuala Lumpur

6

Kuwait City

4

Manila

4

Mumbai

6

Muscat

4

New Delhi

12

Ramallah

4

Riyadh

6

Seoul

5

Shanghai

5

Singapore

8

Suva

3

Taipei

4

Tehran

4

Tel Aviv

4

Tokyo

8

Wellington

5

Total

169

NUMBER OF SOUTH AFRICANS EMPLOYED AT FOREIGN MISSIONS : AMERICAS MISSIONS

Mission

Number of South Africans employed at missions

Brasilia

10

Buenos Aires

4

Caracas

4

Chicago

4

Havana

6

Kingston

4

Lima

4

Los Angeles

5

Mexico City

5

New York (CG)

5

New York (UN)

19

Ottawa

7

Port Of Spain

3

Santiago

4

Sao Paulo

4

Toronto

4

Washington

16

Total

108

NUMBER OF SOUTH AFRICANS EMPLOYED AT FOREIGN MISSIONS: EUROPE MISSIONS

Mission

Number of South Africans employed at missions

Ankara

6

Athens

5

Berlin

11

Berne

5

Brussels

11

Bucharest

4

Budapest

5

Copenhagen

4

Dublin

4

Geneva

13

Helsinki

4

Kyiv

3

Lisbon

5

London

16

Madrid

4

Milan

4

Moscow and Minsk

12

Munich

6

Oslo

4

Paris

10

Prague

4

Rome

8

Sofia

4

Stockholm

5

The Hague

7

Holy See

2

Vienna

14

Warsaw

5

Total

185

Grand Total

721

ANNEXURE C

NUMBER OF FOREIGN STAFF EMPLOYED AT EACH MISSION: AFRICA MISSIONS

 

Mission

Number of foreign staff employed at mission

Abidjan

16

Abuja

24

Accra

15

Addis Ababa

71

Algiers

16

Antananarivo

12

Asmara

6

Bamako

10

Bangui

0

Bissau

13

Brazzaville

16

Bujumbura

11

Cairo

21

Conakry

8

Cotonou

9

Dakar

14

Dar Es Salaam

13

Gaborone

19

Harare

20

Juba

6

Kampala

15

Khartoum

12

Kigali

16

Kinshasa

25

Lagos

11

Libreville

10

Lilongwe

15

Luanda

23

Lubumbashi

12

Lusaka

13

Malabo

17

Maputo

41

Maseru

11

Mbabane

13

Monrovia

11

Moroni

10

Nairobi

20

N'djamena

6

Niamey

5

Nouakchott

9

Ouagadougou

10

Port Louis

11

Rabat

9

Sao Tome

4

Tunis

10

Windhoek

16

Yaounde

9

Total

684

   

NUMBER OF FOREIGN STAFF EMPLOYED AT EACH MISSION : ASIA AND MIDDLE EAST MISSIONS

Mission

Number of foreign staff employed at mission

Abu Dhabi

8

Amman

8

Astana

12

Bangkok

13

Beijing

23

Canberra

17

Colombo

9

Damascus

7

Doha

7

Dubai

10

Hanoi

14

Hong Kong

9

Islamabad

18

Jakarta

10

Jeddah

10

Kuala Lumpur

11

Kuwait City

10

Manila

8

Mumbai

15

Muscat

9

New Delhi

22

Ramallah

9

Riyadh

18

Seoul

14

Shanghai

13

Singapore

9

Suva

5

Taipei

13

Tehran

13

Tel Aviv

13

Tokyo

21

Wellington

6

Total

384

   

NUMBER OF FOREIGN STAFF EMPLOYED AT EACH MISSION : AMERICAS MISSIONS

Mission

Number of foreign staff employed at mission

Brasilia

25

Buenos Aires

10

Caracas

9

Chicago

11

Havana

31

Kingston

7

Lima

11

Los Angeles

9

Mexico City

14

New York (Cg)

22

New York (Un)

12

Ottawa

12

Port Of Spain

6

Santiago

10

Sao Paulo

12

Toronto

7

Washington

35

Total

243

 

NUMBER OF FOREIGN STAFF EMPLOYED AT EACH MISSION : EUROPE MISSIONS

Mission

Number of foreign staff employed at mission

Ankara

14

Athens

12

Berlin

33

Berne

13

Brussels

36

Bucharest

7

Budapest

10

Copenhagen

9

Dublin

11

Geneva

17

Helsinki

10

Kyiv

10

Lisbon

13

London

48

Madrid

15

Milan

9

Moscow

21

Munich

11

Oslo

7

Paris

29

Prague

11

Rome

19

Sofia

9

Stockholm

9

The Hague

18

The Holy See

4

Vienna

26

Warsaw

12

Total

443

Grand Total

1754

11 May 2018 - NW987

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

How much land does (a) her department and (b) the entities reporting to her (i) own, (ii) have exclusive rights to and/or (iii) lease from the State to (aa) use and/or (bb) occupy?

Reply:

(a)(i)(ii) and (ii) I have been advised that the Department leases two land parcels from the Department of Public Works, namely 460 Soutpansberg Road, Pretoria on which the O R Tambo building (DIRCO Head Office) is situated as well as land in Matroosberg Avenue, Waterkloof, Pretoria, on which the Johnny Makatini diplomatic guest house is situated.

(b)(i)(ii) & (iii) None.

16 April 2018 - NW806

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Van Der Walt, Ms D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What amount has her department (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on the VIP (i) lounges and (ii) services at the (aa) O R Tambo, (bb) Cape Town and (cc) King Shaka International Airports (aaa) in each of the past five financial years and (bbb) since 1 April 2017?

Reply:

I wish to preface my reply by providing background information on services provided by the State Protocol Lounges (SPLs) which in essence is part (ii) of the Honourable Member’s question.

1. SPLs are facilities provided by the South African Government to facilitate the efficient arrival and departure during domestic and international transit of the President, Deputy President, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, as well as Foreign Heads of States. South African Ministers are facilitated during their international travels only. The State Protocol Lounges are located at OR Tambo (ORTIA), Cape Town (CTIA) and King Shaka (KSTIA) International Airports. The ORTIA and CTIA are rented facilities properties from ACSA and the King Shaka is government owned and the Department only pays the lease for land.

2. All three Lounges operate daily from 06h00-22h00. Arrivals and departures that fall outside the normal working hours are facilitated as per need. During major events e.g. Summits, Conferences, State and Official visits, the SPL work in collaboration with other Airport Stakeholders such as ACSA, SAPS, Immigration, Customs, etc. to ensure smooth facilitations.

3. The State Protocol Lounges services are rendered freely to the VIP. The Department, through the Directorate: SPL budgets for catering in all three Lounges. The budget is centralised in and not broken down per State Protocol Lounge. However, the budget for the rental and upkeep of the Lounges is with the Business Unit: Facilities Management, which also budgets for fuel and maintenance of service vehicles.

4. The services rendered by the State Protocol Lounges include; checking-in of VIPs, clearing of passports with Immigration during international travel, transportation to and from the lounge and the aircraft. The VIPs are also served non-alcoholic beverages.

5. In 2016/17, for instance, the facilitations conducted through all three State Protocol Lounges were 27 333. Figures for 2017/18 are indicated below:

  • In the 1st Quarter of 2017/18 faciltations conducted were 7 139.
  • In the 2nd quarter of 2017/18 faciltations conducted were 7 148.
  • In the 3rd quarter of 2017/18 facilitations conducted were 7 753.

The information requested by the Honourable Member is provided below:

(a) State Protocol Lounge Budget for:

(i) VIP Lounges (rental, utilities and cleaning services)

Lounge

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/2017

(aa) ORTIA

1 640 957

2 360 112

2 607 624

2 881 440

3 179 400

(bb) CTIA

1 647 939

1 818 660

1 976 608

2 148 708

2 335 560

(cc) KSIA

2 218 005

2 417 340

2 580 396

2 755 560

2 943 852

(ii) Services

The VIPs are chauffeured to and from the aircrafts on the airside. They are also provided with non-alcoholic beverages whilst waiting in the State Protocol Lounges. To this end, the total budget of all the services rendered at:

(aa) OR Tambo International Airport

(bb) Cape Town International Airport

(cc) King Shaka International Airport

 

Over the past five years is as follows:

(aaa)

Period

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Groceries

100 008

138 356

192 602

194 575

294 936

Fuel

Total budget for fuel is centralised in the Transport Section.

(b) Expenditure on the VIP

(i) Lounges (rental, utilities and cleaning services)

 

Lounge

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/2017

(aa) ORTIA

2 136 037

2 360 112

2 607 624

2 881 440

3 179 400

(bb) CTIA

1 647 939

1 818 660

1 976 608

2 148 708

2 335 560

(cc) KSIA

2 218 005

2 417 340

2 580 396

2 755 560

2 943 852

(ii) Services

The VIPs are chauffeured to and from the aircrafts on the airside. They are also provided with non-alcoholic beverages whilst waiting in the State Protocol Lounge. To this end, the total expenditure of all the services rendered at:

(aa) OR Tambo International Airport

(bb) Cape Town International Airport

(cc) King Shaka International Airport

 

Over the past five years is reflected as follows:

Period

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Catering

172 363

138 356

192 602

194 575

294 936

Period

20140301 – 20180226

Fuel

705 324.38

(bbb) Budget and Expenditure from 01 April 2017 to 28 February 2018

 

VIP Lounges

Lounge

Budget

Expenditure

ORTIA

3 519 312

3 519 312

CTIA

2 538 648

2 538 648

KSIA

3 146 330

3 146 330

Services

Item

Budget

Expenditure

Catering

206 177

107 711

16 April 2018 - NW743

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

What role, if any, does South Africa continue to play in fighting for the sovereignty and freedom of Western Sahara?

Reply:

South Africa pursues a pan Africanist foreign policy, which amongst others seeks to promote the decolonisation of the African Continent. To this end, since 2004 South Africa recognized the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) as a full member of the African Union (AU). South Africa has been consistent in her support for the right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination and independence. South Africa’s support is consistent with the United Nations (UN) Declaration on Decolonization and in accordance with the UN Resolution 1514 of 1960 which emphasized on the inalienable right of the indigenous people of the Western Sahara to total independence as well as the AU Roadmap towards a speedy peaceful resolution to the conflict which was reaffirmed by the recent 30th AU Summit held in Addis Ababa in January 2018.

South Africa further supports the right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination, first as a State and later SADR’s admission to the African Union. South Africa’s solidarity with the SADR is not only historical and principled but practical. Since South Africa’s recognition of the SADR, South Africa continues to provide technical assistance and humanitarian support to the people of Western Sahara.

Furthermore, the South African and SADR governments on 29th March 2018 in Pretoria signed the Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Technical Assistance and Exchange of Notes on Humanitarian Assistance that will provide for the release of R10 million in humanitarian aid to assist in the provision of emergency shelter, nutrition, medical care, child protection and education in the Western Sahara refugee camps located in south-west Algeria as well as an annual R1, 771 000.00 for technical support to the SADR Embassy in Pretoria.

In addition, South Africa sponsored a decision for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to hold a solidarity conference on Western Sahara. The solidarity conference is expected to be convened during the course of this year.

16 April 2018 - NW305

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

(1)What is the (a) monthly rental and (b) size of the (i) High Commission and (ii) Consulates situated in the United Kingdom; (2) when does the lease for the High Commission in London expire; (3) what is the (a) optimal and (b) actual staffing complement of the High Commission, including staff from all departments?

Reply:

(1) (a)(i) The monthly rental paid for the High Commission (South Africa House) is £1,560.00 This is a 99 year lease from the Crown where the South African Government owns the building but not the land.

(ii) The monthly rental paid for the Consulate (15 Whitehall) is £64,220.89 which is used for the Department of Home Affairs Offices.

(b)(i) South Africa House is comprised of six floors above ground and three floors below ground.

(ii) The 15 Whitehall is comprised of four floors.

(2) The 99 year lease for South Africa House expires on 10 October 2029.

(3) (a) The optimal staffing complement of the High Commission including staff from all departments should be 30 transferred officials and 60 Locally Recruited Staff.

(b) The actual staff complement of the High Commission including staff from all departments is 25 Transferred Officials and 57 Locally Recruited Staff.

29 March 2018 - NW717

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Motau, Mr SC to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)Whether her department has a sexual harassment and assault policy in place; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will her department have such a policy in place; if so, (i) how are reports investigated and (ii) what are the details of the consequence management and sanctions stipulated by the policy; (2) (a) what is the total number of incidents of sexual harassment and assault that have been reported in her department (i) in each of the past three financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2017, (b) what number of cases were (i) opened and concluded, (ii) withdrawn and (iii) remain open based on the incidents and (c) what sanctions were issued for each person who was found to have been guilty?

Reply:

(1) The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has advised that it has a Sexual Harassment Policy in line with our obligation to provide a safe, healthy and amiable working environment. The said policy was approved in November 2017.

(i) The Labour Relations Unit of the Department deals with Sexual Harassment cases in terms of the provisions of the Labour Relations Act (No 66 of 1995).

(ii) The unit referred to above has been delegated the power to impose disciplinary sanctions should an employee be found guilty of an offence of sexual harassment, which may include any of the following or a combination of them:

  • Counselling
  • Verbal warning
  • Written warning
  • Final written warning
  • Suspension or a fine
  • Demotion as an alternative
  • Dismissal

2. (a) (i) None.

(ii) None.

(b) Not applicable.

29 March 2018 - NW358

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King, Ms C to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(a) What is the total amount that was (i) budgeted for and (ii) spent on her private office (aa) in each of the past three financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2017 and (b) what was the (i) remuneration, (ii) salary level, (iii) job title, (iv) qualification and (v) job description of each employee appointed in her private office in each of the specified periods?

Reply:

I have not fully acquainted myself with the Annual Reports of the past three financial years. We are receiving briefings intermittently as we continue with our international programme.

26 March 2018 - NW20

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

Whether, with reference to the reply of the Minister of Home Affairs to question 1922 on 12 July 2017, any members of certain families (names furnished) have been issued with official diplomatic passports; if so, (a) when and (b) what are the reasons?

Reply:

My Department has advised me that no applications for diplomatic passports have been received nor processed for any members of the families referred by the Honourable Member.

(a) Not applicable.

(b) Not applicable.

26 March 2018 - NW306

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

(a) What number of South African citizens are currently living abroad, (b) in which country does each citizen reside and (c) in which countries do we have (i) embassies, (ii) high commissions and (iii) consulates?

Reply:

(a) The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) does not have the information requested by the Honourable Member. DIRCO does not keep such statistics as it is not required to do so.

(b) Please refer to (a) above.

(a) Countries where we have:

(i) EMBASSIES

 

BRANCH RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MISSION

MISSION

COUNTRY

TYPE OF MISSION

Africa

Algiers

Algeria

Embassy

Africa

Luanda

Angola

Embassy

Africa

Cotonou

Benin

Embassy

Africa

Ouagadougou

Burkina Faso

Embassy

Africa

Bujumbura

Burundi

Embassy

Africa

Bangui

Central African Republic

Embassy

Africa

N'djamena

Chad

Embassy

Africa

Moroni

Comoros

Embassy

Africa

Brazzaville

Congo

Embassy

Africa

Abidjan

Cote D'Ivoire

Embassy

Africa

Kinshasa

DR Congo

Embassy

Africa

Cairo

Egypt

Embassy

Africa

Malabo

Equatorial Guinea

Embassy

Africa

Asmara

Eritrea

Embassy

Africa

Libreville

Gabon

Embassy

Africa

Conakry

Guinea

Embassy

Africa

Bissau

Guinea Bissau

Embassy

Africa

Monrovia

Liberia

Embassy

Africa

Antananarivo

Madagascar

Embassy

Africa

Bamako

Mali

Embassy

Africa

Nouakchott

Mauritania

Embassy

Africa

Rabat

Morocco

Embassy

Africa

Niamey

Niger

Embassy

Africa

Khartoum

North Sudan

Embassy

Africa

Kigali

Rwanda

Embassy

Africa

Sao Tome

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23 March 2018 - NW307

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

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Home Affairs to question 3705 on 4 December 2017, has the (a) Independent Electoral Commission and/or (b) the Department of Home Affairs approached her department with regard to increasing the number of overseas voting stations; if so, (i) on what dates did the meeting(s) take place and (ii) what was the outcome of each meeting?

Reply:

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) have met and discussed the issue of increasing the number of overseas voting stations. The said meeting took place on 21 February 2018.

I have been advised that the matter has not been finalised yet and the Honourable Member will be informed once the IEC has made a determination on whether or not to increase the number of voting stations abroad.

14 March 2018 - NW323

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Brauteseth, Mr TJ to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What amount did (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her spend on the promotion or celebration of the Year of O R Tambo on the (i) Africa News Network 7 channel, (ii) SA Broadcasting Corporation (aa) television channels and (bb) radio stations, (iii) national commercial radio stations and (iv) community (aa) television and (bb) radio stations since 1 January 2017?

Reply:

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation and the African Renaissance and International Cooperation Fund have advised me that they did not spend any funds on promoting or celebrating the Year of OR Tambo.

 

22 December 2017 - NW3712

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

Whether she has taken measures to ensure that consequence management steps are taken against the officials who have been found guilty of flouting supply chain management processes as recommended by the Auditor-General in the audit of her department’s 2016-17 annual financial statements if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details

Reply:

Yes. I have instructed the Director-General to undertake investigations on matters raised by the Auditor-General. Where officials are found to have contravened supply chain management processes, they will be held accountable through disciplinary hearing process. The disciplinary process will determine appropriate sanctions where official/s are found guilty of flounting supply chain management processes.

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22 December 2017 - NW3006

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

1. What is the (a) total amount that was paid out in bonuses to the employees in her Department and (b) detailed breakdown of the bonus that was paid to each employee in each salary level in the 2016/2017 Financial year? 2. What is the (a) total estimated amount that .will be paid out in bonuses to employees in her Department and the (b) detailed breakdown of the bonus that will be paid out to each employee in each salary level in the 2017 /2018 financial year? NW3325E

Reply:

1.
(a) The total amount to be paid out in bonuses to employees is not yet determined.
(b) The detailed breakdown of the bonus will be made only after they have been determined.
2. 
(a) The total amount that will be paid out in bonuses to employees in the 2017/2018 financial year will be determined during the 2018/2019 financial year.
(b) The detailed breakdown of the bonus is not yet determined but will be considered by 2018/2019 financial year.


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21 December 2017 - NW3810

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Maimane, Mr MA to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

With reference to the reply of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma, to question 3262 on 10 November 2017, what was the (a) total cost and (b) detailed breakdown of the costs of logistical arrangements of the 10 international trips that the President undertook during the period 6 April 2016 to 10 February 2017, as indicated in the Presidency’s 2016-17 Annual Report? The proposed answer to the questions is contained in the annexure and it is recommended that the attached draft reply be approved.

Reply:

The Question is not specific as to which 10 trips are being referred to as the President undertook more than 10 international trips during the period in question

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19 December 2017 - NW3611

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any entity reporting to her own land; if so, in each case, (i) where is each plot of land located, (ii) what is the size of each specified plot and (iii) what is each plot currently being used for?

Reply:

Re (a)(i), (ii) and (iii) above: The Department owns the land in the following countries:

Country

Location

Size

Current

Utilisation

New Delhi, India

Plot no 28A, Chanakyapuri

3321 sq/m

Vacant land

Juba, South Sudan

Plot 6 Block AXV(2), Juba

11000 sq/m

Vacant land

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Plot 29 D, Diplomatic Quarter

6298 sq/m

Vacant land

Kigali, Rwanda

Erf 841, 2530 Boulevard de L’Umuganda, Kacyiru Sud, District of Gasabo

6724 sq/m

Vacant land

Dakar, Senegal

Lot 09, Roosevelt Prolongee, Rue Sandiniery,

1700 sq/m

Vacant land

Bamako, Mali

Plot 2289, 2288, 2290, Du Lotissement de ACI2000 Hamdallaye, Mamdallaye

10920 sq/m

Vacant land

Mbabane, Swaziland

Plot 551, 553, 554, Lukhalo Road, Dalraichbane

8812 sq/m

Vacant land

Mbabane, Swaziland

Plot 96, Corner Luvivane Street and Pine Valley Drive, Dalraich

1 0192 sq/m

Vacant land

Mbabane, Swaziland

Plot 89, Libhubezi Street, Dalraich

4444 sq/m

Vacant land

Mbabane, Swaziland

Plot 196, Corner of Smhlolo and Karl Grant Street, CBD

2290 sq/m

Vacant land

Montevideo, Uruguay

Plot 415 860, 1919 Lieja, Carrasco

2394 sq/m

Vacant land

Gaborone, Botswana

Plot 5373, Extension 11, President’s Way

4496 sqm

Vacant land

Blantyre, Malawi

Plot LK 121, Chiuta Road, Namiwawa

1 030 Acres

Unoccupied property

Blantyre, Malawi

Plot LK122, Chiuta Road, Namiwawa

0.9989 Acres

Unoccupied property

Walvis Bay, Namibia

30, 9th Street West

906 sq/m

Unoccupied property

Walvis Bay, Namibia

16, 6th Road West, Meersig

1007 sq/m

Unoccupied property

Walvis Bay, Namibia

31m 2nd Street North, Meersig

1000 sq/m

Unoccupied property

Walvis Bay, Namibia

54, 1 Street North, Meersig

1000 sq/m

Unoccupied property

Windhoek, Namibia

75 Richter Street, Pioniers Park

1125 sq/m

Unoccupied property

Windhoek, Namibia

13 Charles Winslow Street, Olympia

1150 sq/m

Unoccupied property

Windhoek, Namibia

58 Malcom Spencer Street, (20 Danie Joubert Street), Olympia

1404 sq/m

Unoccupied property

Windhoek, Namibia

87 Bulow Street (Van Rhyn) (Dr Frans Indongo Street) Windhoek Central

1333 sq/m

Unoccupied property

Windhoek, Namibia

29 Regionald Walker Street, Olympia (29 Jason Hamutenya Ndadi Street)

1337 sq/m

Unoccupied property

Banjul,

The Gambia

AU House No 101, Brufut Gardens, Kombo North District, Western Division

478.80 sq/m

Unoccupied property

Paris, France

Lock up garage, No B 67, Fraction No 93, 17,19,21 and 23 Rue de Chaillot, Basement 2, Cedex

 

Parking Bay

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Edificia St Andrews, Rigati, N2, 22nd Floor, Apartment 221, Block A, Santo Amaro

641 sq/m

Unoccupied property

Bonn, Germany

Rudiger Street, 22-24, 53179, Bonn-Mehlem,

4876 sq/m

Unoccupied property

Bonn, Germany

Auf de Hostert 3, 53173, Bonn-Plittersdorf

4767 sq/m

Unoccupied property

Brasilia, Brazil

Apartment 303, Leme Building, Setor de Habitacoes Coletivas Sul, Super Quandra 113, Building C, Asa Sul

145.55 sq/m

Unoccupied property

Brasilia, Brazil

Lot 2 of 4 01/08 of SHI Sul, Setor Habitacuional Individual Sul, QL-08 Conjunto 02, Lago Sul

1312.50 sq/m

Unoccupied property

Zurich, Switzerland

Langwisstrasse 17, Zumikon

2602 sq/m

Unoccupied property

Funchal, Portugal

Sitio dos Porinais, Camino do Pico, Sao Martinho

492 sq/m

Unoccupied property

 

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19 December 2017 - NW3738

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Wether (a) her department or any entities reporting to it, procured services from Travel With Flair (Pty) Ltd? If yes (b) in each instance what was procured? (c) in each instance how much was Travel With Flair paid? 2. In cases where they provided services related to international tavel, (a) who travelled, (b) what was the travel route, and (c) how much was Travel With Flair paid? NW4230E

Reply:

1. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has not procured services from Travel With Flair (Pty) Ltd.

2. The Department has not procured services related to international travel from the service provider in question.

(a) Not applicable

b) Not applicable

c) Not applicable

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

NONE

19 December 2017 - NW3964

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Gqada, Ms T to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

(1) Whether any of the Deputy Ministers of her department accompanied the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma, to meet the President of the Russian Federation, Mr Vladimir Putin, in August 2014 in Novo-Ogariovo; if so, (a) was nuclear energy discussed at the meeting and (b) was the meeting related to the intergovernmental agreement with Russia that was signed a month later? NW4510E

Reply:

1. Yes. Deputy Minister Mfeketo.

a) No, the nuclear energy issue was not discussed.

b) According to the official statement that was issued by the Presidency following the meeting, no reference was made to a specific intergovernmental agreement.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Please see the attached official statement on the bilateral meeting issued by the Presidency following the said meeting of the Presidents.

UNQUOTE

Both Presidents committed themselves to working together and with each in strengthening bilateral relations of both countries and further cementing the existing warm relations between the two countries for the economic and social development of their peoples.

Enquiries: Mac Maharaj on 079 879 3203 or macmaharaj@icloud.com

Issued by: The Presidency

Pretoria

Statement on the Bilateral Meeting between President Zuma and President Putin, at the Novo-Ogarevo Presidential Residence, Moscow, Russia

28 August 2014

The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma met with his counterpart the President of the Russian Federation, His Excellency Mr Vladimir Putin, in a bilateral meeting at Novo-Ogarevo Presidential Residence just outside Moscow in Russia. 

The two presidents deliberated around a host of issues that affect the two countries, and discussed how they could further strengthen and consolidate the good bilateral relations that exist between the two countries. The two leaders also discussed ways to strengthen the existing bilateral agreements and mutual cooperation. 

President Putin welcomed the visit by President Zuma to Russia, and praised the good bilateral relations and cooperation that exist between South Africa and Russia. He further encouraged both countries to work together in implementing the decisions that were taken last year during the state visit of South Africa to Russia. He emphasized the need for Russian and South African Ministers to work together in taking forward the bilateral agreements.

President Putin further commended the work that has been done by the joint Russia-South Africa Business Council which saw a rise in trade between South Africa and Russia which grew by 13 percent in 2013 which represents a significant growth in trade between the two countries. He commended this growth saying that investment from Russia to South Africa now stands at over a billion US dollars a year. 

President Putin reaffirmed his commitment and that of his country to work together with South Africa on a number of issues that face the globe including participation in peace-making and peace-keeping efforts spearheaded by South Africa in the continent. He briefed President Zuma on the situation in the Ukraine and underlined his commitment to finding a peaceful solution to the crisis. 

The Russian President further sought the assistance and support of South Africa when Russia takes over the leadership of BRICS next year. He further appealed for the strengthening of tourism, cultural exchanges and people to people relationships between our two countries and committed his country to further working with South Africa on educational exchanges. 

The two Presidents also discussed issues around the developments in the Middle East, in particular around the resolution of the Israeli-Palestine conflict through peaceful means. Both countries committed themselves to finding a lasting peaceful solution. President Zuma, also apprised President Putin around the role of South Africa and its work around this matter through sending its two special envoys. The security situation of the African continent was also discussed and assistance sought on peaceful missions that South Africa is involved in, including request for support of the African Capacity to Respond to Immediate Crisis (ACIRIC) process. 

President Zuma, also apprised President Putin around the developments in South Africa which has recently came out of elections with a clear mandate from the population of implementing programmes of job creation, eradicating poverty, unemployment and inequality, he sought support from Russia on the implementation of the new government’s priorities around the delivery of basic services like water, sanitation, energy, education, agriculture and tourism. 

President Zuma also raised the matter of the repatriation of South African fallen heroes who are buried in Russia, including Ivor David Jones, J.B. Marks and Moses Kotane. He thanked the government of Russia for taking care of the heroes who are buried in Moscow and he indicated that there are discussions and arrangements that are ongoing between Russia and South Africa about how the repatriation process should be handled.  

19 December 2017 - NW2845

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

“Have the eight irregularities in the procurement process of her department been investigated: if so, what is the outcome; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will the eight irregularities be investigated?”

Reply:

Quote:

1. The investigation has commenced and is ongoing.

a) Not applicable

b) It is anticipated that the investigation will be concluded by end of Febraury.

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18 December 2017 - NW3711

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether any steps has been taken to ensure that officials adhere to (a) supply chain management and (b) procurement processes; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has taken the following steps to ensure officials adhere to

a) supply chain management;

 i) Revised the Supply Chain Management Framework alignment with the various National Treasury SCM Instructions.

 (ii) Developed Financial Misconduct Policy and Procedure.

 (iii) Revised the Financial Delegation of Authorities consistent with the National Treasury approved threshold.

 (iv) Established an Internal Control Unit to monitor compliance and further enhance effectiveness of the internal controls.

b) procurement process;

  1. Established three bid committee to facilitate procurements for threshold of above R500 000.
  2. Centralised procurement of above R30 000 but not exceeding R500 000 to leverage on economics of scale.
  3. Trained all supply chain practitioners, both at Head Office and missions abroad.
  4. Trained all end-user officials involved with procurement of goods and services.
  5. Signed a declaration of interest, including the code of conduct as well as Financial Misconduct Policy.

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18 December 2017 - NW3575

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Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(a) What is the total number of supplier invoices that currently remain unpaid by (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her for more than (aa) 30 days, (bb) 60 days, (cc) 90 days and (dd) 120 days and (b) what is the total amount outstanding in each case?

Reply:

i) The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has 223 invoices that were not paid within 30 days. The bulk of unpaid invoices relate to unresolved contractual obligations that needed to be finalised before the payment is processed. The negotiations in ralations to unpaid invoices has been concluded and payments will be released before the end of the third quarter.

ii) An entity of the department African Rennaisance Fund (ARF) does not have any invoices older than 30 days.

(aa) 99 unpaid invoices for more than 30 days

(bb) 88 unpaid invoices for more than 60 days

(cc) 39 unpaid invoices for more than 90 days

(dd) 7 unpaid invoices for more than 120 days

b) Total amount outstanding per age analysis.

No. of days

30 days

60 days

90 days

120+ days

Totals

No. of outstanding invoices

99

88

39

7

223

Total amount

22 ,833,717.80

11,460,999. 09

9,875,567.16

544, 882.13

44, 715, 166.18

Refer to the attached annexure.

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18 December 2017 - NW3995

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

(1)What are the terms of reference of the Oversight Committee of the Southern African (2) whether the Oversight Committee has achieved its mandate to date; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) (a) what are the terms of reference of the establishment of the multidimensional SADC standby force in Lesotho and (b) on what date is its mandate ending; (4) has the contingent mission achieved its mandate in Lesotho; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW4541E

Reply:

1. The Oversight Committee of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in the Kingdom of Lesotho Committee is appointed to:

a) Act as an overall monitoring body and early warning mechanism in the event of signs of instability.

b) Follow up and support the implementation of the recommendations of the SADC Facilitator’s Report, in particular constitutional and security reforms.

c) Follow up on the implementation of SADC decisions and the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry.

d) Liaise and work closely with the Government of Lesotho and all relevant stakeholders.

e) Examine any other matters relevant to the SADC decisions on the Political and Security situation in the Kingdom of Lesotho.

f) Propose appropriate intervention measures in consultation with the SADC Facilitator.

g) The Oversight Committee shall compile and submit, to the Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, monthly reports of its activities.

h) The Oversight Committee shall compile and submit, to the Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, a final report eight (8) days after the completion of its assignment.

REPLY:

2. Yes. The Oversight Committee has achieved its mandate.

The Oversight Committee has been on the ground in the Kingdom of Lesotho, serving as adeterrent, since 3 June 2015, after the Double Troika Summit held in Pretoria, South Africa, approved its establishmentto act as an overall monitoring body and early warning mechanism in the event of signs of instability, and intervene as appropriate in consultation with the SADC Facilitator. The Oversight Committee continuously files reports to the SADC Facilitator on developments in the country and has engaged relevant stakeholders in the Kingdom of Lesotho for the implementation of SADC decisions and its presence has proven useful to stabilise the Kingdom.

REPLY:

3 (a) The terms of reference, as approved by the Double Troika Summit of 15 September 2017, of the Contingent Mission are as follows:

  1. to strengthen peace and security, implement Security Sector Reforms, and implement the recommendations of the SADC Commission of Enquiry;
  2. monitor and ensure that the rule of law is complied with in the process of implementing the recommendations of the SADC Commission of Enquiry;
  3. identify immediate areas of priority that are to be implemented urgently, including the specific amendments in the Constitution, and amendments of the LDF and LMPS Acts with a view to ensuring separation of powers between the Army and Police;
  4. to support the Kingdom of Lesotho in undertaking re-training of its personnel especially in the area of Civil Military Relations (CIMIC);
  5. to monitor and assist where necessary in the investigation of the assassinations of Lt. Gen Motšomotšo and other alleged killings in Lesotho; and
  6. lend assistance in the implementation of Constitutional, Public and Security Sector reforms and monitor the implementation of SADC Decisions;

(b) The Preventative Mission was officially launched on 2 December 2017 and the deployment would be for a period of 6 months.

REPLY:

4. The Contingent Mission was only officially launched on 02 December 2017 for a period of 6 months and thus an evaluation of its mandate can only be done after 6 months.

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18 December 2017 - NW3994

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

(1)   Whether the former President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Mr Robert Mugabe, has submitted an application for political asylum and/or refugee status in South Africa; if so, what are the relevant details; 2) What is the official position with regard to granting political asylum and/or refugee status to former political leaders once ousted; (3) What are the details of the roles that (a) South Africa and (b) the Southern African Development Community will play in the transition period in the Republic of Zimbabwe?

Reply:

1. No application has been received from former President Mugabe seeking an application for political asylum and/or refugee status in South Africa.

(2)    The Government of the Republic of South Africa has an obligation to grant protection to refugees and other persons in need of protection under a number of Conventions such as the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

(3)     To date, the Republic of Zimbabwe has not requested assistance from South Africa or the SADC during this transitional period.

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Additional information

However, following the developments in Zimbabwe, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma in his capacity as Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) issued a press statement on 15 November 2017, in which he noted with great concern the unfolding political situation in the Republic of Zimbabwe, and called for calm and restraint, and expressed hope that the developments would not lead to unconstitutional changes of Government as that would be contrary to both SADC and the African Union Principles.

President Zuma, in his capacity as Chair of SADC, dispatched a Special Envoy to Harare, Zimbabwe on 15 November 2017, and the Special Envoy met with President Robert Mugabe and the Army Generals on 16 November 2017.

Following these developments, a meeting of the Organ Troika Plus Chair of the SADC Ministerial Committee was convened in Gaborone, Republic of Botswana on 16 November 2017 to consider the unfolding political situation in Zimbabwe.

The Organ Troika Plus Chair of SADC Ministerial Committee Meeting reaffirmed SADC’s commitment to the African Union (AU) Constitutive Act and the SADC Democratic Principles as they relate to the unconstitutional removal of democratically elected Governments. All stakeholders were urged to ensure the observance and respect of the constitution of the Republic of Zimbabwe and the rule of law.

The Organ Troika Plus SADC Chair Summit was held in Luanda, in the Republic of Angola on 21 November 2017 to deliberate on the unfolding political situation in the Republic of Zimbabwe, and resolved that President Zuma, in his capacity as SADC Chairperson, and H.E João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Organ on Politics Defence and Security Cooperation will immediately undertake a mission to Zimbabwe on 22 November, 2017 to assess the situation.

On 21 November 2017, His Excellency, President Robert Gabriel Mugabe, stepped down from his position of Head of State and Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Following this, the mission to Zimbabwe on 22 November 2017 was cancelled. SADC is confident that Zimbabwe, as a member to both the AU and SADC, will continue upholding Democratic Principles enshrined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

18 December 2017 - NW3709

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether any disciplinary steps have been taken against her department’s Chief Information Officer; if not, why not; if so (a) why were the steps taken; (b) what are the details of the steps that have been taken and (c) what were the findings and sentence imposed?

Reply:

1. The investigation has been concluded and subsequent steps are being considered by the Department.

a) Subsequent steps are being considered.

b) No steps have yet to be taken;

c) Findings and sanctions will depend on the steps outlined in (a) and (b).

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15 December 2017 - NW3164

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1) What are the details including the ranks of service providers and/or contractors from which (a) her department and (b) the entities reporting to her procured services in the past five years; (2) what (a) service was provided by each service provider and/or contractor and (b) amount was each service provider and/or contractor paid; (3) (a) how many of these service providers are black-owned entities, (b) what contract was each of the black-owned service providers awarded and (c) how much was each black-owned service provider paid? NW3488E

Reply:

The Department utilises many service providers over the a wide range of service areas. The number of service providers utilised by the Department over the past five years is average. In accordance with the kind of services the Department renders.

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15 December 2017 - NW1973

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Mokgalapa, Mr S to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

Whether a certain senior official in her department (name furnished), has security clearance; if not, why (a) was her security clearance denied and (b) is she still acting Consul-General?

Reply:

a) The mandate for granting or denying security clearances falls within the mandate of State Security Agency (SSA). SSA grants or denies security clearances on the basis of reasons gathered from their own investigations.

b) She has never acted as Consul-General.

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