Questions and Replies

10 August 2017 - NW1791

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

(1)Which entities reporting to her (a) have a board in place and (b) do not have a board in place, (i) of those that have a board, (aa) when was each individual board member appointed and (bb) when is the term for each board lapsing and (ii) how many (aa) board members are there in each board and (bb) of those board members of each entity are female NW1999E

Reply:

(1) African Renaissance and International Cooperation Fund (a) No, it does not have a board. In terms of the ARF ACT 51 OF 2000 6(3), the Director General is the Accounting Officer of the Fund in terms of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 (Act No.1 of 1999).

(2) with reference to entities that do not have boards in place,

(a) who is responsible for appointing the board and (b) when will a board be appointed?

REPLY:

There is no Board. In terms of the ARF Act 51 of 2000 6(3), the Director General is the Accounting Officer of the Fund in terms of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 (Act No.1 of 1999).

 

31 July 2017 - NW1607

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

What is the position of her department on the current genocide carried out on the people of West Papua by the Indonesian government

Reply:

The South African Government was not aware of any genocide on Indonesian territory. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation will continue to monitor developments in this regard. The issue was not on the agenda of the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council in March 2017.

31 July 2017 - NW428

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

(1) (a) How many South Africans have travelled to Syria since January 2016 and (b) what was the stated purpose of each trip; (2) how many South Africans are still in Syria; (3) (a) how many South Africans have died in Syria in the past three years and (b) what was the cause of death in each case?

Reply:

1. (a) According to the Syrian Embassy in South Africa, during the period under discussions, 27 South Africans visited Syria;

(b) Fourteen (14) government officials, eight (8) individuals attended a wedding, two (2) visited relatives, two (2) agricultural and technical experts and one (1) normal visit.

2. According to the South African Embassy in Syria, there are 9 South Africans residing in Syria.

3. (a) From both the South African and Syrian governments, no South African’s has been reported dead.

(b) Not applicable.

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31 July 2017 - NW1725

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Kalyan, Ms SV to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

Whether any staff of (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her were awarded any contracts or agreements to conduct business with any state entity in the (i) 2014-15 (ii) 2015-16 and (iii) 2016-17 financial years; if so, what are the (aa)(aaa) names and (bbb) professional designations of the staff members and (bb)(aaa) details of the contract(s) and/or agreement(s) awarded and (bbb) amounts in each case?

Reply:

(a)(b) Yes, the Department received a list of names of officials conducting business with organs of state from the Department of Public Service and Administration. The Department is currently conducting an investigation whether the officials have disclosed their interests and whether they have resigned as a directors of the companies or ceased conducting business with the organ of state.

(aa)(aaa)Name

(bbb)Designation

CJ Smidt

Ambassador

CS Machaba

Clerk

ME Kobe

Administration Officer

FS Magubane

Ambassador

SG Ntanzi

Foreign Service Officer

TM Mogorosi

ICT 1st Secretary

SE Mcinziba

Assistant-Director

LS Ngonyama

Ambassador

BA Mfengwana

Assistant-Director

MB Dombo

Assistant-Director

L Mancoba

Foreign Service Officer

(bb) (aaa) and (bbb) The investigation is ongoing and further details are not available- will be made available as we progress following legal prescripts.

28 June 2017 - NW308

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

(1) With reference to the statement of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma, made during the State of the Nation Address on 9 February 2017, that South Africa will continue mediation efforts, peacekeeping operations and peace-making initiatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo, what is the current status of South Africa’s formal involvement in the specified country? (NW327E)

Reply:

  1. South Africa continues to support MONUSCO (United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) through a deployment of uniformed and other personnel in a multi-dimensional peacekeeping which involves the military, police and the civilian components. MONUSCO’s strategic priorities are to protect civilians, stemming out of violence against women and children perpetuated by armed groups. The current mandate of MONUSCO will expire on 31 March 2017. The UN will provide guidance in terms of the extension of the mandate based on a situational analysis on the ground, particularly in the Eastern DRC and the political developments as the country prepares for the elections by end of 2017.

 

28 June 2017 - NW1492

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

Whether (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her procured any services from and/or made any payments to (i) a certain company (name furnished) or (ii) any other public relations firms; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, what (aa) services were procured, (bb) was the total cost, (cc) is the detailed breakdown of such costs, (dd) was the total amount paid, (ee) was the purpose of the payments and (ff) is the detailed breakdown of such payments?

Reply:

a) The Department of International Relations has not procured the services of any public relations firms

b) No entities reporting to her have procured the services of any other public relations firms.

c) The Department has in house media and public relations units that include media liaison unit, an in-house internet radio station (Ubuntu Radio), and social media platforms. These platforms are utilized to communicate the messages of her Department

28 June 2017 - NW1224

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

Whether (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her has (i) procured any services from and/or (ii) made any payments to the Decolonisation Fund; if not, in each case, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (aa) services were procured, (bb) were the total costs, (cc) is the detailed breakdown of the costs, (dd) were the total amount paid, (ee) was the purpose of the payments and (ff) is the detailed breakdown of the payments in each case?

Reply:

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has not procured any services and made no payment to:

(ii) The Decolonisation Fund, because the department did not require any service(s).

28 June 2017 - NW925

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

(1)Whether there is any position of (a) chief executive officer, (b) chief financial officer and/or (c) chief operating officer that is currently vacant in each entity reporting to her; if so, (i) how long has each specified position been vacant and (ii) what is the reason for each vacancy; (2) have the vacancies been advertised; if so, (a) were interviews done and (b) on what date will the vacancies be filled; (3) (a) what is the total number of persons who are currently employed in the specified positions in an acting capacity, (b) for what period has each person been acting in each position and (c) has any of the specified persons applied for the positions?

Reply:

  1. No
  2. Not applicable
  3. Not applicable

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28 June 2017 - NW784

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

(1)Whether the use of Government letterheads by a certain official (details furnished) to source income for personal projects is an acceptable practice in her department; if so, on what statutory grounds is it an acceptable practice; if not, (2) Whether an investigation has been launched into the alleged misconduct; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will such an investigation be launched; if so, what were the outcomes? NW843E

Reply:

1. The practice of utilising Government letterheads to source income for personal projects is not acceptable in the Public Service,

2. The investigation is currently underway and the outcome will be provided to the relevant managers within two (2) weeks, namely by the 7th April 2017.

28 June 2017 - NW587

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

(1)Whether her department has been requested to assist 29-year old South African Emlyn Culverwell and his fiancée Iryna Nohai who were arrested in an Abu Dhabi hospital; if so, (a) what is the extent of the assistance that her department can provide in a situation like this and (b) can her department intervene in terms of ensuring that the person’s family members or employers are able to make contact with him; (2) what is her department’s policy with regard to (a) requesting the return of a South African citizen in circumstances where a particular country’s law that has been transgressed is not law in South Africa and (b) the punishment meted out for certain offences (details furnished) under the Sharia-based legal system; (3) will her department assist the couple to appoint legal representation; if so, (a) what has been done or will be done in this regard and (b) what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

1. Yes, the Department was requested to provide consular assistance to Mr Culverwell. His fiancée is not a South African citizen but a citizen of the Ukraine.

(a) In such a situation the relevant South African Diplomatic mission will endeavour to establish and maintain contact with the detainee and also undertake a consular visit at the soonest opportunity and at certain intervals thereafter. Family and friends will be kept updated on the wellbeing of the detainee as per consent of the detainee. The payment of financial assistance for the detainee to buy basic necessities in prison, as deposited by the family, will be facilitated as well as the delivery of letters written by family and friends.

(b) A diplomatic mission abroad can only request that a detainee is allowed the contact with family or an employer as provided for by the local regulations in the receiving State. Detainees in the UAE are permitted to make telephone calls to family members and an employer provided they have sufficient funds. Receiving calls are not permitted.

Visits by family members to detainees are allowed in accordance with local regulations. Mr Culverwell did not raise any complaints to the embassy as to not being allowed to call or to receive visitors.

2. (a) When entering a foreign country a South African national subjects him-/herself to all the laws and regulations of that sovereign country whether or not such laws are similar to South African law or not. The South African Government respects the sovereignity of other countries and will not request the return of a South African national based on the mere fact that the particular offence committed is not regarded as an offence in South Africa.

(b) The punishment meted out for offences in a foreign country is determined by the law and the Courts in that particular country and the South African Government cannot intervene in the Court proceedings and judicial processes in a foreign country.

3. (a) and (b). When a South African is arrested abroad the SA Embassy can provide a list of law firms in the country but the choice and appointment of a particular lawyer rests with the person arrested. The SA Government does not provide funds to cover the legal costs of South Africans arrested abroad. In the case of Mr Culverwell in the UAE, his employer appointed legal representation. Mr Culverwell and his fiancée have since been released from detention, but the case has not finalised yet. Their release is equivalent to a free bail in South African terms. The couple is currently at their place of employment and residing at staff accommodation.

 

28 June 2017 - NW488

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

What amount has her department billed each government department for using the VIP (a) lounges and (b) services at each of the country’s airports (i) in the (aa) 2013-14, (bb) 2014-15 and (cc) 2015-16 financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

a) The Department of International Relations and Cooperation offers the services of the State Protocol Lounges at no cost. Therefore Government Departments were not billed for using the State Protocol Lounges.

b) The State Protocol lounges facilitate the arrivals and departures of all qualifying dignitaries on domestic and international flights.

  1. Not applicable
  2. Not applicable

 

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Additional information:

In the previous financial years, the State Protocol Lounge facilitated the following number of dignitaries:

2013/2014

OR Tambo International Airport 15 089

Cape Town International Airport 9 525

King Shaka International Airport 3 941

Total 28 282

2014/2015

OR Tambo International Airport 14 799

Cape Town International Airport 9 628

King Shaka International Airport 3 734

Total 28 161

2015/2016

OR Tambo International Airport 12 102

Cape Town International Airport 6 747

King Shaka International Airport 2 927

Total 21 776

01 April 2016 -28 FEBRUARY 2017

OR Tambo International Airport 12 224

Cape Town International Airport 7 267

King Shaka International Airport 3 261

Total 22 752

GRAND TOTAL OVER 4 YEARS 100 971

28 June 2017 - NW456

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

Whether her department procured any services from and/or made any payments to (a) Mr Mzwanele Manyi, (b) the Progressive Professionals Forum, (c) the Decolonisation Fund and/or (d) the Black Business Council; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what (i) services were procured, (ii) was the total cost, (iii) is the detailed breakdown of such costs, (iv) was the total amount paid, (v) was the purpose of the payments and (vi) is the detailed breakdown of such payments in each case?

Reply:

The Department International Relations and Cooperation has not made any payment to:

  1. Mr Mzwanele Manyi,
  2. The Progressive Professionals Forum,
  3. The Decolonisation Fund, and/or
  4. The Black Business Council; because the department did not utilised any services provided by the above mentioned.
  5. Because the Department did not utilise any services provided by the above mentioned.

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28 June 2017 - NW427

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

How many persons of South Africa’s diplomatic corps have been found guilty of committing any form of crime since her appointment as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 11 May 2009, (b) what are the names of the specified employees, (c) what disciplinary steps will be taken against the specified persons and (d) what measures will be implemented to ensure that persons found guilty of committing any crime will not be appointed as diplomats or officials at South Africa’s foreign missions?

Reply:

Quote:

(a) None

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28 June 2017 - NW360

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Topham , Mr B to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What is the (a) make, (b) model, (c) price and (d) date on which each vehicle was purchased for use by (i) her and (ii) her deputies (aa) in the (aaa) 2014-15 and (bbb) 2015-16 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

i)  With regard to Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, the following:

 

Aaa)

Make

Model

Price

Date

BMW

740i Active Hybrid

R998 137.99

May 2014

Bbb) None

Ccc) None

ii) With regard to Deputy Minister N Mfeketo, the following:

Aaa) None

Bbb) None

ccc)

Make

Model

Price

Date

Mercedes Benz

E250 Avantgarde

R771 570.99

2017

With regard to Deputy Minister L Landers, the following:

Aaa) None

Bbb)

Make

Model

Price

Date

Mercedes Benz

C250 Avantgarde

R506 060.58

2016

ccc) None

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02 June 2017 - NW172

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

a) Whether, with reference to her reply to question 318 on 31 March 2016, the Government has taken any further action to secure the release of Mr Stephen McGowan; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details of the further action the Government took in order to secure his release since her reply and (b) what are the relevant details of the action that the Government intends to take in order to secure his release; b) Whether she has any knowledge of (a) where the specified person has been held and (b) by whom; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; c)Whether the Government is working with and/or assisting any non-governmental organisations to secure the release of the specified person ; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of the (a)non-governmental organisation and (b)assistance being provided to the specified organisations?

Reply:

(a) Yes -Government is involved in a continuum of actions securing the release of Mr Stephen McGowan, involving support from any of the Government Departments when needed. Actions were taken since March 2016, including, but not limited to, considering every viable option to ensure his release. Government continued to liaise with other Governments and agencies who may contribute to effect the release of Mr McGowan. Disclosing any details of actions taken at this stage will not serve a proper purpose but the House should know that Government did not leave any stone unturned to secure the release of Mr McGowan and will continue to assign resources and sincere efforts to ensure his return to South Africa..

(b)The exact location of Mr Stephen McGowan is not known, because it is a known trend of the captors to move their captives with regular intervals, ensuring their safety and security. Different groups are publicly known to capture tourists in Mali and, although more information about the group may be sourced, providing more information on the group is not in the interest of the matter being dealt with.

(c)Government is working with many other Governments and agencies in an effort to effect the release of Mr Stephen McGowan. Providing details on each of these organisations at this stage may compromise his safety.

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02 June 2017 - NW786

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

Whether the locally recruited personnel charter of her department has been implemented yet; if not, (a) why not and (b) by what date will it be implemented; if so, what are the relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

An LRP Charter does not apply to our regulatory context , since all LRP administrative matters are regulated through domestic legislation applicable to the respective countries of accreditation. Therefore, DIRCO does not have such a charter.

a) Not applicable

b) Not applicable

02 June 2017 - NW785

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

(a) What are the full details of the (i) grievances and (ii) disciplinary cases that (aa) her department and (bb) each foreign mission of South Africa dealt with in the 2015–16 financial year, (b) how many were concluded, (c) what is the nature of sanctions that were meted out in each case, (d) how many are still pending and (e) what are the reasons?

Reply:

(a) (i) Total number of grievances handled during the period 01 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 is thirty two (32), and all thirty two (32) were concluded.

 

Nature of grievance

Number

Status

Unfair PMDS process

2 (two)

Finalised

Unfair recruitment and selection process

3 (three)

Finalised

Verbal abuse and intimidation

2 (two)

Finalised

Failure by the department to assist officials serving abroad with medical aids

1 (one)

Finalised

Disapproval of resignation

1 (one)

Finalised

Unilateral decision by the CFO to discontinue education allowance

6 (six)

Finalised

Failure by the department to upgrade the officials’ qualifications from FAA to MAC

4 (four)

Finalised

Harrasment and victimization

1 (one)

Finalised

Disapproval to undergo surgery abroad

1 (one)

Finalised

Exclusion from management meetings

1 (one)

Finalised

Disapproval of an application to attend MAC bridging course

1 (one)

Finalised

Disapproval of transfer back to South Africa

1 (one)

Finalised

Failure to upgrade post to high level

4 (four)

Finalised

Disapproval to attend a course

1 (one)

Finalised

False accusations

2 (two)

Finalised

Non payment of COLA

1 (one)

Finalised

     

(ii) Twelve (12) misconduct cases were handled and finalised during the period 01 April 2015 to 31 March 2016. See the table in paragraph (C)

(b) Twelve (12) grievances were from officials stationed abroad while twenty (20) were from officials at DIRCO Head Office

(bb) One (1) misconduct case was for the official stationed abroad and the remaining eleven (11) were for officials at DIRCO Head Office

(c) The nature of sanctions that were meted out in each misconduct case are as follows:

Nature of Misconduct

Sanction

Plagiarism

Not Guilty

Fraud

Dismissal

Insubordination

Not Guilty

Breach of Security

Final Written Warning plus recovery of COLA Allowance

Failure to disclose conflict of interest

One month Suspension without pay plus final written warning

Direlection of duty

Written Warning

Contravention of the procurement policy

Written warning

Gross negligence and dishonesty

Final written warning

Fraud

Final written warning plus one month suspension without pay

Misrepresentation and fraud

Dismissal

Irregular processes of the DBAC

Final written warning plus counselling

Absenteeism

Written warning

(d) All the cases have been finalised

(e) See the answer in (d)

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02 June 2017 - NW307

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

(1) With reference to the statement of the President of the Republic, Mr Jacob G Zuma, made during the State of the Nation Address on 9 February 2017, that South Africa will continue mediation efforts, peacekeeping operations and peace-making initiatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo, what is the current status of South Africa’s formal involvement in the specified country?

Reply:

  1. South Africa continues to support MONUSCO (United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) through a deployment of uniformed and other personnel in a multi-dimensional peacekeeping which involves the military, police and the civilian components. MONUSCO’s strategic priorities are to protect civilians, stemming out of violence against women and children perpetuated by armed groups. The current mandate of MONUSCO will expire on 31 March 2017. The UN will provide guidance in terms of the extension of the mandate based on a situational analysis on the ground, particularly in the Eastern DRC and the political developments as the country prepares for the elections by end of 2017.

 

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02 June 2017 - NW132

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

(1)What are the details of her department’s policy concerning the employment of foreign nationals in South Africa’s foreign missions; (2) (a) how many foreign nationals are currently employed by each foreign mission and (b) in each case, (i) in which position are each of these foreign nationals employed and (ii) what (aa) qualifications and (bb) special skills does each person possess; (3) did the mission conduct (a) background checks and (b) security clearance procedures on each specified foreign national; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(1) The South African Government, through the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), employs country nationals, third country nationals and/or South African nationals at the various Diplomatic and Consular Missions abroad, as support staff to the South African diplomats stationed in these missions abroad. Such employees are referred to as Locally Recruited Personnel (LRP).

(2) (a) 2049 LRP

(b)(i) The LRP are employed in the following positions:

  • Cleaner
  • Domestic Worker
  • Gardener
  • Watchman/Security
  • Chauffeur
  • Messager/Driver
  • Receptionist
  • Registry Clerk
  • Accountant/Assistant Accounts Clerk
  • Consular Clerk
  • Maintenance Officer
  • Secretary
  • Administrative Clerk/Officer
  • Information Clerk
  • Translator
  • Trade and Information Assistant
  • Marketing Officer

(ii) (aa) Each post has minimum requirements in terms of qualifications.

(bb) Post requirements and skills are determined by the level of the post

(3) (a) Yes

(b) As part of recruitment and selection, all applicants are required to submit a police clearance certificate from the local authorities of the host country.

10 January 2017 - NW2672

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

With reference to her reply to oral question 263 on 16 November 2016, what (a) are the names of all the specified employees, (b) crimes were the employees found guilty of, (c) measures will be implemented to ensure that persons found guilty of committing any crime will not be appointed as diplomats in the future and (d) steps will her department take againt the specified persons?

Reply:

(a) Name

(b) Offence

M Mjikeliso

Forbidden Person in terms of Aliens Act as well as Culpable Homicide

P Mukeni

Reckless or Negligent Driving

PS Sizani

Public Violence as well as Failure to comply with provisions of the Value Added Tax Act

MMN Ngoma

Prohibition of certain forms of Intimidation

N Mkoroana-Cita

All Motor Vehicles shall be registered and licenced unless contrary prescribed

BP Motloung

Reckless or Negligent Driving

S Ngombane

Riotous Assemblies Act – Person attends gathering after it was prohibited

SM Radebe

Occupy the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor

(c) When an official has committed a crime a full vetting investigation is conducted in order to

determine if his/her security clearance must be withdrawn and if it is withdrawn the official will not be able to be posted again as a security clearance is a requirement for a posting.

(d) See (c) above.

 

10 January 2017 - NW2671

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

Whether she has taken any steps against a certain official of her department (name and details furnished) after being reported to the Hawks for allegedly committing financial fraud; if not, (a) why not and (b) when will she take steps against the specified person; if so, what are the full relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

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(a) No, I have learned that SCOPA has referred the said case to the Hawks. The matter is still investigated by my Department and will release a report upon its conclusion.

(b) See (a) above.

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28 November 2016 - NW2605

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

What are the reasons that South Africa voted against the follow-up Human Rights Council resolution calling for the appointment of an independent expert to tackle violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity?

Reply:

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There has been no follow up resolution to that of the Human Rights Council on the said issue. South Africa has never voted against any resolution at the Human Rights Council or United Nations General Assembly on the thematic issue of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI). 

 

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23 November 2016 - NW2502

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Dudley, Ms C to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:

(1) Why did the representative of South Africa to the United Nations vote in favour of the resolution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation on 12 October 2016; (2) What informed the Government’s decision to vote in favour of the resolution, considering the implications regarding other religious connections to Jerusalem as a holy site? NW2892E

Reply:

1. South Africa voted in favour of the resolution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation on Occupied Palestine on 13 October 2016, in view of South Africa’s support for the longstanding right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and the achievement of their legitimate national aspirations that include freedom, independence, justice, peace and dignity in an independent Palestinian State. South Africa is also committed to the two State solution that is an essential part of achieving peace in the entire Middle East through the establishment of a free and sovereign Palestinian State co-existing side-by-side in peace and security with the State of Israel, based on the 4 June 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

2. This resolution has no implications regarding other religious connections to Jerusalem as a holy site in that it affirms the importance of the old city of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions. It seeks to safeguard the cultural heritage of Palestine and the distinctive character of East Jerusalem, in view of the persistent, systematic destruction of this heritage through numerous activities. It calls for an immediate end to these activities and for Israel to honour its obligations under UNESCO conventions, resolutions and decisions.

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07 November 2016 - NW2299

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Tarabella - Marchesi, Ms NI to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:

(1) Whether any (a) internal and/or (b) external forensic reports pertaining to (i) her department and/or (ii) each entity reporting to her were completed from 1 January 2009 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what is the (aa) name, (bb) subject matter and (cc) date of conclusion of each of the specified forensic reports?

Reply:

1. No. Neither (a) an internal nor (b) an external forensic investigation pertaining to either (i) the department and/or (ii) entity were conducted during the said period. As a result, there is no report to that effect.

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07 October 2016 - NW2060

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Grootboom, Mr GA to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether each Head of Department (HOD) of her department signed a performance agreement since their appointment; if not, (a) what is the total number of HODs, who have not signed performance agreements, (b) what is the reason in each case, (c) what action has she taken to rectify the situation and (d) what consequences will the specified HOD face for failing to sign the performance agreements; if so, (i) when was the last performance assessment of each HOD conducted and (ii) what were the results in each case; (2) whether any of the HODs who failed to sign a performance agreement received a performance bonus since their appointment; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) at what rate and (b) what criteria were used to determine the specified rate; (3) whether any of the HODs who signed a performance agreement received a performance bonus since their appointment; if so, (a) at what rate and (b) what criteria were used to determine the rate?

Reply:

1. Yes all signed their performance agreements

    (a) Nil

    (b) Not Applicable

    (c) Not Applicable

   (d) Not Applicable

       (i) April 2016

       (ii) Satisfactory Performance

2. NONE

   (a) And (b) Not Applicable

3. NONE

    (a) And (b) Not Applicable

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07 October 2016 - NW2025

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Boshoff, Ms SH to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What formal qualifications does each of her department’s (a)(i) Chief Financial Officers and/or (ii) acting Chief Financial Officers and (b)(i) Directors-General and/or (ii) acting Directors-General possess?

Reply:

Mr KE Mahoai (Act DG):

  1. Matric
  2. Management Development Programme (certificate) – UNISA Graduate School of Business
  3. MA – California State University Sacramento
  4. BED – University of Limpopo
  5. BA Paed – University of Limpopo

Mr CT Ramashau (CFO):

  1. Matric
  2. Bachelor of Commerce – University of Venda
  3. University Education Diploma – University of Venda

07 October 2016 - NW2095

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

What amount did (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to her spend on advertising 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 (aaa) in the 2015-16 financial year and (bbb) since 1 April 2016?

Reply:

(a) The Department International Relations and Cooperation has not spent any money on advertising for both the department and its entity, the African Renaissance Fund, on the following:

 (ii) Africa News Network 7 channel

 (iii) SA Broadcasting Corporation

(aa) Television channels

(bb) Radio stations

 (iii) National commercial radio stations

 (iv) Community stations

(aa) Television

(bb) Radio stations

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07 October 2016 - NW2005

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

Whether the Minister has taken any steps against a certain person (name furnished), who was stationed at the South African Embassy in the Republic of Burundi at the time that alleged fraudulent travelling documents were produced for a certain person (name furnished) in 2014; if not, (a) why not and (b) when will she takesteps against thespecified person; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

(a) At the time when the matter was reported to the Department, the official was placed on precautionary suspension pending outcome of the investigation. The investigation report recommended that one LRP be charged with misconduct for issuing fraudulent travelling documents to another person. Following the representations that the official made, the official’s precautionary suspension was withdrawn.

(a) Steps have been taken in that on 10 and 11 February 2015, a disciplinary hearing was conducted against the LRP and the chairperson found him guilty of the charges. The chairperson pronounced a sanction of dismissal against the LRP. The latter appealed against the dismissal sanction but the Appeal Authority confirmed the dismissal.

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15 September 2016 - NW1397

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Topham , Mr B to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether (a) her department and (b) all entities reporting to her are running development programmes for (i) small businesses and (ii) co-operatives; if not, why not; if so, in each case, (aa) what are the relevant details, (bb) what amount has been budgeted and (cc) how many jobs will be created through the specified development programmes in the 2016-17 financial year?

Reply:

Quote:

(a) The department does not run development programme as its constitutional mandate is outward focused in implementing foreign policy.

(b) African Renaissance and International Cooperation Fund, does not run development programme, suffice to say that, in the disbursement of funds for approved projects with regard to Humanitarian Assistance, emphasise is made to procure goods locally, in supporting SMME and small scale farmers.

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13 September 2016 - NW1549

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James, Ms LV to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(a) What amount did (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her spend on advertising in the 2015-16 financial year and (b) how much has (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her budgeted for advertising in the 2016-17 financial year?

Reply:

Quote:

(a)(i) The department has spent R 4,094,600.01 on advertising in 2015-16 financial year.

  • Advertising: Promotional Items & Marketing R 3,343,401.15
  • Advertising: Recruitment R 528,711.08
  • Advertising: Tenders R 222,487.78

It should be noted that the expenditure on advertising include procurement of promotional items that are mainly used by missions which is classified as advertising according to Standard Chart of Accounts(SCOA) as well as advertising cost for recruitment and tenders.

(a)(ii) The entity (African Renaissance International Cooperation Fund) does not have and operational budget, all operational costs are covered by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

(b)(i) The department budgeted R6,417,475.00 for advertising in 2016-17 financial year for procurement of missions’ promotional items, adverts for recruitment as well as adverts for tenders and

(b)(ii) The entity (African Renaissance International Cooperation Fund) does not have an operational budget, all operational costs are covered by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

Unquote.

29 August 2016 - NW1492

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

(1) Has (a) she and/or (b) her department been requested to waive the diplomatic immunity of a certain person (name furnished); if so, when was such a request made; (2) has she made a decision in respect of the specified request; if so, (a) when did she make the decision, (b) what was the decision and (c) what are the reasons for the decision; (3) has her department (a) conducted an investigation into and/or (b) initiated any disciplinary proceedings against the specified person for an alleged drunk driving incident that took place in Oslo, the Kingdom of Norway, in January 2016; if not, why not; if so, in each case, what are the (i) relevant details and (ii) outcomes?

Reply:

 

1. Yes, the Department received the request on 4 January 2016.

2) a) A decision was made on 12 January 2016.

b) The decision was to recall the employee concerned and not to waive his Diplomatic Immunity.

c) The decision was based on the provisions of Articles 29 and 31 the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 quoted as follows:

Article 29 of the Convention provides:

The person of a diplomatic agent shall be inviolable. He shall not be liable to any form of arrest or detention. The receiving State shall treat him with due respect and shall take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on his person, freedom or dignity.

4.1.2 Article 31 states:

1. A diplomatic agent shall enjoy immunity from the criminal jurisdiction of the receiving State. He shall also enjoy immunity from its civil and administrative jurisdiction, except in the case of:

(a) a real action relating to private immovable property situated in the territory of the receiving State, unless he holds it on behalf of the sending State for the purposes of the mission;

(b) an action relating to succession in which the diplomatic agent is involved as executor, administrator, heir or legatee as a private person and not on behalf of the sending State;

(c) an action relating to any professional or commercial activity exercised by the diplomatic agent in the receiving State outside his official functions.

3) a) Yes the Department has already conducted an investigation, and the Report of the investigation has recommended that formal disciplinary proceedings be instituted against the employee concerned;

b) The employee concerned has been officially notified that disciplinary proceedings are going to be instituted against him. Disciplinary proceedings against the employee concerned have not yet taken place because the Department is still in the process of drafting and formulating charges and compliance with all other relevant labour law requirements.

29 August 2016 - NW613

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Dudley, Ms C to ask the MRS C DUDLEY (ACDP) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:

(1) With regard to the imprisonment in Sudan of two Sudanese Christian men (names furnished), detained on the grounds of exercising their religious beliefs, (details furnished), what diplomatic action is her department taking since Sudanese authorities have allegedly (a) attempted to distance themselves from accusations of religious intolerance by placing unsubstantiated espionage charges against the specified persons and (b) failed to meet international fair trial standards; (2) will her department apply any diplomatic pressure on His Excellency Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir with regard to upholding international human rights standards; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant detail

Reply:

1. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has taken note of the arrest of the two individuals for their alleged religious believes. We further noted that one of them has since been released. Considering that, this is an internal matter in a sovereign state; our government therefore is constrained by international conventions on the conduct of diplomatic practice.

2. South Africa like all sovereign states will be cautious not to be seen interfering in internal matters.

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29 August 2016 - NW1570

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

(a) How many staff members are employed at South Africa’s embassy in the Kingdom of Norway and (b) what is the (i) designation, (ii) salary grade and (iii) name of each the specified staff members?

Reply:

(a) 5

(b)

DESIGNATION

SALARY GRADE

NAME

Ambassador

13

Ambassador QA Zondo

1st Secretary: Political

10

Ms BSM Mepha

2nd Secretary: Political

8

Mr ZHM Zondi

1st Secretary: CS

10

Ms MC Mashishi

3rd Secretary: CS

7

Ms EM Nkwane

29 August 2016 - NW1514

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Balindlela, Ms ZB to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

1)Whether her department was approached by any political party for any form of funding (a) in the (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2016; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; 2) Whether her department provided any form of funding to any political party (a) in the (i) 2013-14, (ii) 2014-15 and (iii) 2015-16 financial years and (b) since 1 April 2016; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in each case? (a) What amount did (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her spend on advertising in the 2015-16 financial year and (b) how much has (i) her department and (ii) each entity reporting to her budgeted for advertising in the 2016-17 financial year?

Reply:

1) (a)(i) No, there was no funding request received in 2013-14 from any political party

(ii) No, there was no funding request received in 2014-15 from any political party

(iii) No, there was no funding request received in 2015-16 from any political party

(b) Not applicable

2) (a)(i) No, there was no funding provided to any political part in 2013-14

(ii) No, there was no funding provided to any political part in 2014-15

(iii) No, there was no funding provided to any political part in 2015-16

(b) Not applicable

UNQUOTE.

16 August 2016 - NW1478

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Selfe, Mr J to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:

(1) Whether (a) her department and/or (b) the Government (i) have taken or (ii) intend to take any steps to (aa) stop the execution of a South African citizen (name furnished), who has been incarcerated in the Federation of Malaysia for drug trafficking since October 2013 and/or (bb) secure a transfer or exchange agreement with the government of Malaysia; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, what are the (aaa) relevant details and (bbb) progress made to date; (2) whether the Government has a position on South African citizens who receive death sentences in foreign states; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? FOR WRITTEN REPLY QUESTION NO: 1478 (NW1647E) PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 16-2016 OF 20 MAY 2016 MR J SELFE (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION: (1)Whether (a) her department and/or (b) the Government (i) have taken or (ii) intend to take any steps to (aa) stop the execution of a South African citizen (name furnished), who has been incarcerated in the Federation of Malaysia for drug trafficking since October 2013 and/or (bb) secure a transfer or exchange agreement with the government of Malaysia; if not, in each case, why not; if so, in each case, what are the (aaa) relevant details and (bbb) progress made to date; (2)whether the Government has a position on South African citizens who receive death sentences in foreign states; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?NW1647E REPLY: (aa)Yes, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation has taken steps in an effort to stop the execution of the South African citizen in Malaysia. The Minister wrote a personal letter to her Malaysian counterpart in which she requested the Malaysian Government to reconsider the death penalty handed down and to commute the sentence to an appropriate prison sentence. (bb) No, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation have not taken steps to secure a transfer or exchange agreement with the government of Malaysia. The mandate to consider entering into such agreements falls within the ambit of the Department of Justice and Correctional Services. (2) The position of Government is that South Africa has abolished the death penalty and that the South African Constitution does not mete out capital punishment and that the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation should therefore, in instances of South African citizens who receive death sentences in foreign states, approach her counterpart in that state and request the foreign state to reconsider the death penalty handed down and to commute the sentence to an appropriate prison sentence. The outcome of the subsequent decision by the other sovereign state needs to be respected irrespective of South Africa’s position.

Reply:

1. (aa)Yes, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation has taken steps in an effort to stop the execution of the South African citizen in Malaysia. The Minister wrote a personal letter to her Malaysian counterpart in which she requested the Malaysian Government to reconsider the death penalty handed down and to commute the sentence to an appropriate prison sentence.

(bb) No, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation have not taken steps to secure a transfer or exchange agreement with the government of Malaysia. The mandate to consider entering into such agreements falls within the ambit of the Department of Justice and Correctional Services.

(2) The position of Government is that South Africa has abolished the death penalty and that the South African Constitution does not mete out capital punishment and that the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation should therefore, in instances of South African citizens who receive death sentences in foreign states, approach her counterpart in that state and request the foreign state to reconsider the death penalty handed down and to commute the sentence to an appropriate prison sentence. The outcome of the subsequent decision by the other sovereign state needs to be respected irrespective of South Africa’s position.

 

20 June 2016 - NW629

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

1. What (a) is the current state of bilateral relations with Rwanda after Rwanda brazenly sought and assassinated Rwanda’s opponents in South Africa and, 2. (b) has her department done to ensure that Rwanda does not use South Africa as a killing ground of its opponents?

Reply:

1. South Africa and Rwanda enjoy good political, economic and social co-operation, as evidenced by the existence of over 20 bilateral Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding.

2. It will be recalled that, following the third assassination attempt on a Rwandan refugee in March 2014, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation declared four diplomats serving at the Rwandan High Commission to be persona non grata. The South African government through its security agencies is still following up on the matter as we view of this in a serious light.

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20 June 2016 - NW1477

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Selfe, Mr J to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

(1) Whether (a) her department and/or (b) any of South Africa’s (i) embassies and/or (ii) high commissions have placed any restrictions on (aa) the places where observers are sent to and (bb) the number of observers that are sent for election observer missions; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply:

1. South Africa has placed no restrictions on the places where observers are sent and the number of observers. It has to be noted that as a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), South Africa deploys observers to SADC Member States as part of SADC Election Observation Missions (SEOMs) in line with the Revised SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections adopted in July 2015. The revised Principles and Guidelines make provision for the SADC Secretariat to determine the number of observers to be deployed to each Member State holding elections. The number of observers required is determined by the political context, geographical size and financial considerations.

As Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation and during 2014-2015, South Africa led SEOMs to Botswana (October 2014), Mozambique (October 2014), Namibia (November 2014), Mauritius (December 2014), Zambia (January 2015), and Lesotho (February 2015).

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20 June 2016 - NW645

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

(1) Whether, with reference to the preservation of the manuscripts in Timbuktu, Mali, which was one of the key pillars of former President Thabo Mbeki’s African Renaissance agenda, and the apparent lack of commitment from the Government to preserve the specified ancient manuscripts and leading to them being endangered, why has her department ignored the specified project since 2009; (2) is this an indication of a weakening resolve for the African Renaissance within the current administration; if not, what has the Government done to show its commitment to the rejuvenation of Africa? NW760E

Reply:

1. I will not agree with the assertion that South Africa has ignored the preservation of the manuscripts in Timbuktu, Mali. Following the January 2012 political and security instability in northern Mali which resulted in the Ahmed Baba Institute Library being occupied by islamists/terrorist, causing huge damage to the building, most of the manuscripts were rescued and relocated to a safe place in Bamako, Mali. South Africa under the leadership of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and the Department of Arts and Culture continues to support the Preservation of the Timbuktu Manuscript in Mali. For example, in 2015, the African Rennaisance and International Cooperation Fund granted an amount of R10 million towards this project.

Further, South Africa has seconded an expert from the Department of Arts and Culture to Bamako, Mali, to assist with the preservation of the manuscripts and assess the conditions underwhich they are stored. Currently, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and the Department of Arts and Culture are working on renewing the Memorandum of Understanding that regulates this matter following the lapse of the initial one. As soon as this process is completed, the project to refurbish the damaged building will continue, subject to security situation.

2. There is absolutely no truth that the fourth Administration has no resolve to pursue the African Renaissance. For the past seven years, this Administration has played a leading role in pursuance of African renewal through several continental programmes such as the Presidential Infrastructure Championing Initiative (PICI), African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC), ongoing implementation of NEPAD, contribution to peacemaking and peacekeeping on the Continent, etc.

The adoption of the vision of the AU Agenda 2063 and its first 10 Year Implimentation Plan, is now the cornerstone of the African Renaissance.

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12 May 2016 - NW868

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Carter, Ms D to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

Whether the Government is working with international partners to help end the siege of Gaza and push for a rapprochement between Gaza and Israel so that the conflict in the Middle East could find a resolution and come to an end in the region which is creating huge problems for neighbouring countries and the world; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

Government is not only working with international partners and stakeholders regarding the “siege of Gaza and push for a rapprochement between Gaza and Israel”, but to address the full spectrum of challenges between Palestine and Israel, including those in the occupied territories and Jerusalem.The South African Government interacts on this issue with the international community in many structures, including the United Nations, the African Union, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the European Union (EU), the Commonwealth, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and BRICS.

In addition this issue also forms part of discussions in our bilateral relations.This process of engaging international partners and stakeholders is further facilitated through the appointment in 2014, of the Special Envoys for the Middle East Peace Process, former Minister Skweyiya and Former Deputy Minister Pahad. Since their appointment, the Special Envoys have visited Palestine, Israel and neighbouring countries to convey President Zuma’s grave concern over the then escalating violence, the civilian displacement and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.

More recently visits included high-level discussions to understand the impact of conflict in the broader Middle East region on the Middle East Peace Process and to assess a possible South African contribution. The Envoys intend briefing all structures of Parliament as soon as the necessary arrangements can be made.Similarly, DIRCO will also brief Parliamentary structures.

 

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11 May 2016 - NW917

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

(1)Has she earned any additional income from businesses, in particular businesses doing work for the Government, since her appointment as Minister; if so, (a) when, (b) how much did she earn, (c) from which businesses and (d) for what work; (2) whether her (a) spouse, (b) children and (c) close family earned income from businesses, in particular businesses doing work for the Government, through her appointment as Minister; if so, in respect of each case, (i) when, (ii) how much did each earn, (iii) from which businesses and (iv) for what work?

Reply:

 

Minister

(1)

No

(a)

Not applicable

(b)

Not applicable

(c)

Not applicable

(d)

Not applicable

 

(a)spouse

(b)children

(c)close family

(2)

No

No

No

(i)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

(ii)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

(iii)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

(iv)

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

11 May 2016 - NW996

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Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

How much does her department charge government departments every time the respective Ministers make use of the (a) protocol lounges and (b) chauffeur services at each airport under the management of the Airports Company of SA?NW1128

Reply:

(a) The Department (DIRCO) does not charge other Government Departments for the usage of the State Protocol Lounges by Ministers.

The Department (DIRCO) does not pay for any chauffeur services at the Airport for Ministers.

08 April 2016 - NW442

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Carter, Ms D to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1)Whether her department had requested any urgent meeting with the United States (US) Embassy or with the Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry to furnish proof of the embassy fomenting insurrection with a view to achieving a regime change in South Africa; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she will make a statement on the role of the US government through its embassy?

Reply:

1. No.

South Africa enjoys a strong cordial relationship with the US. Various channels of communication are open for both sides should they see the need to discuss any issue. The two Ministers normally do so under the auspices of Strategic Dialogue which they co-chair.

2. No.

 

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31 March 2016 - NW223

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Mhlongo, Mr P to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

Has her department awarded any contracts to companies indirectly or directly owned by certain persons (names furnished) in the (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial years; if so, in each specified financial year, (i) how many times were such contracts awarded and (ii) for what amount? NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WRITTEN REPLY QUESTION NO:223(NW224E) PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 2-2016 OF 19 FEBRUARY 2016 MR S.P Mhlongo (EFF) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION: Has her department awarded any contracts to companies indirectly or directly owned by certain persons (names furnished) in the (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial years; if so, in each specified financial year, (i) how many times were such contracts awarded and (ii) for what amount? UNQUOTE REPLY: (i)The number of times her Department awarded the contracts to the companies indirectly or directly owed by certain persons: No awards were made to certain persons. (aaa)2012/2013: None (bbb)2013/2014:None (ccc)2014/2015:None (ii)The amount that her Department spent on contracts awarded to the companies indirectly or directly owed by certain persons: No money spent as there were no awards made to certain persons. (aaa)2012/2013: None (bbb)2013/2014:None (ccc)2014/2015:None

Reply:

(i) The number of times her Department awarded the contracts to the companies indirectly or directly owed by certain persons: No awards were made to certain persons.

(aaa) 2012/2013: None

(bbb) 2013/2014: None

(ccc) 2014/2015: None

(ii) The amount that her Department spent on contracts awarded to the companies indirectly or directly owed by certain persons: No money spent as there were no awards made to certain persons.

(aaa) 2012/2013: None

(bbb) 2013/2014: None

(ccc) 2014/2015: None

31 March 2016 - NW427

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

(1) What steps has the Government taken to prevent the volatile situation in Burundi from escalating; (2) what is the Government’s position on the decision by the Peace and Security Council of the African Union not to intervene in Burundi; (3) what is the Government’s position on the deployment of a peacekeeping force to Burundi?

Reply:

  1. South Africa is concerned about the security situation in Burundi and that the Government has called for an inclusive dialogue that would include all the relevant stakeholders. As a former mediator in Burundi, South Africa supports the EAC-led mediation and remains ready and will continue to support the people of Burundi to achieve stability and development.
  2. There is no African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) decision not to intervene in Burundi.
  3. South Africa is a member of the AUPSC and therefore South Africa was part of the AU Council that took a decision not to deploy the African Prevention and Protection Mission in Burundi (MAPROBU) because it was felt it would be premature to send such a force to Burundi. Instead, the AU Council decided to lend its support to the political dialogue process led by the President of Uganda, hence the decision to dispatch an AU High Level delegation led by South Africa to engage the Government of Burundi and all relevant stakeholders on the need to start the inclusive political dialogue, end violence and facilitate the return of refugees.

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31 March 2016 - NW371

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Steenkamp, Ms J to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

(1) (a) What percentage of the total procurement of (a) her department and (b) every entity reporting to her went to (i) SMMEs and (ii) co-operatives from 1 April 2015 up to the latest specified date for which information is available? NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WRITTEN REPLY QUESTION NO: 371(NW383E) PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 2-2016 OF 19 FEBRUARY 2016 MS J Edwards (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION: (a) What percentage of the total procurement of (a) her department and (b) every entity reporting to her went to (i) SMMEs and (ii) co-operatives from 1 April 2015 up to the latest specified date for which information is available?                                                                                       UNQUOTE REPLY: (i)The percentage of the total procurement that her Department spent on SMME and Co-operatives from April 2015 up to latest date is as follows: DIRCO (i) SMME: 22.90% (ii) Co-operatives: 6.65% None

Reply:

(i) The percentage of the total procurement that her Department spent on SMME and Co-operatives from April 2015 up to latest date is as follows:

a) DIRCO

(i) SMME : 22.90%

(ii) Co-operatives : 6.65%

b) None

 

31 March 2016 - NW318

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Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 2583 on 4 August 2015, the Government has taken any further action to secure the release of Mr Stephen McGowan; if not, (a) why not and (b) what are the relevant details of the action that the Government intends to take in order to secure his release; if so, (i) what are the relevant details of the further action the Government took in order to secure his release since her reply and (ii) when is he expected to be released?

Reply:

a) Yes, Government through various Departments has continued to engage the Government of Mali to seek its assistance in securing the release of Mr Stephen McGowan.

(b) (i) Government will continue its Diplomatic efforts through its Bilateral Operations and in Multilateral Fora to drum up support for and seek assistance in securing the release of Mr Stephen McGowan.

(ii) It is not possible to set timeframes regarding the outcome of efforts being employed to seek the release of Mr Stephen McGowan.

31 March 2016 - NW245

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Mkhaliphi, Ms HO to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:

1 (a)Whether she and/or her department has bought advertising space in The New Age in the (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial years; if so, (i) what number of times and (ii) for what amount in each specified financial year? NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WRITTEN REPLY QUESTION NO: 245(NW249E) PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO:2-2016 OF 19 FEBRUARY 2016 MS S H.O Hlophe (EFF) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION: (a)Whether she and/or her department has bought advertising space in The New Age in the (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15 financial years; if so, (i) what number of times and (ii) for what amount in each specified financial year?                                                                                       UNQUOTE REPLY: (i)The number of times her Department used advertising space in The New Age were as follows: (aaa)2012/2013: None (bbb)2013/2014:None (ccc)2014/2015:None Thus no advertising space was used on The New Age. (ii)The amount that her Department spent advertising space in The New Age were as follows: (aaa)2012/2013: None (bbb)2013/2014:None (ccc)2014/2015:None No money spent as there was no advertising space used in The New Age

Reply:

(i) The number of times her Department used advertising space in The New Age were as follows:

(aaa) 2012/2013: None

(bbb) 2013/2014: None

(ccc) 2014/2015: None

Thus no advertising space was used on The New Age.

(ii) The amount that her Department spent advertising space in The New Age were as follows:

(aaa) 2012/2013: None

(bbb) 2013/2014: None

(ccc) 2014/2015: None

No money spent as there was no advertising space used in The New Age

31 March 2016 - NW198

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

Whether her Ministry has any frozen vacant positions, if so, (a) how many of the specified positions are vacant, (b) what are the designations of the specified positions and (c) for how long have the specified positions been vacant?

Reply:

No. The Department is in the process of implementing the new organisational structure approved during the 2015/16 financial year. Therefore posts to be frozen as a result of the cost containment measures announced by Cabinet are still to be determined.

21 December 2015 - NW3921

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

Whether the Government provides any form of funding to any of the various foreign (a) embassies and/or (b) diplomatic missions located in the country; if not, what is her department’s position in this regard; if so, which state’s (i) embassy and/or (ii) diplomatic mission is funded by the Government and (iii) what amount did the country pay to the specified state in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years?

Reply:

Quote:

  1. Yes, funding is provided to a foreign Embassies
  2. & (ii) The Funding is provided to the Embassy of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic as well as the Palestine Embassy
  3. The amount paid by the country to the Embassy of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic is as follows:
  4. 2012-13: R 1 464 000
  5. 2013-14: R 1 610 000
  6. 2014-15: R 1 610 000
  7. The amount paid by the country to the Palestine Embassy is as follows:
  8. 2012-13: R 1 393 000
  9. 2013-14: R 1 393 000
  10. 2014-15: R 1 393 000

UNQUOTE

21 December 2015 - NW4224

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

(1) Whether South Africa voted in the vote taken on 30 October 2015 in respect of the resolution to accept, among other states, the State of Israel as a member of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space Affairs; if not, why not; if so, in what committee did South Africa vote; (2) Whether the specified resolution will be made available to the public; if not, why not; if so, (a) when and (b) what are the further relevant details; (3) Did South Africa vote in favour of the specified resolution; if not, why not; if so, (a) why and (b) what are the further relevant details?

Reply:

In response to (1), yes South Africa did vote on the 30th of October 2015 during the United Nations General Assembly 4th Committee’s meeting on the draft decision A/C.4/70/L.7 entitled “Increase in the membership of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space”.

In response to (2), the specific decision as well as background information on the United Nations General Assembly 4th Committee issues, is available to the public and can be found on the United Nations website at: http://www.un.org/en/ga/fourth/70/documentation.shtml

In response to (3), a recorded vote was requested during which South Africa voted in the affirmative. The voting process called specifically for the inclusion of all applicants namely: Qatar, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, and Israel. Furthermore, South Africa was a part of the general consensus which reflected 117 Member States voting “yes” with, 21 “abstentions” and 1 voting “no”.