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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 - 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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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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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 - NW3066

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Redelinghuys, Mr MH to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:

a) How does her department define red tape and b) what (i) specific interventions/or (ii) systems have been implemented to (aa) identify and (bb) reduce red tape in (aaa) her department and (bbb) the entities reporting to her?

Reply:

(a) Red tape in the department of international relations and cooperation is seen as an obstructive bureaucratic routine or procedure that unduly hinders an official action.

(b) Specific interventions to reduce red tape in the department are to emphasise the application of SMART principles (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) in the execution of its duties, roles and responsibilities.

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21 December 2015 - NW2991

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:

(1) If, given the fact that the protection of investment treaty between SA and Zimbabwe does not retroactively make provision for the protection of the property rights of SA citizens against confiscation and/or illegal occupation before the treaty entered into force, she has had any discussions with the Zimbabwean Government to discuss compensation for the group of South Africans whose property was taken from them unlawfully and which is not protected by the protection of investment treaty; if not, why not, seen against the background of the rights enshrined in the Constitution of the RSA, 1996, and applicable international law; if yes, what are the relevant details; (2) If she is considering taking steps to promote the rights of SA citizens who, before the coming into force of the treaty, were disadvantaged by the Zimbabwean authorities and/or illegal occupiers, and to claim compensation for their losses; if not, why not; seen against the background of the rights enshrined in the Constitution of the RSA, 1996, and applicable international law; if yes, what are the relevant details; (3) What steps will she take with regard to the current unlawful confiscation of the property rights of South African citizens in Zimbabwe by the Zimbabwean Government and/or illegal occupiers?

Reply:

  1. Since 2000, the South African government has been in discussion with the government of Zimbabwe with regard to the issue of land reform and how it affected South African farmers in Zimbabwe. However the discussions were constrained by the absence of an investment protection mechanism between the two countries. The Bilateral Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (BIPPA) was signed in 2009 in Harare and came into force in 2010, but Article 11 thereof, does not provide for retrospective application. The South African government, none the less continues to engage the government of Zimbabwe to intercede on behalf of South African farmers within the provisions of the International conventions and applicable South African Legal Instruments.
  2. The available steps for compensation include provision for the matter to be negotiated between the affected farmer and the relevant Zimbabwean Authorities. The applicable Zimbabwean law in this regard will be the Acquisition of Farm Equipment and Material Act of 2004, which stipulates that compensation is only paid for improvements on the land and equipment.
  3. The steps that the Department takes upon receipt of information that South Africans’ rights have been infringed, is to engage diplomatically with the relevant Zimbabwean authorities, in accordance with the provisions of international conventions and applicable South African legal instruments

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21 December 2015 - NW3688

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Alberts, Mr ADW to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATIONinter

(1) Whether, with reference to the reply to question 103 of 27 March 2002, in which her predecessor stated in paragraph four that the South African Government would continue to ensure the safety and security of all its citizens, their property as well as South African-owned companies operating in foreign countries, the Government (a) still subscribes to the undertaking as contained in the said reply and (b) considers itself legally bound to it; if so, (2) Why was there a lack of assistance for farm owners in Zimbabwe during the extensive alienation campaign by the Zimbabwean government in the period prior to the signing of an investment protection agreement between South Africa and Zimbabwe in 2009; (3) What does the Government propose to do to add substance to the said undertaking in respect of farms, properties and businesses that had already been alienated in Zimbabwe before the commencement of the said investment protection agreement; (4) Whether the Government is considering the drafting of legislation to create an opportunity to institute claims against Zimbabwe, where the Zimbabwean government’s assets in South Africa can accordingly be claimed as compensation for South African citizens; if not, why not, seen against the background of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, and relevant international law; if so, what are the further relevant details? NW4356E

Reply:

1(a) Indeed, the South African government subscribes fully to the undertaking that was made in March 2002 to ensure the safety and security of all its citizens, their property as well as South African-owned companies operating in foreign countries.

(b) It is our responsibility as Government, to protect South African citizens and their properties in foreign countries. And, we shall continue to carry out this responsibility.

2 We would not agree with the assertion that there was lack of assistance from Government on the matter of the South African farmers in Zimbabwe. Since 2000, the South African government has engaged the government of Zimbabwe regarding the issue of land reform as it affected South African farmers. Our engagements were constrained though by the absence of a legal instrument such as the investment protection agreement between the two countries. The South African government nevertheless continued to engage the government of Zimbabwe to intercede on behalf of South African farmers within the provisions of the International diplomatic conventions and applicable South African Legal Instruments.

3. The South African Government will continue to engage diplomatically with relevant Zimbabwean authorities, in accordance with the provisions of international conventions and applicable South African Legal instruments. Further, recourse for compensation is available under the applicable Zimbabwean law, the Acquisition of Farm Equipment and Material Act of 2004, which stipulates that compensation is only paid for improvements on the land and equipment. The matter of compensation remains open for discussion and negotiation between the affected farmer and relevant Zimbabwean authorities. As Government, we have highlighted this recourse to the South African farmers. Instrument between DTI and counterpart.

4. No, the South African Government is currently not considering drafting any additional legislation on this matter. We believe that the affected South African farmers can pursue the existing recourse.

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21 December 2015 - NW3829

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Malatsi, Mr MS to ask the MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

(1) Whether she or her Department contacted or been contacted by any organ of state in the United States of America in respect of the on-going investigation and indictment into allegations of corruption in respect of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Soccer tournament; if so, (a) when and (b) what are the relevant details of the communication? NW4575E

Reply:

  1. No contact has been made with my Department by an organ of state in the United States of America in respect of the on-going investigation and indictment into allegations of corruption in respect of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Soccer tournament. However, my Department contacted the US Embassy on 2 June 2015 to request (a) a copy of the indictment issued by the US Attorney General regarding bribery allegations against the South African Government and/or its officials in the awarding of the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa and (2) for the US Attorney General to share with the South African Government any information, evidence and related aspects of its investigation of the allegations.
  2. Furthermore, at the request of my Department, the South African Ambassador to Washington, Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu requested a meeting with the US Department of Justice. On 26 October 2015, the Mission informed the Department that the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Adv Shaun Abrahams and the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Adv Nomgcobo Jiba were scheduled to arrive in Washington DC on 26 October 2015 at the invitation of the FBI to discuss the bribery allegations against the South African Government and/or its officials in the awarding of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  3. The National Prosecuting Authority is the South African authority that is handling this issue.

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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”.

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

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19 November 2015 - NW2880

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

(1) With reference to the launch of the South African Association of Former Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Chief Representatives on 16 July 2015, (a) what are the names and (b) current designations or former positions of each member of the association; (2) What selection process did the members of the association have to undergo in order to gain membership to the association; (3) Are any of the members of the abovementioned association receiving (a) remuneration or (b) benefits for their (i) membership in, (ii) affiliation to or (iii) attendance of meetings related to the association; if so, how much is the specified remuneration; (4) What is the association’s (a) mandate and (b) scope of interaction with regard to advising her department? NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WRITTEN REPLY QUESTION NO: 2880(NW3353E) PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER OF 07 AUGUST 2015 MR S MOKGALAPA (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION: With reference to the launch of the South African Association of Former Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Chief Representatives on 16 July 2015, (a) what are the names and (b) current designations or former positions of each member of the association; What selection process did the members of the association have to undergo in order to gain membership to the association; Are any of the members of the abovementioned association receiving (a) remuneration or (b) benefits for their (i) membership in, (ii) affiliation to or (iii) attendance of meetings related to the association; if so, how much is the specified remuneration; What is the association’s (a) mandate and (b) scope of interaction with regard to advising her department? REPLY: (a) Please find enclosed (Annexure A) the list of South African Former Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Chief Representatives who participated at the founding meeting that was held from 15-16 July 2005. (b) Former Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Chief Representatives Membership is open to former Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Chief Representatives who are retired from public (a) No (b) (i) No; (ii) No; (iii) No. However, it should be noted that on some occasions when specialist knowledge or institutional memory is required, the Department has, and will continue to, call upon former Ambassadors to assist on a particular issue, whether they are members of the Association or not. On such occasions, the normal consultancy rates are used for remuneration and the necessary assistance is provided to have these specialists participate in the requested role at DIRCO. (a) The main objective is to create a platform for former Heads of Missions to network and serve as a resource to the Department of International Relations and Co-Operation, and other government departments that have international relations responsibilities; to work with the provinces, especially the offices of the Premiers through their provincial officials, as well as local governments regarding relationships with their counterparts in foreign countries. It will further offer its members’ diverse, extensive experience and institutional memory to key and relevant stakeholders and partners to promote awareness of, stimulate discussion and deepen the understanding of international relations and diplomacy, and support the institutions responsible for implementing South Africa’s foreign policy. It will also create opportunities to exchange views with experts, academics, scholars of international relations sand other with an interest in diplomacy and foreign policy. It is hope that is will also mentor young diplomats to achieve best practice in the execution of their roles and responsibilities. (b) The association is an independent non-profit organisation. UNQUOTE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOUNDING DOCUMENT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF FORMER SOUTH AFRICAN AMBASSADORS, HIGH COMMISSIONERS AND CHIEF REPRESENTATIVES 1. BACKGROUND Many countries have established entities to tap into the institutional knowledge of their previous high-ranking diplomats and envoys after they have left specific posts and government service. The establishment of such a body in South Africa is a ground-breaking development that will enhance and uplift the country’s status internationally. It will put South Africa on a par with others and help towards raising awareness and understanding of the complex issues confronting the practice of international relations and diplomacy. In doing so it will draw on members’ diverse expertise, experience and institutional memory to enrich the formulation of foreign policy and underscore the country’s efforts to be a respectable member in the family of nations. 2. VISION To contribute to the pursuit of South Africa’s national interest to achieve a prosperous, united, non-racist, non-sexist, democratic and peaceful South Africa and Africa, and for a just and better world. 3. MISSION The Association seeks to maximize usage of its resources regarding the conduct of its foreign relations and the broad attainment of South Africa’s interests and foreign policy objectives. 4. OBJECTIVES: The main objective is to create a platform for former Heads of Missions to network and serve as a resource to: Have a constructive relationship with the Department of International Relations and Co-Operation, and other government departments that have international relations responsibilities; to work with the provinces, especially the offices of the Premiers through their provincial officials, as well as local governments regarding relationships with their counterparts in foreign countries. Offer its members’ diverse, extensive experience and institutional memory to key and relevant stakeholders and partners to promote awareness of, stimulate discussion and deepen the understanding of international relations and diplomacy, and support the institutions responsible for implementing South Africa’s foreign policy. Provide assistance to the Presidency, for example, by serving as Special Envoys. Create opportunities to exchange views with experts, academics, scholars of international relations sand other with an interest in diplomacy and foreign policy. Analyse global, regional and bilateral political, economic, peace and security, social and cultural trends in foreign relations and diplomacy. Mentor young diplomats to achieve best practice in the execution of their roles and responsibilities. Foster relations with relevant South African, regional and international organizations. 5. VALUES Patriotism Loyalty Integrity Professionalism 6. PROGRAMMES The Association will fulfil its mission through programmes designed to educate, inform and interact with the public about key foreign policy issues affecting the national interest. Such programmes will include but not be limited to: Conferences, ambassadors’ fora and other means of public interaction around the country to enhance the public understanding of international issues affecting the national interest; Mentorships that foster and develop young students, particularly in international relations; An orientation programme for Heads of Mission; Availing its members to support the Presidency including, for example to serve as Special Envoys or support staff; Providing its membership and associates with information so they can fulfil the Association’s mandate. 7. FUNDING The Association is a non-profit organization funded by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and other sources. 8. STRUCTURE The Association is led by an Executive Committee to be elected by its members on a simple majority and by a show of hands for periods of two years. The Executive Committee consists of a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, plus three additional committee members elected for periods of two years. The Executive Committee is further mandated to bring about appropriate administrative and support structures within the necessary and appropriate legal framework. The association elected the following as an Executive: •Chairperson - Amb G Nene •Deputy Chairperson -Amb. J Bardil •Secretary- Amb F Land •Treasurer -Amb M Moopeloa •Additional Members Amb W Nhalpo Amb. M Rakwena Amb. T Skweyiya 9. MEMBERSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITIES Membership is open to former Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Chief Representatives who are retired from public service and who meet its criteria and annual fee requirements, which will also be applied to any associate membership that may be established. 10. SYMBOLS. The Association will make use of a symbol and logo for identification. Annexure A List of Ambassadors   Initials & Surname Designation 1 Abba Omar Y Ambassador 2 Chikane M Ambassador 3 Chiliza TH Ambassador 4 Coovadia I Ambassador 5 Crewe-Brown L High Commissioner 6 De Swart I Ambassador 7 Dietrichsen PR Ambassador 8 Dr Kekana I Ambassador 9 Funde E Ambassador 10 Gantso Ambassador 11 Jacobs D Ambassador 12 Janse van Rensburg JG Ambassador 13 January-Bardill N Ambassador 14 January-McLean T Ambassador 15 Khasu MJ Ambassador 16 Kilian J Ambassador 17 Kotane J Ambassador 18 Kotane SS Ambassador 19 Kubheka TMN Ambassador 20 Land F Ambassador 21 Lujabe-Rankoe T Ambassador 22 Mabude NI High Commissioner 23 Mabuza L Ambassador 24 Magugu Z Ambassador 25 Manley AL Ambassador 26 Maqetuka M Ambassador 27 Matabane Ambassador 28 Mathoma TP Ambassador 29 Mavimbela DJ Ambassador 30 Mazibuko-skweyiya Ambassador 31 Mbatha KZ Ambassador 32 Mdlalose F Ambassador 33 Meyer DN Ambassador 34 Mfenyana S Ambassador 35 Mngqikana LMS Ambassador 36 Modise BIL Ambassador 37 Moloi S Ambassador 38 Mongalo ALCK Ambassador 39 Moolla M Ambassador 40 Moopela Ambassador 41 Msimang Ambassador 42 Nene SG Ambassador 43 Ngakane LD Ambassador 44 Ngubane BS Ambassador 45 Nhlapo WAW Ambassador 46 Olivier GC Ambassador 47 Pekane LST Ambassador 48 Phologane Ambassador 49 Pitso J Ambassador 50 Rakwena M Ambassador 51 Roux JP Ambassador 52 Saloojee YM Ambassador 53 Schoombie N Ambassador 54 Shaik M Ambassador 55 Sigwela EM Ambassador 56 Sisulu BR Ambassador 57 Sisulu SM Ambassador 58 Skweyiya ZST Ambassador 59 Tsheole N Ambassador 60 Visser TG Ambassador 61 Wheeler TF Ambassador 62 Zazeraj VJ Ambassador 63 Zulu VT Ambassador

Reply:

  1. (a) Please find enclosed (Annexure A) the list of South African Former Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Chief Representatives who participated at the founding meeting that was held from 15-16 July 2005.

(b) Former Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Chief Representatives

  1. Membership is open to former Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Chief Representatives who are retired from public
  1. (a) No

(b) (i) No; (ii) No; (iii) No. However, it should be noted that on some occasions when specialist knowledge or institutional memory is required, the Department has, and will continue to, call upon former Ambassadors to assist on a particular issue, whether they are members of the Association or not. On such occasions, the normal consultancy rates are used for remuneration and the necessary assistance is provided to have these specialists participate in the requested role at DIRCO.

  1. (a) The main objective is to create a platform for former Heads of Missions to network and serve as a resource to the Department of International Relations and Co-Operation, and other government departments that have international relations responsibilities; to work with the provinces, especially the offices of the Premiers through their provincial officials, as well as local governments regarding relationships with their counterparts in foreign countries.

It will further offer its members’ diverse, extensive experience and institutional memory to key and relevant stakeholders and partners to promote awareness of, stimulate discussion and deepen the understanding of international relations and diplomacy, and support the institutions responsible for implementing South Africa’s foreign policy.

It will also create opportunities to exchange views with experts, academics, scholars of international relations sand other with an interest in diplomacy and foreign policy.

It is hope that is will also mentor young diplomats to achieve best practice in the execution of their roles and responsibilities.

  1. (b) The association is an independent non-profit organisation.

UNQUOTE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

FOUNDING DOCUMENT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF FORMER SOUTH AFRICAN AMBASSADORS, HIGH COMMISSIONERS AND CHIEF REPRESENTATIVES

1. BACKGROUND

Many countries have established entities to tap into the institutional knowledge of their previous high-ranking diplomats and envoys after they have left specific posts and government service. The establishment of such a body in South Africa is a ground-breaking development that will enhance and uplift the country’s status internationally. It will put South Africa on a par with others and help towards raising awareness and understanding of the complex issues confronting the practice of international relations and diplomacy. In doing so it will draw on members’ diverse expertise, experience and institutional memory to enrich the formulation of foreign policy and underscore the country’s efforts to be a respectable member in the family of nations.

2. VISION

To contribute to the pursuit of South Africa’s national interest to achieve a prosperous, united, non-racist, non-sexist, democratic and peaceful South Africa and Africa, and for a just and better world.

3. MISSION

The Association seeks to maximize usage of its resources regarding the conduct of its foreign relations and the broad attainment of South Africa’s interests and foreign policy objectives.

4. OBJECTIVES:

The main objective is to create a platform for former Heads of Missions to network and serve as a resource to:

  • Have a constructive relationship with the Department of International Relations and Co-Operation, and other government departments that have international relations responsibilities; to work with the provinces, especially the offices of the Premiers through their provincial officials, as well as local governments regarding relationships with their counterparts in foreign countries.
  • Offer its members’ diverse, extensive experience and institutional memory to key and relevant stakeholders and partners to promote awareness of, stimulate discussion and deepen the understanding of international relations and diplomacy, and support the institutions responsible for implementing South Africa’s foreign policy.
  • Provide assistance to the Presidency, for example, by serving as Special Envoys.
  • Create opportunities to exchange views with experts, academics, scholars of international relations sand other with an interest in diplomacy and foreign policy.
  • Analyse global, regional and bilateral political, economic, peace and security, social and cultural trends in foreign relations and diplomacy.
  • Mentor young diplomats to achieve best practice in the execution of their roles and responsibilities.
  • Foster relations with relevant South African, regional and international organizations.

5. VALUES

Patriotism

Loyalty

Integrity

Professionalism

6. PROGRAMMES

The Association will fulfil its mission through programmes designed to educate, inform and interact with the public about key foreign policy issues affecting the national interest. Such programmes will include but not be limited to:

  • Conferences, ambassadors’ fora and other means of public interaction around the country to enhance the public understanding of international issues affecting the national interest;
  • Mentorships that foster and develop young students, particularly in international relations;
  • An orientation programme for Heads of Mission;
  • Availing its members to support the Presidency including, for example to serve as Special Envoys or support staff;
  • Providing its membership and associates with information so they can fulfil the Association’s mandate.

7. FUNDING

The Association is a non-profit organization funded by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and other sources.

8. STRUCTURE

The Association is led by an Executive Committee to be elected by its members on a simple majority and by a show of hands for periods of two years.

The Executive Committee consists of a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, plus three additional committee members elected for periods of two years.

The Executive Committee is further mandated to bring about appropriate administrative and support structures within the necessary and appropriate legal framework.

The association elected the following as an Executive:

• Chairperson - Amb G Nene

• Deputy Chairperson -Amb. J Bardil

• Secretary - Amb F Land

• Treasurer -Amb M Moopeloa

• Additional Members

Amb W Nhalpo

Amb. M Rakwena

Amb. T Skweyiya

9. MEMBERSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Membership is open to former Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Chief Representatives who are retired from public service and who meet its criteria and annual fee requirements, which will also be applied to any associate membership that may be established.

10. SYMBOLS.

The Association will make use of a symbol and logo for identification.

Annexure A

List of Ambassadors

 

Initials & Surname

Designation

1

Abba Omar Y

Ambassador

2

Chikane M

Ambassador

3

Chiliza TH

Ambassador

4

Coovadia I

Ambassador

5

Crewe-Brown L

High Commissioner

6

De Swart I

Ambassador

7

Dietrichsen PR

Ambassador

8

Dr Kekana I

Ambassador

9

Funde E

Ambassador

10

Gantso

Ambassador

11

Jacobs D

Ambassador

12

Janse van Rensburg JG

Ambassador

13

January-Bardill N

Ambassador

14

January-McLean T

Ambassador

15

Khasu MJ

Ambassador

16

Kilian J

Ambassador

17

Kotane J

Ambassador

18

Kotane SS

Ambassador

19

Kubheka TMN

Ambassador

20

Land F

Ambassador

21

Lujabe-Rankoe T

Ambassador

22

Mabude NI

High Commissioner

23

Mabuza L

Ambassador

24

Magugu Z

Ambassador

25

Manley AL

Ambassador

26

Maqetuka M

Ambassador

27

Matabane

Ambassador

28

Mathoma TP

Ambassador

29

Mavimbela DJ

Ambassador

30

Mazibuko-skweyiya

Ambassador

31

Mbatha KZ

Ambassador

32

Mdlalose F

Ambassador

33

Meyer DN

Ambassador

34

Mfenyana S

Ambassador

35

Mngqikana LMS

Ambassador

36

Modise BIL

Ambassador

37

Moloi S

Ambassador

38

Mongalo ALCK

Ambassador

39

Moolla M

Ambassador

40

Moopela

Ambassador

41

Msimang

Ambassador

42

Nene SG

Ambassador

43

Ngakane LD

Ambassador

44

Ngubane BS

Ambassador

45

Nhlapo WAW

Ambassador

46

Olivier GC

Ambassador

47

Pekane LST

Ambassador

48

Phologane

Ambassador

49

Pitso J

Ambassador

50

Rakwena M

Ambassador

51

Roux JP

Ambassador

52

Saloojee YM

Ambassador

53

Schoombie N

Ambassador

54

Shaik M

Ambassador

55

Sigwela EM

Ambassador

56

Sisulu BR

Ambassador

57

Sisulu SM

Ambassador

58

Skweyiya ZST

Ambassador

59

Tsheole N

Ambassador

60

Visser TG

Ambassador

61

Wheeler TF

Ambassador

62

Zazeraj VJ

Ambassador

63

Zulu VT

Ambassador

03 November 2015 - NW3418

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September, Ms CC to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether her department meets the Government’s 2% employment equity target for the employment of persons with disabilities that was set in 2005; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

No;

The Department does not meet the 2% Employment Equity target at present.

The Department acknowledges that achieving disability equity is imperative to the transformational agenda set by the Constitution (1996), the White Paper on Affirmative Action (1998) and other subsequent legislations.

Employees with Disabilities make up to 1.4 % (percent) of employees in the Department. The low representation of person with disabilities in the Department emanate from the rule that disability disclosure is done on a voluntary basis.

Concreted efforts are been made to allow persons with disabilities to apply for position in the Department and to apply for positions in the Department and encourage those that are within to disclose their disabilities status in order to meet or exceed the required 2% targets.

UNQUOTE

02 November 2015 - NW3331

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

(1) Whether the Government has ever discussed or intends to discuss at a diplomatic level with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the issue of religious freedom in Iran; (2) Whether she is aware that Christians in the country are frustrated to know that the Government has good diplomatic relations with Iran and yet does not seem to consider the issue of religious freedom and the persecution of Christians in Iran as a serious matter or even a concern; (3) has she taken any steps with regard to this issue; if not, why not; if so, (a) what steps has she taken and (b) are there further relevant details in this regard

Reply:

(1). Yes. South Africa and Iran are in the process of concluding a Modality Framework Agreement for the establishment of a Structured Dialogue Forum specifically focused on Human Rights. Once concluded, the Dialogue Forum will convene regularly and constitute a platform for both countries to hold frank discussions on issues and concerns regarding domestic human rights.

(2) The Dialogue Forum will allow the two countries to engage on all issues of human rights as contained in the United Nations Charter on Human Rights. South Africa and Iran already discuss human rights issues within the Joint Commission and the Dialogue Forum will provide a further platform for deeper engagement and cooperation.

(3) (a) During the 12th Joint Commission between South Africa and the Islamic Republic of Iran held in Tehran on 10 to 11 May 2015 the two sides agreed to strengthen their bilateral cooperation in the field of human rights in international fora among others. My Department, together with our Iranian counterparts are in the process of finalising a Modality Framework Agreement to establish a Structured Dialogue Forum.

(b). Not applicable.

UNQUOTE

30 October 2015 - NW3718

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

Which (a) hotels and (b) conference venues did the visiting delegations from (i) African and (ii) other countries use during the African Union Summit held in Johannesburg in June 2015?

Reply:

a) Hotels in and around Sandton area were used

b) The following conference venues were utilised:

  1. The O R Tambo Conference Centre
  2. The Sandton International Convention Centre

 

UNQUOTE

30 October 2015 - NW3700

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

With regard to (a) the diplomatic immunities and privileges awarded to delegates attending the African Union (AU) summit in Johannesburg in June 2015 as gazetted on 5 June 2015 (details furnished) and (b) the reply of President, Mr Jacob G Zuma, to oral question 14 in the National Assembly on 6 August 2015, that her department had gazetted the specific areas that would be the AU area, what was or were the exact geographical area or areas declared to be the AU area under the specified Gazette notice?

Reply:

  1. None

UNQUOTE

22 September 2015 - NW3273

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

(1) What (a) total amount did her department spend on air travel between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the 2014-15 financial year and (b) is the total number of trips that were undertaken; (2) What is the total amount that her department spent on (a) accommodation and (b) car rental in Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the specified financial year?

Reply:

REPLY:

1(a) The total amount her department spend on air travel between Gauteng and Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the 2014-15 financial year were as follows:

  • 2014/2015: R 439 893.90

1(b) the total number of trips that were undertaken was as follows;

  • 2014/2015: 75 Trips

 

2(a) the total amount that her department spent on accommodation was as follows:

  • 2014/2015: R 210 542.21

2(b) the total amount that her department spent car rental in Cape Town for employees attending Parliament business in the specified financial year were as follows

  • 2014/2015: R 115 795.21



END

22 September 2015 - NW3509

Leader of Opposition (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Has her Department extended an invitation to the President of Sudan, Mr Omar al-Bashir, to attend the sixth ministerial meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation which will be hosted in the country on 4 and 5 December 2015; if not, when does her department intend to do so; if so, who authorised the invitation?

Reply:

The Department of International Relations and Co-operation does not extend invitations to Presidents.

 

 

END

18 September 2015 - NW2881

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

1. What are the (a) names and (b) designations of each of the nine South African representatives abroad representing the country in various international organisations, as indicated on her department’s website; 2 are these representatives remunerated by her department; if not, are they remunerated by the international organisations on which they serve; if so, on what salary level are each of these representatives remunerated; 3 what appointment process did each of these representatives undergo; 4 were the (a) academic qualifications, (b) experience within (i) the foreign service, (ii) her department or (iii) the Public Service considered in the appointment process of each of the specified representatives; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of each appointment?

Reply:

Reply:

(1) (a)NAMES

(1) (b)DESIGNATIONS

ORGANISATIONS

AMB M Nkosi

Ambassador

Belgium and Luxembourg; and Mission to the European Union

Amb AK Bramdeo

Ambassador

Seconded by African Union to the European Union, Brusells

Mr E Beck

Minister Plenipotentiary

Belgium and Luxembourg; and Mission to the European Union

Amb JNK Mamabolo

Ambassador

SA Permanent Mission in United Nations

Mr EL Mminele

Minister Plenipotentiary

SA Permanent Mission in United Nations

Amb TJ Seokolo

Ambassador

Vienna, Austria and Permanent Mission to the UN & International Organisations

Ms L Greyling

Minister Plenipotentiary

Vienna, Austria and Permanent Mission to the UN & International Organisations

Amb AS Minty

Ambassador

Geneva, Switzerland and Permanent Mission to the UN and other International Organisations

Ms NP Notutela

Minister Plenipotentiary

Geneva, Switzerland and Permanent Mission to the UN and other International Organisations

Amb X Carim

Ambassador

World Trade Organisation

Amb X Mqulwana,

High Commissioner

Nairobi, High Commissioner to Kenya and SA Representative to the UN Habitat

Amb NN Ntshinga

Ambassador

Addis Ababa, Ambassador to Ethiopia and SA Representative to the African Union( AU)

(2) Yes. These Ambassadors and Senior Diplomats serve on concurrent representation at no extra remuneration.

 

Ambassador Bramdeo is seconded to the African Union as the AU Representative to the EU in Brussels as per request of the former Chairperson of the AU, Mr Jean Ping.

 

(3) The appointment process undergone by all representatives abroad is done in terms of Section 84 (2) (i) of the Constitution, 1996, which provides: “that the President has the powers entrusted by the Constitution and legislation, appointing ambassadors, plenipotentiaries, and diplomatic and consular representatives”.

 

(4) No. The appointment process is effected through the Constitution and does not prescribe academic qualifications and experience.

17 September 2015 - NW3206

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

(1) (a) Who are the members of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on BRICS and (b) what is their mandate; (2) (a) how many times has the IMC met since its establishment and (b) what were the relevant details of the issues discussed at the specified meetings?

Reply:

1(a) The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation tabled Cabinet Memorandum No 14 of 2012 to Cabinet to submit proposals for the Implementation Plan to prepare for the Fifth BRICS Summit, which South Africa would host on 27 March 2014. Cabinet approved this Implementation Plan that included the establishment of i) a BRICS Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) to provide strategic direction to the preparations for the hosting of the Fifth BRICS Summit ii) an Inter-departmental Technical Senior Officials’ Team (IDTSOT) to spearhead preparations for hosting the Fifth BRICS Summit and iii) an Inter-Departmental Logistics Committee (IDLC) to facilitate preparations for hosting the Fifth BRICS Summit. President JG Zuma decided to appoint 15 members of Cabinet as well as the Premier of Kwazulu-Natal as members of the BRICS Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC). The members of the IMC that were appointed included: Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation (Chairperson), Transport, Energy, Police, Communications, Finance, Mineral Resources, Trade and Industry, Public Enterprises, Economic Development, Science and Technology, Home Affairs, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, State Security, Defence and Military Veterans, Minister in the Presidency: Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration and Premier of KwaZulu-Natal. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation was appointed as Chairperson of the IMC. The IMC also considered and adopted Terms of Reference for its functioning.

 

A recommendation to review its mandate was considered at the 9th BRICS IMC on 4 July 2014. The IMC concluded that the BRICS Forum had become a strategic global engagement, which is central to initiatives to spearhead global governance reforms as well as the transition to a new global order, and it would therefore require continued strategic guidance from the side of the Executive. The Chairperson of the IMC obtained approval from the President for the IMC to continue to convene at a reduced scale, at least bi-annually, of which one meeting will precede the annual Summit to provide strategic guidance to preparations. The members of the reconstituted IMC that were appointed included: Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation (Chairperson), Energy, Finance, Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Science and Technology, State Security, and Higher Education and Training.

1(b) The mandate of the IMC initially was i) to provide strategic direction to South Africa’s tenure as BRICS Chairship for 2013 ii) to host all BRICS agreed sectoral mechanisms and to provide leadership during its Chairship iii) to ensure the implementation of the EThekwini Declaration and Action Plan and iv) to effectively communicate to the South African public, SADC and the African Continent the value of BRICS in advancing the African Agenda.

The mandate of the reconstituted IMC was aligned to the BRICS endorsed Terms of Reference of the BRICS Chairship, which BRICS adopted in 2013.

The additional mandate of the IMC during Chairship and as incoming Chair was highlighted, notably ensuring strategic leadership during SA’s tenure as BRICS Chair in close consultation with other members and to ensure implementation of Summit Declarations and Action Plan. The mandate of the incoming Chairship entails coordination in respect of the next annual Summit in consultation with all South African stakeholders, e.g. to select the Summit theme, propose the Summit programme/agenda and prepare draft Summit Declaration and Action Plan.

2(a) The BRICS IMC has convened on 12 occasions since its establishment in September 2012.

2(b) The most salient issues discussed during these meetings, include, inter alia, a briefing by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation on the most recent substance related developments in BRICS and South Africa’s position on these issues and briefings by partner Departments on the various tracks in which they participate, including amongst others, National Treasury, Trade and Industry, Higher Education and Training, Science and Technology and State Security. Depending on the issues that require attention and guidance, the agenda may vary. It focuses on the implementation of annual Summit Declarations and Action Plans notably input for high level meetings. The minutes of the meetings are classified.

 

Additional items discussed during meetings of the reconstituted IMC, included a concept document of the African Regional Centre (ARC), the draft Terms of Reference of the New Development Bank African Regional Centre (NDB ARC) Local Steering Committee and the Strategy for BRICS Economic Partnership (which was adopted by the Leaders of the Seventh BRICS Summit).

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17 September 2015 - NW2881

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

1. What are the (a) names and (b) designations of each of the nine South African representatives abroad representing the country in various international organisations, as indicated on her department’s website; 2 are these representatives remunerated by her department; if not, are they remunerated by the international organisations on which they serve; if so, on what salary level are each of these representatives remunerated; 3 what appointment process did each of these representatives undergo; 4 were the (a) academic qualifications, (b) experience within (i) the foreign service, (ii) her department or (iii) the Public Service considered in the appointment process of each of the specified representatives; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details of each appointment?

Reply:

Reply:

(1) (a)NAMES

(1) (b)DESIGNATIONS

ORGANISATIONS

AMB M Nkosi

Ambassador

Belgium and Luxembourg; and Mission to the European Union

Amb AK Bramdeo

Ambassador

Seconded by African Union to the European Union

Mr E Beck

Minister Plenipotentiary

Belgium and Luxembourg; and Mission to the European Union

Amb JNK Mamabolo

Ambassador

SA Permanent Mission in United Nations

Mr EL Mminele

Minister Plenipotentiary

SA Permanent Mission in United Nations

Amb TJ Seokolo

Ambassador

Vienna, Austria and Permanent Mission to the UN & International Organisations

Ms L Greyling

Minister Plenipotentiary

Vienna, Austria and Permanent Mission to the UN & International Organisations

Amb AS Minty

Ambassador

Geneva, Switzerland and Permanent Mission to the UN and other International Organisations

Ms NP Notutela

Minister Plenipotentiary

Geneva, Switzerland and Permanent Mission to the UN and other International Organisations

Amb X Carim

Ambassador

World Trade Organisation

(2) Yes.

NAMES

DESIGNATIONS

MISSION LEVEL

AMB M Nkosi

Ambassador

14

Mr E Beck

Minister Plenipotentiary

13

Amb JNK Mamabolo

Ambassador

14

Mr EL Mminele

Minister Plenipotentiary

13

Amb TJ Seokolo

Ambassador

14

Ms L Greyling

Minister Plenipotentiary

13

Amb AS Minty

Ambassador

14

Ms NP Notutela

Minister Plenipotentiary

13

Amb X Carim

Ambassador

14

*Amb AK Bramdeo

Ambassador

13

*Ambassador Bramdeo is remunerated partly by the AU and partly by the Department.

(3) The appointment process undergone by all reprsentatives abroad is done in terms of Section 84 (2) (i) of the Constitution, 1996, which provides: “that the President has the powers entrusted by the Constitution and legislation, appointing ambassadors, plenipotentiaries, and diplomatic and consular representatives”.

Ambassador Bramdeo, an official of the Department, is seconded by the AU to the EU.

(4) No. The appointment process is effected through the Constitution and does not prescribe academic qualifications and experience.

09 September 2015 - NW1131

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

(1) What amount did (i) her department and (ii) state entities reporting to her spend on each newspaper subscription in each month (aa) in the (aaa) 2011-12, (bbb) 2012-13 and (ccc) 2013-14 financial years and (bb) during the period l April 2014 up to the latest specified date for which information is available and (b) how many copies of each newspaper were ordered on each day of the week (i) in each specified financial year and (ii) during the period 1 April 2014 up to the latest specified date for which information is available?

Reply:

(a) The amount that the Department spent on newspaper subscription in each month was as follows:

(aaa) 2011/2012: R 164 092 per month

(bbb) 2012/2013: R 186 486 per month

(CCC) 2013/2014: R 155 975 per month

(bb) 2014/2015: R 112 122 per month


(b) The number of newspapers ordered on each day of the week was as follows:

(i) 201112012: 792

2012/2013: 808

2013/2014: 762


(ii) 2014/2015: 485

Attached please find here: Table of financial years

06 August 2015 - NW2423

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

What amount did (a) her department and (b) each entity reporting to it spend on advertising in (i) The Sowetan and (ii) The Daily Sun in the (aa) 2012-13, (bb) 2013-14 and (cc) 2014-15 financial years?

Reply:

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation did not spend any funds on advertising in the Sowetan and the Daily Sun newspapers during the 2012/2013, 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 financial years.

06 August 2015 - NW239

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Volmink, Mr HC to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

With reference to the reply of the Minister of Communications to question 1031 on 27 November 2014. The question was to determine total amount that (a) her department and (b) each of its entities (i) spent on or (ii) budgeted for advertising for each month between 1 January 2013 and 31 July 2014, excluding expenditure transferred though the Department of Communications for advertising.

Reply:

Between, 1 January 2013 and 31 July 2014, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation has spent funds on advertising as appended hereunder:

  • Departmental Campaign promotion/advertising : R 980 179.16

ADVERTISING: 1 JANUARY 2013 TO 31 JULY 2014

Placement Date:

Media:

Medium

Amount:

       

14 February 2013

SA PRESS ASSOCIATION

Print

60 000.00

19 February 2013

THOBELA FM

Radio

114 000.00

22 April 2013

HIGHBURY SAFIKA MEDIA

Print

16 092.00

11 June 2013

SABC

Radio

142 614.00

26 June 2013

HIGHBURY SAFIKA MEDIA

Print

54 628.80

27 June 2013

PICASSO HEADLINE

Print

23 940.00

28 June 2013

ALL MEDIA AFRICA INTERNATIONAL

Print

47 000.00

28 June 2013

HIGHBURY SAFIKA MEDIA

Print

54 628.80

10 October 2013

KAYA FM D8301

Radio

200 000.00

10 October 2013

ALIVE ADVERTSING D7360

Outdoor

143 838.36

23 October 2013

BENHLE MEDIA BN033/

BETHEL HOUSE MEDIA

Print

15 100.00

04 February 2014

HIGHBURY SAFIKA L9478

Print

27 314.40

11 March 2014

KASHAN ADVERTISING R0154

Print

81 022.80

Total

   

R 980 179.16

  • Departmental Recruitment Advertising : R11 330 928.45

RECRUITMENT ADVERTISING: 1 JANUARY 2013 TO 31 JULY 2014

Placement Date:

Media:

Medium

Amount

       

January 2013

Sunday Times, City Press & New Age

Print

477 351.87

January 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

296 082.95

January 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

433 341.05

February 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

472 912.40

March 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

305 499.98

June 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

477 351.87

June 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

359 965.23

June 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

486 045.71

July 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

436 345.71

August 2013

Legal Brief

Print

73 341.05

September 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

394 299.02

September 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

472 912.40

October 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

405 454.98

October 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

436 345.71

October 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

396 082.95

November 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

394 199.36

November 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

477 351.87

November 2013

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

396 082.95

February 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

473 351.87

February 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

396 082.95

February 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

433 341.05

March 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

472 912.40

March 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

305 499.98

March 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

473 352.89

May 2014

Legal Brief

Print

75 155.90

June 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

352 005.07

June 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

396 470.75

June 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

296 370.30

July 2014

Sunday Times & City Press

Print

465 418.23

TOTAL

   

R11 330 928.45

04 August 2015 - NW2583

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

Whether, with regard to a South African citizen, Stephen McGowan, who has been held hostage in Mali since November 2011, the Government has taken any steps to secure the specific person’s release; if not; why not; if so, what (a) steps have been taken and (b) are the reasons for the specific person not yet having been released?

Reply:

  1. Yes.

The Government continues to pursue diplomatic channels to secure the release of the South African hostage, Steven McGowan.

(a)  A Task Team chaired by DIRCO was established comprising security departments to oversee this case. The Task Team meets regularly and informs the McGowan’s family of developments. In Mali, the South African Embassy is part of the Troika comprising the Netherlands and Sweden. The Troika holds meetings and engages with the Malian government to get updates on developments regarding this matter. This Troika has since been reduced to two members following the release of the Dutch hostage by the French security forces. Furthermore, a Special Envoy was sent to Mauritania in February 2015 specifically to establish more information on the kidnaping and raise South Africa’s concerns on the continued kidnapping.

(b)  The political and security situation in North Mali makes it difficult for the Malian government to engage with the kidnappers but efforts continues from both the South African and Malian governments to secure Mr McGowan’s release.

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06 July 2015 - NW545

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

Whether any employees in her Department have been on suspension with full salary since 01 January 2014, if so, (a) how many employees and (b) what is the total cost thereof?

Reply:

(a) One employee was suspended; and

(b) The total costs is R546 000.00

06 July 2015 - NW2457

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

(1) Who in her department authorises the payment of (a) annual membership and (b) other fees to the African Union; (2) Does her department consult with the Minister of Finance or any relevant officials from the National Treasury before authorising South Africa’s annual membership payments to the African Union; if so, (a) have such taken place or (b) when will such consultations take place with regard to the country’s payment(s) for the 2015-16 financial year; (3) Have any representatives from the African Union contacted her department in the past 12 months to request additional funding, other than the country’s annual membership fees?

Reply:

1.    The Director General or his delegate (Accounting Officer) approves payments for annual membership and other fees to the African Union.

2.    No, it is not a requirement for her department to consult with the Minister of Finance or any relevant officials from the National Treasury before authorising South Africa’s annual membership payments to the African Union as the budget is appropriated to the department.

3.   No, the department has not been contacted in the past 12 months by any representatives from the African Union to request additional funding, other than the country’s annual membership fees.

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06 July 2015 - NW2456

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

What amount (a) did the country contribute to the African Union in (i) membership and (ii) other fees in the (aa) 201213, (bb) 201314 and (cc) 201415 financial years and (b) is the country planning to contribute in the 201516 financial year?

Reply:

The country contributed the following amount:

(a)(i) membership

(aa) 2012/13 R167 044 875

(bb) 2013/14 R151 160 331

(cc) 2014/15 R195 878 000

(a)(ii) other fees

(aa) 2012/13 None

(bb) 2013/14 R21 903 933

(cc) 2014/15 R35 962 000

(b) The budget for 201516 financial year is R160 216 million for African Union membership and R38 300 million for other contributions. Payment for membership fees is based on the assessed contribution.

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