2021-w2678 - 25 December 2021

Thembi Portia Msane to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What is the plan of the African Union Standby Force to curb the attacks on countries that provide neighbouring countries with assistance in stopping insurgencies such as Kenya?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 25 Dec 2021

The African Union (AU) Constitutive Act gives the continental body the right to intervene in a Member State in grave circumstances such as war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity [article 4(h)], while Member States may also request the AU’s intervention to restore peace and security in their territory [article 4(j)]. Article 13.1 of the Protocol on the Establishment of the AU Peace and ...

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2021-w2787 - 25 December 2021

Thembi Portia Msane to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

In light of the fact that the African countries accepted loans from bodies and countries such as international Monetary Fund and China in the range of billions of US dollars that were allegedly disguised as COVID-19 assistance and to date, more than a year later, most African counties have not returned to their full economic activities and have budget running at a deficit, how does the African Union intend to assist such countries to pay back the loans? NW3297E

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 25 Dec 2021

 

 

The AU has and continues to advocate for the easing of debt burden owed by African countries, especially the Less Developed Countries (LDCs) and Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC), with the majority of them coming from the African Continent. The devastating impact of the debt burden to the economies and sovereignty of many countries in the Continent is hard to ignore. It ...

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2021-w2779 - 25 December 2021

Thembi Portia Msane to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What interventions is the African Union implementing and/or planning to implement in order to prevent African countries from losing sovereignty to other nations through debts and/ or loans, as it has allegedly happened with Uganda and is soon to happen with many other African countries that will not be able to pay back their debts

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 25 Dec 2021

The African Union is constituted by Member States who have the sovereign rights to determine their domestic priorities in line with their national interests. The prerogative to choose or establish measures to reduce debt burden or relief solely rest with each Member State of the African Union.

Nevertheless, and to the extent to which the debt becomes a burden to AU Member States, the ...

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2021-w2838 - 25 December 2021

Darren Bergman to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

2838. Mr D Bergman (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation: On what date will the mandate of the current Ambassador to Khazakstan come to an end; Whether the next ambassador has been informed of their posting ; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; Whether there is a delay in the posting; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the reasons for the delay?W3358E

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 25 Dec 2021

(1) 30 June 2022.

(2) Yes, the next ambassador has been informed of their posting.

(3) Yes, the Ambassador in Khazakstan was extended until 30 June 2022.

 

 

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2021-w2839 - 25 December 2021

Darren Bergman to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1) On what date will the mandate of the current Ambassador to Thailand come to an end ;Whether the next ambassador has been informed of their posting; if not, why not; if so, what is the reason for the delay?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 25 Dec 2021

 

The post of Ambassador in Thailand became vacant on 15 December 2020; Yes, the next Ambassador has been informed of their posting.

 

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2021-w2635 - 09 December 2021

Thembi Portia Msane to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What support South Africa has offered to ensure that the State of Libya holds peaceful elections, free from foreign interference, on 17 December 2021?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 9 Dec 2021

2635 IS APPROVED / NOT APPROVED / AMENDED.

COMMENT/S

DR GNM PANDOR, MP

MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

DATE:

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2021-w2633 - 09 December 2021

Thembi Portia Msane to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

How does the Government’s policy positions on apartheid Israel align when she pledges solidarity with the Palestinian People in her statement on 8 June 2021 on Justice for the Palestinian People and the Government and others moved in October for the rescission of the African Union’s decision to grant Israel observer status, while it permits Ms South Africa to attend the 70th Annual Miss Universe pageant to be held in Eilat, Israel and (b) what is the Government’s position on the Republic of South Africa being represented by Miss South Africa in an international event that will give credibility and acceptance amongst the community of nations to the apartheid state of Israel?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 9 Dec 2021

a) The South African Government remains steadfast in its approach with regard to the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP) and its support for the State of Palestine. The establishment of a viable Palestinian state, living side-by-side in peace with Israel, within the internationally recognised borders, which came into existence on 4 June 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in compliance with all relevant ...

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2021-w2347 - 23 November 2021

Thembi Portia Msane to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What measures does the Government intend to take in order to ensure that King Mswati III implements comprehensive democratic reforms in Eswatini?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 23 Nov 2021

His Excellency, President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence, and Security Cooperation, is seized with the engagements to bring about lasting solution to the political challenges in Eswatini.

To this effect, President Ramaphosa dispatched SADC Organ Troika Special Envoys to Eswatini from 21-22 October 2021, to engage with His Majesty King ...

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2021-w2199 - 10 November 2021

Mzwanele Nyhontso to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

With reference to the Republic’s successful hosting of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and related intolerance in Durban on 30 July 2021, and the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaiming 2015 – 2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent (IDPAD) through resolution 68/237, what steps has the Government taken in promoting and implementing IDPAD in the Republic; (1) (a) what steps has the Government taken to promote IDPAD in the structures and programmes of the (i) African Union and (ii) Southern African Development Community and (b) has she found that the specified steps had any impact on the continent; (2) Whether her department has taken any steps to promote IDPAD amongst the African Diaspora; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) Whether, in view of the Caribbean Community and Common Market using IDPAD to call for African Reparations; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) Whether the Government will provide (a) country reports submitted to the United Nations on IDPAD and (b) the date of submission of each specified report; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 10 Nov 2021

1. From the time South Africa successfully hosted the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) in Durban in 2001, our country has been in the forefront, particularly at the continental and multilateral/global levels to ensure that the outcomes of the Durban Conference are not only promoted, but are implemented by all countries around the world. It is important to note that the global anti-racism agenda ...

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2021-w1966 - 28 September 2021

Mkhuleko Hlengwa to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What are the (a) key strategic priorities of the Republic after assuming the role of organ of peace and security in the region at the 41st Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community and (b) budgetary implications in this regard?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 28 Sep 2021

During the 41st Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on 17 and 18 August 2021 in Lilongwe, Republic of Malawi, the Republic of South Africa became the Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

The overall objective and function of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security is the promotion of peace, security and stability ...

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