2022-w2409 - 21 July 2022

Cornelius Petrus Mulder to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

To what extent has her department been engaged in subsidising foreign countries since 1 January 2018 up to the latest specified date for which information is available; (2) (a) which foreign countries have received financial aid during the specified years to operate in the Republic and (b) what are the details of the expenses covered by the aid; (3) What (a) training payments were issued during the above years for foreign delegations coming to the Republic and (b) are the expenses covered by such aid; (4) Whether she will make a statement on the matter?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 21 Jul 2022

1. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has made an annual contribution to the running costs of the Embassy of the State of Palestine in Pretoria since 1995. The Department has also since 2018 provided financial assistance for the operational needs of the Embassy of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in Pretoria.

2. (a) As stated above, foreign countries which have received ...

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2022-w2260 - 22 June 2022

Willem Frederik Faber to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Given that it was revealed in the AfriForum court case against the Government that the grand total of the donation to the Republic of Cuba was actually to be R350 million and not just R50 million, and noting that this was revealed after the civil rights organisation’s legal team requested the court record as part of its review application, and taking into account that, according to the record, the Government has agreed to a contract with the government of the Republic of Cuba, in terms of which the R50 million will only be the first payment in the more than a quarter billion rand donation, what (a) are the reasons that this information was withheld from Parliament and the public and (b) is the total number of other (i) deals and (ii) donations that are in the pipeline with the Republic of Cuba that are being withheld from Parliament and the public?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 22 Jun 2022

With regard to a reply to question 2260 on 24 May 2022, it can be stated that there is no link between what is currently before the courts, namely the donation of humanitarian aid by the South African Government to the amount of R50 million to the Republic of Cuba, and the Agreement that was signed in 2012 to make available an Economic Assistance ...

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2022-w1731 - 17 May 2022

Mkhuleko Hlengwa to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What are the full relevant details of the progress made to date on the non – residential accreditation process of her department (details furnished), including the embassies that have been identified for the specified process and breakdown of the savings achieved through the cost – containment measures?NW2058

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 17 May 2022

1. The ten Missions identified for closure, and subsequently closed in 2021 included the following:

  1. SA Representative Office in Minsk (Belarus)
  2. SA Embassy in the Holy See (The Vatican)
  3. SA Embassy in Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)
  4. SA Embassy in Helsinki (Finland)
  5. SA Consulate-General in Milan (Italy)
  6. SA Embassy in Muscat (Oman)
  7. SA High Commission in Suva (Fiji)
  8. SA Embassy in Bucharest (Romania) ...
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2022-w1732 - 17 May 2022

Mkhuleko Hlengwa to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether there were any new agreements that were signed by the Deputy Minister, Ms K C Mashego – Dlamini, and the Indian Minister of State External Affairs, Mr V Muraleedharan relating to trade, commercial engagement, foreign direct investment and partnerships between India and the Republic from 25 April 2022 to 27 April 2022 (details furnished); if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the details?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 17 May 2022

There were no new agreements signed between South Africa and India during the recent visit by Deputy Minister, Ms K C Mashego-Dlamini to New Delhi, India.

Deputy Minister K C Mashego-Dlamini represented the Minister of International Relations, Dr Pandor at the 7th edition of the Raisina Dialogue held from 25 – 27 April 2022 in New Delhi. The Minister, who had participated in the ...

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2022-w1513 - 17 May 2022

Mkhuleko Hlengwa to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

With reference to the Joint Communique’on the Occasion of the Fifth Session of the South Africa – Botswana Bi – National Commission, wherein the Heads of State, the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa and the President of the Republic of Botswana Dr M E K Masisi, noted in point 8 that 40 Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) have, over the years been signed `between the two countries and emphasised the need to fully implement all the signed agreements and MoUs, what are the (a) full, relevant details of the signed agreements and MoUs that have not been fully implemented, (b) reasons for the delays and (c) timelines for implementation?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 17 May 2022

a) Full relevant details of the signed Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) that have not been fully implemented:

  • The Heads of State at the Bi-National Commission (BNC) noted that in the years between the convening of the 4th and the 5th BNCs, the MoU on Cooperation in Prosecution Matters and the MoU on Cooperation between the Agricultural Research Council and the Botswana Vaccine ...
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2022-w1584 - 12 May 2022

Nceba Ephraim Hinana to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether (a) her department and /or (b) entities reporting to her concluded any commercial contracts with (i) the government of the Russian Federation and/or (ii) any other entity based in the Russian Federation since 1 April 2017; if not, what is the position in this regard ; if so, for each commercial contract, what are the (aa) relevant details, (bb) values, (cc) time frames, (dd) goods contracted and (ee) reasons that the goods could not be contracted in the Republic?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 12 May 2022

a) (i) & (ii) No

b) (i) (ii) No

(aa)None/ not applicable

(bb) Not applicable

(cc) Not applicable

(dd) Not applicable

(ee) Not applicable

 

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2022-w1225 - 11 May 2022

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

Noting that the United States of America is the biggest humanitarian supplier to the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, what has been the Government’s position on the African Union’s humanitarian stance with regard to humanitarian aid to unstable African countries?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 11 May 2022

The South African government supports the African Union (AU) Humanitarian Policy Framework which articulates the AU’s stance on humanitarian issues.

The AU adopted the AU Humanitarian Assistance Policy in 2015. It outlines a broad framework and the Continental body’s intent in dealing with humanitarian issues.

The Policy Framework establishes a strategic approach and guidelines in support of the core aims of humanitarian action: to ...

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2022-w1665 - 11 May 2022

John Henry Steenhuisen to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What are the full details of (a) all the (i) monies, (ii) loans, (iii) aid and (iv) goods and services that have been spent on Cuba since he became President on 15 February 2018 and (b) the explanation of why the Government has chosen Cuba as a beneficiary of South African aid and assistance?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 11 May 2022

a) (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) A loan was made available to Cuba under an Economic Assistance Agreement for agricultural development projects as well as reconstruction of infrastructure.

The loan was divided into two tranches. The first tranche of R63 million was made available in 2018. The Cuban government has fully repaid the loan.

The second tranche of R84 631 000 million was made available ...

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2022-w1666 - 09 May 2022

John Henry Steenhuisen to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether she has found that the Government’s relationship with Cuba has in no way materially benefited the governing party or any political organisation directly and/or indirectly; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further, relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 9 May 2022

1666 IS APPROVED / NOT APPROVED / AMENDED.

COMMENT/S

DR GNM PANDOR, MP

MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

DATE:

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2022-w1419 - 06 May 2022

Mkhuleko Hlengwa to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

With reference to the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, chairing the Extraodinary Summit of the Organ Troika of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) plus SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) Personnel Contributing Countries (PCCs) and the Republic of Mozambique on 12 April 2022, what are the details of the progress of the SADC Mission in Mozambique; (2) Whether any time frame was discussed regarding the fight against acts of terrorists in some parts of Cabo Delgado Province; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) on what date is it envisaged that peace will be restored in the region?NW1736E

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 6 May 2022

1. On 12 April 2022, Extra-Ordinary SADC Summit plus Personnel Contributing Countries received and noted the progress on the operations of the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) as well as the budget of SAMIM. The Summit Plus approved the transition of SAMIM from Scenario 6, (Rapid Deployment Capability) to Scenario 5 (Multidimensional Force), with a robust mandate (retention of Special Forces) by 15 May ...

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