2020-w1988 - 28 September 2020

Darren Bergman to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether, the reference to the (a) last week of July 2020 and (b) first week of August 2020, the Deputy Minister, Mr Alvin Botes travelled to the (i) Karoo and (ii) Garden Route district on official business; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (aa) how did the Deputy Minister reach the destination, (bb) what total amount did the specified trip cost, (cc) who paid for the trip and (dd)what was the programme of the Deputy Minister while on the trip ?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 28 Sep 2020

  1. No, Deputy Minister Botes did not travel over the last week of July 2020.
  1. (i) and (ii) The Deputy Minister travelled to the Karoo and Garden Route district on official business from 2 to 7 August 2020.

(aa) Deputy Minister Botes travelled by road
(bb) R31 935.

(cc) The Office of the Deputy Minister covered the cost of the trip

(dd) The program/engagements ...

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2020-w2135 - 25 September 2020

Cameron Mackenzie to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What are the reasons that the Government has not signed the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data and (b) by what date does she envisage the specified Convention will be signed by Government?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 25 Sep 2020

a) The Department of International Relations and Cooperation is working with the relevant Government departments to facilitate the signing and ratifying process.

b) South Africa is committed to signing and ratifying the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data as soon as possible.

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2020-w2136 - 21 September 2020

Cameron Mackenzie to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

What are the reasons that the Government has not ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, commonly known as the Budapest Convention, after becoming a signatory on 23 November 2001 and (b) by what date does the Government intend to ratify the Budapest Convention?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 21 Sep 2020

a) The Government does not intend to ratify the Budapest Convention, despite the fact that South Africa (SA) participated in negotiations on the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, and signed the instrument on 23 November 2001. The Government took the decision to not ratify this instrument on the basis that the country’s policy on cybercrime did not comply with the provisions of the Convention ...

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2020-w2222 - 07 September 2020

Michael Waters to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether, the reference to the Foreign Service Act, Act 26 of 2019, in terms of which her department is compelled to render consular services in line with the Guidelines for the Provisions of Consular services, civic and immigration services are fully operational at all the South African missions; if not, (a) which missions do not currently have full operational services and (b) what are the reasons for not providing full operational services in each case?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 7 Sep 2020

Yes, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and the Missions abroad have been rendering consular services and civic and immigration services to South African citizens abroad utilising the Consular Services Guidelines of the South African Government. While the Foreign Service Act (FSA), Act 26 of 2019, recognises, acknowledges and reinforces the consular services and civic and immigration services that the Deparment has been ...

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2020-w1567 - 13 August 2020

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

What measures is the African Union (AU) taking to support countries that cannot pay their membership fees in order to belong to this essential African body; (2) Whether the position of the AU is that distressed African countries should sacrifice the wellbeing of their citizens in order to maintain their participation and to enjoy the protection of the AU, as is the case with South Sudan that has been removed from participating at the AU due to outstanding membership fees; if not, what is South Africa’s position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1943E

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 13 Aug 2020

1. The African Union (AU)measures relate to the Assembly Decision 3 (XI) which states that the Assembly may consider requests from Member States experiencing force majeure circumstances making them temporarily unable to pay their assessed contributions.

2. No, it is not the position of the AU that African countries should sacrifice the wellbeing of their citizens, no matter the circumances, to maintain their ...

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2020-w1568 - 13 August 2020

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

Whether she has engaged with her counterparts in Mozambique in relation to the upsurge in terrorist attack in the specified country; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) What (a) forms of assistance have they asked from the Republic and (b) kind of support will the Republic provide? NW1944E

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 13 Aug 2020

1. Yes. The two Governments have discussed the developments in Cabo Delgado. So far, our deliberations have been on receiving briefing from our Mozambican counterparts so that we can establish deeper understanding of the developments.

2. (a) and (b) The Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Troika of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation plus Mozambique of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held ...

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2020-w1574 - 13 August 2020

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(a) What is the average return period when a diplomatic bag is sent by a mission to the Republic and when it returns to that mission, (b) what measures are in place to ensure that if a diplomatic bag does not fill up, it is sent after a maximum time period to avoid indefinite delays in receiving Home Affairs documentation applied for at a foreign mission and (c) what tracking mechanismis in place between the period when Home Affairs delivers documents to her department and when they are delivered to a South African mission abroad; 2. By what date will the passport of Tama Leigh Guthrie (ID: 9407060225081) that was delivered by Home Affairs to her department on 15 June 2020 arrive at the South African Embassy in Beijing China?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 13 Aug 2020

1. (a)The average return period for diplomatic bag sent by a Mission to the Republic and when it returns to that mission vary between seven (7) to fourteen (14) days during normal periods. During the Covid-19 lockdown, it takes more time depending on the country of origin, availability of flights and other contingencies.

(b) The Department sends diplomatic freight bags to Missions everyday ...

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2020-w1409 - 13 July 2020

Darren Bergman to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

(1) (a) What are the reasons that the consular services is not available to South African citizens for other legal purposes, as the website of her department indicates that legalisation of documents for economic puposes will be made availableunder Covid-19 lockdown alert level 4, while the Republic is currently under alert level 3 of the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 and(b) by what date will this necessary service be available; (2) Whether sanitisation measures have been put in place; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details’? NW1780E

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 13 Jul 2020

  1. (a) The Department of International Relations and Cooperation adheres to its consular services mandate to serve the Public in terms of legalisation of documents which entails Authentications, Apostilles and End User Certificates for various objectives.

    (b)  The Department is currently serving the Public accordingly during alert Level three (3) of National Lockdown.

2. Yes, the sanitisation measures have been put in place which include ...

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2020-w1408 - 07 July 2020

Darren Bergman to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Whether she has been informed about the report of an independent specialist group hired by the former Minister to investigate maladministration in her department in the previous term; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what were the key (a) findings and (b) recommendations in the specified report?

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 7 Jul 2020

(a ) Former Minister L. Sisulu commissioned two reports by Independent entities. One report looked at matters relating to irregular expenditure in the Department. This report was done by a company named Open Waters. A second report compiled by a panel led by former Justice Minister, B. Mabandla focused on matters related to organisational culture. This included looking at matters related to allegations of sexual ...

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2020-w1003 - 23 June 2020

Mkhuleko Hlengwa to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

1.(a) What total number of persons were repatriated from other African countries during the period of lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 and (b)(i) at which quarantine sites were the specified persons placed and (ii) why were they placed at the specified quarantined sites; 2.Whether there were any persons that her department had identified, but was unable to repatriate; if so, (a) what total number of persons, (b) from which countries and (c) what were the reasons for her department’s decision not to repatriate such persons

Reply from the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 23 Jun 2020

1. (a) The total number of persons repatriated from other African countries during the period of lockdown by air is 1966, and those through land borders can be best provided by the Department of Home Affairs.

(b) The Department of International Relations and Cooperation is not responsible for allocating quarantine sites. The Department of the Public Works may be in a better position to ...

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