Status of the Organisation of a Function
in Auckland, New Zealand by a South Africa Foreign Mission
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO 1075
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 36 OF 12 NOVEMBER
MR LB LABUSCHAGNE TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
(1) Whether any South Africa foreign mission abroad
organised a function in Auckland, New Zealand, during
the latest six-month period for which information is
available; if so, (on what date, (b) what was the purpose
of the function and (c) what was the cost to the taxpayer
of (i) airfares and other transport, (ii) accommodation
and daily subsistence allowances, (iii) venue hire,
(iv) equipment hire, (v) publicity and marketing for
the event, (vi) food and drinks provided at the event
and (vii) entertainment;
(2) Whether any persons were flown from South Africa
to attend the event; if so, (a) what is the name of
each such person and (b) what was the purpose of flying
them to New Zealand for the event;
(3) Whether any remuneration or honorarium was paid
to any of these persons; if not, why not; if so, what
amounts were paid to each specified person? N1571E
1. No, the High Commission in Canberra, which is also
responsible for New Zealand, participated in an event
in Auckland, New Zealand. The event was organised by
the South African community in New Zealand in collaboration
with GCO Agencies, an entertainment and events company
owned by former South Africans based in Auckland.
(a) On 6 November 2004.
(b) The purpose of the event, entitled, the "Out
of Africa" Festival, was to celebrate South Africa's
10 years of democracy. It was in line with a series
of similar events arranged by South African missions
all over the world to mark 2004 as the year in which
South Africa celebrated a decade of freedom.
(c) (i) A$7 789 (approximately R 47 000).
(ii) A$ 2 306.06 (approximately R 13 835).
All funds for airfares, other transportation, accommodation
and subsistence were taken from the High Commission's
10-Year Celebration budget.
(iii-vii) No tax payers' money was utilised for any
of these items.
(a) Three South African entertainers flew to New Zealand
for the event from private funds. They were: Dmitri
Jegels - 1st black radio announcer - who was MC for
the event, Trevor Davids, P4 radio character "Sister"
and Esti van Rooyen, a solo artist (all from Cape Town).
(b) The purpose of inviting the three entertainers
to New Zealand was to give New Zealanders a taste of
South African entertainment and to promote an understanding
and appreciation of South Africa and its people.
(3) No remuneration or honorarium was paid to any of
the entertainers. SAA sponsored their return flights
from Cape Town to Perth, while GCO Agencies covered
the return flights from Perth to Auckland for Trevor
Davids and Dmitri Jegels. Esti van Rooyen paid for her
own return flight from Perth to Auckland.
Accommodation and expenses for Trevor Davids and Dmitri
Jegels were covered by GCO Agencies, while Esti van
Rooyen's accommodation and other expenses in New Zealand
were covered by the South African Club in New Zealand.
The three artists, as well as several local New Zealand
artists, performed free of charge, as they regarded
their performance as their contribution to the global
celebration of South Africa's 10 years of democracy.