Information on Parties held by the Department of Foreign Affairs
between 2002 - 2006
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 31 OF 2006: 22 SEPTEMBER
MR DHM GIBSON (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
respect of each year since 2002, up to and including 2006,
(a) how many
parties were held by her department,
(b) what was the nature of the party
in each instance,
(c) how much did each party cost and
(d) From which
budget was the money allocated;
(2) whether any sponsorships were obtained
in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?
From 2002 to 2005 three parties have been held each year, with three parties been
held thus far in 2006.
(b+c) In 2002 the Department held an Opening of Parliament
Banquet in Honour of the Diplomatic Corps hosted by the Minister. The cost of
this function was R506 890.03.
In the same year the Department held a cocktail
function to mark its budget vote the cost of the function was R 27 965.60
The Department also had an end-of-year function for the staff of the Department.
The cost of the function was R465 645.45
In 2003 the Department held an
Opening of Parliament Banquet in Honour of the Diplomatic Corps hosted by the
Minister. The cost of this function was R361 757.50 The Department held a dinner
to mark its budget vote the cost of the function was R 55 244.42. We then held
an end of year function at the cost of R215 891.80.
In 2004 the Department
held an Opening of Parliament Banquet in Honour of the Diplomatic Corps hosted
by the Minister at the cost of R444 817.10. A budget vote cocktail party was held
in conjunction with the Department of Social Development. The cost to the Department
of Foreign Affairs was R22 931.20. An end of year party was held for staff at
the cost of R364 245.70.
In 2005 the opening of Parliament function cost
a total of R635 211.00. A luncheon was held to mark the department's budget vote
which cost R55 175.90. The end of year function for staff of the Department cost
In 2006 the opening of Parliament Function cost had a total
cost of R750 935.50 A dinner was held to mark the departments budget vote which
cost R57 900.80 The following morning a breakfast was held in conjunction with
Morning Live the cost to the Department was R28 650.00. A farewell Function was
held for The Chief of State Protocol Ambassador B.I.L Modise at the cost of R957
(d) All the Departments expenses came from its
voted funds and the budget of the Chief Directorate Public Diplomacy.
Sponsorships were obtained for many of the events hosted by the Department these
Sponsorship of R150 000 was received from BMW South Africa for the
2002 opening of Parliament banquet.
Sponsorship of R200 000 was received
from BMW for the 2003 opening of parliament banquet.
2004 opening of Parliament
BMW R200 000
Anglo American R150 000.00
2005 opening of
Parliament banquet cost a total of R635 211.00
BMW R200 000
The following sponsorships were received for 2006 opening
of Parliament banquet:
BMW R250 000
Anglo American R165 288.60
Burgers Park Hotel R20 000
In respect of the Farewell
function for the Chief of state protocol the a total sponsorship of R463 377.70
was received as follows:
BWM South Africa R227 777.70
Eskom R 110
Petro SA R25 000.00
PriceWater House Coopers R25 000.00
SAP (Systems Applications and products) R25 000
de Beers R25