Status on the Honorary Consuls-General and Honorary Consuls of South Africa abroad

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO: 1268

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 21 OF 01 AUGUST 2008

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Mr LB Labuschagne (DA) to ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs:

(1)(a) How many honorary consuls does South Africa have?

South Africa has 86 honorary consuls/honorary consuls-general and 6 vacant posts

(b) where do they serve; and

See ANNEXURE A

(c) how are they evaluated;

There is no single defined mechanism to assess the performance of honorary consuls.

(2) whether honorary consuls have any input into the evaluation;  if not, why not;  if so, what are the relevant details;

Not applicable in the absence of a defined mechanism to assess honorary consuls. Honorary consuls are, however, free to raise matters within the scope of their assignments with the heads of controlling missions.

(3)(a) how many honorary consuls and consulate have been

(i)
appointed,

Since 2003 41 honorary consuls have been appointed (33 new ones and 8 replacements in post where honorary consuls have retired, resigned or passed away)

(ii) established and

33 new honorary consulates were established since 2003

(iii) closed down in the past five years and

4 honorary consulate were closed down since 2003 (Liège in Belgium (2003), Venice in Italy (2008), Bamako in Mali (2002) and Colombo in Sri Lanka (2006).

(b) where were these consuls appointed;

See ANNEXURE B

(3) whether a certain person’s (name furnished) terms of reference were discussed with him concerning any shortcomings;  if not, why not;  if so, what are the relevant details?

Please refer to reply of Question 1267.

ANNEXURE A

SOUTH AFRICAN HONORARY CONSUL-GENERAL/HONORARY CONSULS SERVE IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES:

ARGENTINA (Also responsible for Paraguay)
Comodora Tivadavia  (Vacant)

PARAGUAY
Asuncion

AUSTRALIA  (Also responsible for New Zealand)
Canberra
Adelaide
Melbourne
Brisbane

NEW ZEALAND
Wellington
Auckland

AUSTRIA (Also responsible for Slovak Republic and Slovenia)
Graz
Linz
Salzbhurg
Innsbruck
St Poelten

SLOVAK REPUBLIC
Bratislava

SLOVENIA
Ljubljana

BELGIUM (Also responsible for Luxembourg
Antwerp

LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg

BRAZIL
Rio de Janeiro

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Bangui

CANADA
Sudbury
Vancouver

COLOMBIA
Bogota

EGYPT
Alexandria

FRANCE (Also responsible for Monaco)
Lille
Rennes

MONACO
Monaco

THE GAMBIA
Banjul

GERMANY
Dresden
Stuttgart
Frankfurt
Hannover
Dortmund
Bremen
Hamburg
Haselbusch

GREECE (Also responsible for Cyprus)
Thessaloniki

CYPRUS
Nicosia

HUNGARY (Responsible for Croatia)
CROATIA
Zagreb

INDIA
Kolkata, West Bengul

ITALY (Also responsible for Malta)
Bari
Bologna
Florence
Genoa
Naples
Palermo    (Vacant)
Trieste
Torina    (Vacant)
Sicily      (Vacant)

MALTA
Valletta

JAPAN
Nagoya
Sapporo

MEXICO (Also responsible for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras)
Monterrey
Guadalajara
Cancun

COSTA RICA
San Jose

EL SALVADOR
San Salvador

GUATEMALA
Guatemala City

HONDURAS
San Pedro Sula and Tegicigalpa

NORWAY (Also responsible for Iceland)
ICELAND
Reykjavik

PAKISTAN
Lahore
Karachi

PERU (Also responsible for Ecuador and Panama)
Lima

ECUADOR
Quito

PANAMA
Panama City

PHILIPPINES
Manilla     (Vacant)

PORTUGAL (Also responsible for Madeira)
Porto

MADEIRA
Funchal

RUSSIA (Also responsible for Belarus)
BELARUS
Minsk

SAUDI ARABIA (Also responsible for Bahrain and Yemen)
BAHRAIN
Manama     (Vacant)

YEMEN
Sana’a

SYRIA (Also responsible for Lebanon)
LEBANON
Beirut

SRI LANKA (Also responsible for Bangladesh and Nepal)
BANGLADESH
Dhaka

NEPAL
Katmandu

THAILAND
Chiang Rai

TURKEY (Also responsible for Uzbekistan)
Istanbul
Izmir
Mersin

UZBEKISTAN
Tashkent 

UKRAINE
Odessa

UNITED KINGDOM
Trowbridge
Preston
Leeds
West Sussex
Suffolk
Glasgow

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Dallas
Kansas
Wisconsin
Michigan
Minnesota
Salt Lake City
Mobile City
 

ANNEXURE B

THE 41 HONORARY CONSULS WHO WERE APPOINTED IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS WERE APPOINTED AT:

AUSTRALIA  (Also responsible for New Zealand)
Canberra
Adelaide
Melbourne
Brisbane

NEW ZEALAND
Auckland

AUSTRIA (Also responsible for Slovak Republic)
St Poelten

SLOVAK REPUBLIC
Bratislava

BELGIUM (Also responsible for Luxembourg
Antwerp

LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Bangui

COLOMBIA
Bogota

THE GAMBIA
Banjul

GERMANY
Dresden
Frankfurt
Bremen

GREECE
Thessaloniki

HUNGARY (Responsible for Croatia)
CROATIA
Zagreb

ITALY
Genoa
Naples
Trieste

JAPAN
Nagoya
Sapporo

MEXICO (Also responsible for Costa Rica, El Salvador)
COSTA RICA
San Jose

EL SALVADOR
San Salvador

PAKISTAN
Lahore
Karachi

PERU (Also responsible for Panama)
PANAMA
Panama City

RUSSIA (Also responsible for Belarus)
BELARUS
Minsk

SYRIA (Also responsible for Lebanon)
LEBANON
Beirut

SRI LANKA (Also responsible for Nepal)
NEPAL
Katmandu

UNITED KINGDOM
Trowbridge
Preston
Leeds
West Sussex
Suffolk
Glasgow

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Dallas
Kansas
Wisconsin
Michigan
Minnesota

 

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